• The Second Life of Tiger Woods

  • By: Michael Bamberger
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (147 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Written by a New York Times best-selling author and reporter who “knows the world of professional golf…like few others” (The Wall Street Journal) comes “the most insightful and evenhanded book written yet about one of the signature athletes of the last 25 years” (Booklist, starred review) detailing Tiger Woods’ remarkable comeback and his journey back into winner’s circle.

Tiger Woods’ long descent into a personal and professional hell reached bottom in the early hours of Memorial Day in 2017. Woods’ DUI arrest that night came on the heels of a desperate spinal surgery, just weeks after he told close friends he might never play tournament golf again. His mug shot and alarming arrest video were painful to look at and, for Woods, a deep humiliation. The former paragon of discipline now found himself hopelessly lost and out of control, exposed for all the world to see. That episode could have marked the beginning of Tiger’s end. It proved to be the opposite.

Instead of sinking beneath the public disgrace of drug abuse and the private despair of a battered and ailing body, Woods embarked on the long road to redeeming himself. In The Second Life of Tiger Woods, Michael Bamberger, who has covered Woods since the golfer was an amateur, draws upon his deep network of sources inside locker rooms, caddie yards, clubhouses, fitness trailers, and back offices to tell the true and inspiring story of the legend’s return. Packed with new information and graced by insight, Bamberger’s story reveals how this iconic athlete clawed his way back to the top.

This is a “gripping” (Kirkus Reviews) and intimate portrait of a man who has spent his life in front of the camera but has done his best to make sure he was never really known. Here is Tiger, barefoot, in handcuffs, showing a police officer a witty and self-deprecating side of himself that the public never sees. Here is Tiger on the verge of tears with his children at the British Open. Here is Tiger trying to express his gratitude to his mother at a ceremony at the Rose Garden. In these pages, Tiger is funny, cold, generous, self-absorbed, inspiring - and real.

The Second Life of Tiger Woods is not only the saga of an exceptional man but also a celebration of second chances. Bamberger’s bracingly honest book is about what Tiger Woods did, and about what any of us can do, when we face our demons head-on.

©2020 Michael Bamberger (P)2020 Simon & Schuster

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In some parts overly sympathetic to “poor Tiger”

I didn’t like how the author reduced tigers sex scandal to a “stiletto parade” of newspaper results. One of the women he seduced was the young daughter of a neighbour/friend but this wasn’t mentioned at all in the book.

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Nailed it

Spot on. You took us there. Glad I found it and have recommended it to others.

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Don’t buy this book

Typical author who had to bring Politics into a story not needed. This guy looks at all the Bad traits in Tiger Woods. Don’t waste the time listening to this.

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Overall, it’s good

Good information even though we’ve all heard it before. There were moments toward the end that I stopped and was touched by the author’s anecdotes. It should’ve ended there imo. The last 20 minutes were hard to listen to..too much effort to leave a mark on the impact Tiger had on golf, his family and fans. Worth the listen but lacked anything substantial.

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Very interesting-Love Tiger or not...

A lot of interesting insight. Some good - some not so good - but gives you hope for a kinder gentler Tiger. Narrator has a great voice, but unfortunately must not be a sports or golf fan. A little jarring how he pronounces Bouton, Kuchar, hosel, Amen Corner, and tries to imitate Nick Faldo. Only thing I really didn’t like about the book 🙁!

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Well done and fairly balanced

Bamberger‘s work often shows a bit of a agendaIn. In this book, the time benchmarks and achievements were noted. Personality quirks were developed fairly and the complexity of being the center of the golf universe were viewed with some level of patience and understanding.Probably this author’s best work.

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Very Good!

Having had the opportunity to meet and interact with Tiger 5-6 times for maybe 5 minutes each instance due to a previous job in golf, I enjoyed this insightful and honest bio of Tiger.

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Just OK

The book was interesting enough to keep going but it felt a bit gossipy throughout with 3rd hand information and had a negative vibe throughout. Was really hopeful there would be more background on Tigers life and overall more positive vibe, which there was at times, but just not to my taste.

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Great book!

It gives you great insight into what made and makes this champion tick. Loved it.

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Welcome back Tiger

I just love reading all about Tiger and this did not disappoint. Love hearing about the comeback.

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  • 08-08-22

Very Poor

Extremely dismissive and judgemental of Tiger. No balance to the story whatsoever - focused entirely on his failings and downplayed any successes.

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  • nigel
  • 03-08-22

Ridiculous slander

Stopped listening half way through, nothing but slander. Un substantial comments, hearsay and gossip.
Disgraceful journalism

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  • G Mason
  • 04-26-21

Disjointed

To the extent that I enjoyed this book its was because of my interest in how Tiger Woods a hieves his success. The book itself was disjointed and didn't ha e a flow that I could recognise. I would not recommend it versus the other great books about its subject. Disappointed

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  • David
  • 05-13-20

A Worthwhile Listen

Great book well read, I would recommend to any golfer or followers of the game.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-20

superb

Superb insights into Tiger and the comparisons to the other golfing greats behaviours was riveting. I am really looking forward to hearing you being interviewed on OTB golfing podcast. Congratulations Michael it was fantastic!

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