The Greatest Game Ever Played by Mark Frost
Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf

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rancis Ouimet and Harry Vardon came from different worlds and different generations, but their passion for golf set them on parallel paths that would collide in the greatest match their sport had ever known. A young Massachusetts native, Francis was only three years removed from his youthful career as a lowly caddie. Harry was twice his age, the greatest British champion in history, and innovator of the modern grip and swing. Through exacting hard work, perseverance, and determination, Vardon had escaped a hopeless life of poverty; the unknown Ouimet dared to dream of following in his hero's footsteps. When the two men finally came together in their legendary battle at the 1913 U.S. Open, its heartstopping climax gave rise to the sport of golf as we know it today. Weaving the stories of Ouimet and Vardon as his narrative, Mark Frost creates a uniquely involving, intimate epic; equal parts sports biography, sweeping social history, and emotional human drama. Including historical photographs, The Greatest Game Ever Played is sure to be a must-read for millions of sports and history fans, and all who have ever dared to reach for their dreams.
 

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MARK FROST studied directing and playwriting at Carnegie Mellon University. He partnered with David Lynch to create and executive produce the groundbreaking television series Twin Peaks. Frost cowrote the screenplays for the films Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of eight previous books, including The List of Seven, The Second Objective, The Greatest Game Ever Played, and The Match.
 
Published November 3, 2004 by Hyperion Books. 496 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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An award-winning TV writer (Hill Street Blues) turned novelist Frost (The Six Messiahs, 1995, etc.) proves just as skilled at nonfiction in his affectionate recreation of the dramatic 1913 US Open Golf Championship.

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The New York Times

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"The Greatest Game Ever Played" is the latest movie to reconstruct a real-life sporting event from the past - in this case the 1913 United States Open golf tournament - for purposes of present-day sentimental uplift.

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Publishers Weekly

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This first nonfiction effort by Frost, who is a novelist (The List of Seven), television producer (Twin Peaks) and scriptwriter (Hill Street Blues), deftly tells the story behind the legendary 1913 U.S. Open, in which Francis Ouimet, a 20-year-old golf amateur from Massachusetts, shocked the gent...

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Despite being a movie about the "staid" game of golf and revolving around a story that takes place nearly a century ago, Paxton is able to incorporate CGI work and some truly fancy editing techniques to help the film build to its crescendo.

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Examiner

The next time you stop by a bookstore or the local library I highly recommend picking up a copy of Mark Frost’s book The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf.

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BookPage

The story behind golf's greatest matchBefore Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan, there was Harry Vardon, a British duffer whose style and methods revolutionized the game of golf.

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Chicago Tribune

Francis Ouimet - Shia LaBeouf Harry Vardon - Stephen Dillane Ted Ray - Stephen Marcus Lord Northcliffe - Peter Firth Arthur Ouimet - Elias Koteas Eddie Lowery - Josh Flitter Mary Ouimet - Marnie McPhail

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The Trades

With apologies to the NFL's "Greatest Game Ever Played," this fact-based tale of triumph by actor/director Bill ("Game over, man, game over!") Paxton presents a suspenseful (even though it is golf) recreation of the 1913 United States Open Golf Championship.

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The Golf Blogger

The Greatest Game is compelling story of two lives that collide at the US Open: Francis Ouimet, a young working class amateur, and Harry Vardon, winner of six Open (British) Championships.—who, ironically, came from a very similar background to Oiumet’s.

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