Synopses & Reviews
What Seabiscuit was to the early years of horse racing, The Greatest Game Ever Played is to the birth of modern golf. This thrilling narrative chronicles the birth of the modern game of golf, told through the story of Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon. These men, in pursuit of their passion for a game that captivated them as children, lifted them out of lives of common poverty and broke down rigid social barriers that made their sport accessible to everyone on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond, positioning golf as one of the most widely played games in the world today. Bestselling Category: What Seabiscuit was to the early years of horse racing, The Greatest Game Ever Played is to the birth of modern golf. The phenomenal success of books by John Feinstein and Harvey Penick demonstrate the potential for the right golf book to sell hundreds of thousands of copies. Every year seems to bring another golf bestseller. Original Research: The Greatest Game Ever Played reads as sports story, biography, social history, and dramatic confrontation. After having researched this topic for nine months, Mark Frost has come across richer source material that few people have encountered. Perfect Timing: There has never been a better time for a story about genuine heroes, national pride and the enduring friendship between America and Great Britain.
The book that hits the sweet spot is now a major motion picture! Announcing the official movie tie-in edition of Mark Frost+s award-winning The Greatest Game Ever PlayedThe riveting tale of one of golf+s most defining moments comes to life on-screen this fall from Walt Disney Pictures+and is sure to spark renewed interest in Mark Frost+s sensational book of the same name.The movie The Greatest Game Ever Played is directed by Bill Paxton and stars Shia LaBeouf (I, Robot), Stephen Dillane (King Arthur, The Hours), Peter Firth (Pearl Harbor), Elias Koteas, and Peyton List. It will be released in September +05 from Walt Disney Pictures.
Ouimet and Vardon were two men from different generations and vastly different corners of the world whose lives, unbeknownst to them at the time, bore remarkable similarities, setting them on parallel paths that led with a kind of fated inevitability to their epic battle at Brookline years in the future. This collision resulted in the big bang' that gave rise to the sport of golf as we know it today.
For Mark Frost, Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon represent everything that's right about sports in general and sportsmen in particular; gentlemen, champions, teachers, leaders, and each in their own quiet way, heroes. In THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED, Frost attempts to create penetrating studies of both of these men, along with over dozens of the game's seminal figures, within the dramatic framework offered by the tournament when they finally met, one of the most thrilling sports events in history, the 1913 U.S. Open.