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Tiger: The Real Storyby Steve Helling
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Before the scandal, the world knew very little about Tiger Woods. After the scandal, they knew him even less. He was born to a father who described him as the Chosen One, with the power to shape the fate of nations. His mother called him the Universal Child, with the ability to hold the races together. Selecting the unlikely avenue of golf, they groomed their son for the fame and influence that they always believed was his destiny. At age twenty, Tiger Woods made his debut in a Nike commercial. "Hello, World," he said. "Are you ready for me?" The world was ready. For the next thirteen years, Tiger nearly lived up to his parents' outsize expectations. He conquered the world of golf with skills the sport had never before seen. He became a global icon and a Madison Avenue darling, earning more for his squeaky clean persona than he earned for his sport. He settled down with a beautiful Swedish model and started a family. His net worth approached a billion dollars. Everything was going according to plan - until the scandal hit. As the media breathlessly mixed news with speculation, Tiger became the poster boy for self-destruction. Corporate America exercised its fickle option and Tiger Woods was suddenly transformed from a commercial spokesman into a tabloid King. But for all the media reports on this or that revelation, Tiger's true character remains a mystery. Steve Helling, a People magazine staff writer who has long covered Tiger Woods, draws on intimate sources, many speaking out for the first time, to create a never-before-seen portrait of the golfer - not the carefully groomed handlers' image, not the media-maintained facade, but Tiger as he really is. Helling shows how the people closest to Tiger - an ambitious father, a fiercely protective mother, and a star-struck wife - have shaped him into a singularly complex and conflicted man. At the heart of the story is Tiger himself, an insecure and socially inept adolescent thrust into the spotlight, whose later sudden fall from grace has nearly destroyed his personal and professional life. Where does he go from here?
"People magazine staff writer Helling tries to squeeze every last drop of titillation out of Tiger Woods' recent meltdown. Though he poses as one of the golfer's intimates, the author's mention of being 'on hand for the... wedding' should cause readers to wonder if he was invited guest or part of the paparazzi. At any rate, he gives a somnolent recount created largely from previously released information: Tiger's early nerdy image was corrected in school when 'glasses were replaced by contact lenses and his thick curls cut shorter;' the golfer places '...family first, school second, and golf third;' at the wedding reception, 'Tiger had several drinks; Elin had none;' while Tiger had had affairs before his father's death, he 'went into overdrive' afterward. Not one for declarative statements, Helling offers observations torn right from the playbook: 'Tiger is still one of the best golfers to ever play the game...that will probably not ever be enough to fully restore his public image as perhaps the most beloved athlete in the world.' This book may remind readers not to idolize their public figures, but anyone looking for revelations won't find them here." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Helling, a "People" magazine staff writer who has long covered Tiger Woods, draws on intimate sources, many speaking out for the first time, to create a never-before-seen portrait of the golfer.
Born to a father who described him as the chosen one” and a mother who called him the universal child,” Tiger Woods was groomed for the fame and influence that his parents believed was his destiny. At age twenty, he made his debut in a Nike commercial. Hello, world,” he said. Are you ready for me?”
The world was ready.
For the next thirteen years, Tiger nearly lived up to his parents outsized expectations. He conquered the world of golf, settled down with a beautiful Swedish model, and started a family. His net worth approached one billion dollars. Everything was going according to plan—until the scandal hit.
Steve Helling has long covered Tiger Woodss career, and here he draws on intimate sources— many speaking out for the first time—to create a never-before-seen portrait of the golfer.
About the Author
Steve Helling has written over one thousand articles for People magazine, including fifty-five cover stories. He lives in Orlando, Florida.
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