The Brothers Hogan: A Fort Worth History.
The Brothers Hogan: A Fort Worth History
Jacqueline Hogan Towery, Robert Towery, and Peter Barbour
Texas Christian University Press
3000 Sandage Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76109
c/o Get PR
9780875655963, $36.95, 256pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: "The Brothers Hogan: A Fort Worth History" is a unique family portrait of one of golf's greatest legends. Lavishly illustrated with never-before-seen family photos, "The Brothers Hogan: A Fort Worth History" follows the lives of Ben Hogan, winner of sixty-eight tournaments and nine major championships, and his brother Royal, who climbed the ranks of top amateur golfers even as his brother Ben became one of golf's most successful pros. Narrated by Royal's daughter Jacque, Ben's niece, this revealing biography not only tells the story of Ben's and Royal's remarkable careers but also sets the record straight on the shocking suicide of the boys' father, on Ben's strained relationship with his wife Valerie, on the car crash that nearly ended Ben's career, and on scores of details that have been misconstrued in earlier accounts. The rise of Colonial Country Club and its legendary course--forever nicknamed "Hogan's Alley"--and the rise of modern Fort Worth are part of the narrative as the Hogan boys and their city grew up together. Major Fort Worth leaders such as Tex Moncrief, Amon Carter, and Marvin Leonard, the visionary who built both the Colonial and Shady Oaks courses, figure prominently in "The Brothers Hogan: A Fort Worth History".
Critique: Informed, informative, wonderfully illustrated with period photography, and a thoroughly entertaining read from beginning to end, "The Brothers Hogan: A Fort Worth History" is especially recommended reading for golfing enthusiasts interested in the contributions of fabled Ben Hogan and his brother to the sport. "The Brothers Hogan: A Fort Worth History" would make an enduringly popular addition to any personal or community library collection. It should be noted that "The Brothers Hogan: A Fort Worth History" is also available in a Kindle edition ($10.49).