Michael Bamberger, who has covered Woods since the golfer was an amateur, draws upon his deep network of sources inside locker rooms, caddie yards, clubhouses, fitness trailers and back offices to tell the true and inspiring story of the legend’s return. Packed with new information and graced by insight, Bamberger’s story reveals how this iconic athlete clawed his way back to the top ... In these pages, Tiger is funny, cold, generous, self-absorbed, inspiring --- and real ... The Second Life of Tiger Woods is not only the saga of an exceptional man but also a celebration of second chances. Being rich and famous had nothing to do with Woods’ return. Instead, readers will see him apply his intelligence, pride and enormous capacity for work to the problems at hand. Bamberger’s bracingly honest book is about what Tiger Woods did, and about what any of us can do, when we face our demons head-on.
Mr. Bamberger’s book is...thoughtful and focuses more explicitly on peeling back the Tiger Woods enigma. Mr. Bamberger goes out of his way to be fair, clearly distinguishing between what we can know and what we will probably never know. His speculations about the private Woods, always labeled as such, are informed by his more than three decades of golf reporting and five previous books about golf, including one about caddying for a tour pro. He knows the world of professional golf, and the pressures it exacts, like few others ... And he doesn’t give Woods a free ride ... The book is rife with digressions...but patient readers will find fascinating gems tucked among them.
As Bamberger tells it, Tiger Woods just didn’t fall; he crashed and burned, emotionally and physically ... Bamberger is at his best recounting in detail Woods’ redemptive victory at the Masters in 2019. He thoroughly lays out Woods’ faults, but he is still clearly in awe of the 'best player in history.' ... Even non-Tiger fans might find this amazing comeback story appealing.