My Books

I’m the author of three nonfiction books.

HO! HO! HO!: The Life and Legend of the Jolly Green Giant (2015 ebook) is the true story of one of America’s favorite giants. First appearing in 1928, the Jolly Green Giant went from a vegetable mascot to a company brand to a cultural icon. HO! HO! HO! is the full amusing account of how the Jolly Green Giant came into being, and how, over time, he became nearly as appealing and wholesome as a helping of sweet niblet corn.

“A gem from Americana.”
—James C. Richards

DRAW IN THE DUNES: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World published in September 2014 from Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press. It includes a foreword by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, the central characters in a drama that culminates in a famous act of sportsmanship. DRAW IN THE DUNES was nominated for The Herbert Warren Wind Book Award, a United States Golf Association award that recognizes outstanding contributions to golf literature.

Video: I read from DRAW IN THE DUNES.

“Neil Sagebiel brings the memorable tournament to life…Mr. Sagebiel’s narrative is strongest when he reports the hole-to-hole proceedings, which is all the more remarkable since only three minutes of television footage were archived. He teases out drama and puts the reader on the green.”
Wall Street Journal

“I have devoured it in two sittings, finishing at 2:30 a.m. today …. Couldn’t put it down.”
—Grant Hall, radio host, Press Row

“This is the definitive account of one of golf’s great stories of sportsmanship and honor… Sagebiel deserves to stand as a beacon for all aspiring sportswriters.”
Yahoo! Sports Blog

“‘Draw in the Dunes’ is a lively, interesting look at the Ryder Cup, chock full of insight and anecdotes.”
The Tampa Tribune

“A Few of Our Favorite Things” Pick by Sports Illustrated Golf+ Digital

“Sagebiel’s book gives an excellent account of the matches, as he interviewed nearly every living member of the two teams.”

THE LONGEST SHOT: Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf’s Greatest Upset at the 1955 U.S. Open published in May 2012, also from Thomas Dunne Books. THE LONGEST SHOT was named a Top 10 Sports Books of 2012 by Booklistthe literary review publication of the American Library Association. It was also a (Barnes & Noble) Top 100 book and Top 25 Nonfiction book.

“THE LONGEST SHOT is the first book from Neil Sagebiel, the founder and editor of Armchair Golf Blog, and he makes a strong bid to create shelf space for himself alongside 21st-century golf literati like John Feinstein, Mark Frost and Don Van Natta Jr. Sagebiel takes his time, working leisurely as golf demands, but does a thorough job. And his narrative pace during the last hour of that final round, as he bounces back and forth between Hogan in the locker room and Fleck on the course, may have a rhythm more suited to a tennis rally, but here it aces.”
The New York Times Sunday Book Review

“Great storytelling and great golf history.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Long before a small circle of American kids dismantled the Soviets’ Big Red Machine at Lake Placid, Jack Fleck’s defeat of the mighty Ben Hogan at the 1955 U.S. Open was as stunning and stirring an upset as sports had ever seen. In The Longest Shot, Neil Sagebiel not only expertly reconstructs the million-to-one tale of the Iowa muni pro who denied Hogan his chance to become the only man to win the Open five times, he honors the grand tradition of profound and poetic literature in golf.”
—Ian O’Connor, New York Times bestselling author of The Captain and Arnie & Jack

“A compelling read …. Golf historians can thank Sagebiel.”
— PGA Magazine



6 thoughts on “My Books”

  1. Very nice compliments, Neil. I’m looking forward to reading it next spring…an autographed copy, that is 😉
    Keep up the good work!

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