The Making of Golf in America

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The Kingdom of Golf in America, by Richard J. Moss

Published by University of Nebraska Press, 2013. $34.99, 388 pages.

Professor Moss, the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History (emeritus), at Colby College, serves up for us the coming of the royal and ancient game to our shores in the steamer trunks of robber barons and Scottish groundskeepers, and its evolution as a social and economic phenomenon. Factual and academic (Footnotes! Complete sentences! Coherent paragraphs! The kind of book that makes you happy that you know how to read!) it is anything but dry. The industrial revolution and the five-day work week, world wars, streetcars, land use and lawns, television and the rise of professional tours, race, class, gender, profit motives, community, – along with the importance of –

Nice Pants, Memorable Nicknames, and Hats

And, of course,


If you play golf, and especially where you play, remains a political issue for most Americans.”

This book has it all – including a point of view about Donald Trump! (But then, these days, who doesn’t?)

SO, DJT good for the game – yea or nay? Read the book and see if you agree with the Professor!


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