"The Swinger: A Novel" Review
By mustang6560 on 8/29/11
The book, "The Swinger: A Novel" by Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck, is a fictional tale about the life of golf's biggest star, Herbert X. "Tree" Tremont (yes, this is the "Tiger Woods book").

The book fictitiously chronicles the life of Tree, who is eerily similar to Tiger Woods, before, during and after his perfectly storied career is unraveled by a sex scandal. The authors freely admit that there are parallels between what happened in real life to Tiger and what happens in the book to Tree.
“Thanks to the magic of fiction we could go behind closed doors and truly get to know and understand our protagonist Tree Tremont in ways that are impossible with a remote figure like Tiger. For hard-core golf fans there is a lot of insight into the Tour and the rarified worlds of the top golfers; Michael and I have covered pro golf for a combined four decades and many of the great stories and whispers we’ve heard (but could never fact-check!) inform this book.”
If you are a golf fan and if you enjoy reading, then I'd recommend "The Swinger" to you. It is well written and because it's fictional, the authors were able to add all the necessary drama to make the book a page turner. I enjoyed reading it.

But, I think the whole premise of the book is unfair to Tiger Woods, and frankly, I think it's crap Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck are able to make money off Tiger's sex scandal because essentially, that's what's happening.

The book was fairly published under the "fiction" genre, however, by doing so, the authors were given a green light to publish rumors about Tiger Woods' sex scandal under the guise of the character "Tree" that would never otherwise see the light of day. Further, the fiction classification allowed the authors to project their personal views and opinions of who Tiger Woods should be and how he should have responded to the scandal in order to benefit their careers as members of the media. In the book, after the news broke of "Tree's" transgression, he came out and confessed his sins to the world, he started to open up as an individual and everyone eventually fell in love him again.

In the age of 24/7 news and Facebook and Twitter, misinformation is rampant on the Internet. It's hard to know what's based in fact and what's based in fiction. I think the people who read the book will walk away thinking "Did Tiger Woods actually do that?" despite the fact the book is listed as fiction. If that was the goal, then mission accomplished.

The suggested retail price for "The Swinger" is $25, but you can find it cheaper on sites like Amazon.com.


[ comments ]
guzzlingil says:
Hey Mustang, off topic...how was Peterson left off the Walker Cup team....??....
8/29/11
 
Backquak says:
+1 Guzz, hey he was to busy reading fiction golf to follow the real world of golf, he he he
8/29/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
Thanks for the review. I doubt I will read this novel. Oliver Stone can now make the film and further confuse fact with fiction for the American public.
8/29/11
 
homermania says:
I thought Tiger did pretty well yesterday. When I tuned in, he managed to finish 11th place in a tournament he didn't even qualify for!
8/29/11
 
rmumph1 says:
Guzz, it's a shame about Peterson. Not golf related but, are you going to Dallas this weekend. I'll be there in sec 439.
8/29/11
 
guzzlingil says:
rmumph....no watching it over BIL's ...having big party...100+ folks...geaux Tigers!
8/29/11
 
Banker85 says:
Maybe one day Tiger will have a biography or autobio written to discuss all that went on and his thought process of why he did what he did. That would be a top seller instantly.
8/29/11
 
homermania says:
No post on Tiger committing to the Frys yet?!?!
8/29/11
 
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