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From scandal to shelves: a new Tiger Woods book

May 4, 2010 |  7:54 am

Steve Helling is a longtime writer for People magazine, and he's the author of the new book "Tiger: The Real Story" by DeCapo Press. Other recent DeCapo titles include "Party Animals: A Hollywood Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll Starring the Fabulous Allan Carr" and "High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time" -- books that might be fun but don't often win lofty prizes. Will his book on golf superstar Tiger Woods seduce readers?

The Daily Beast has an excerpt. While the book looks at Tiger Woods' life, the excerpt pertains, of course, to the recent scandal. It begins:

Minutes after Tiger Woods crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a tree, his wife Elin told police that he had been drinking. To the paramedics and cops on the scene, there was little question that Woods — who was asleep and snoring in the street — was impaired. “I would bet everything I own that he was not fit to drive,” says one of the officers who investigated the case. “But I’ll never be able to prove it, because our hands were tied. The powers that be didn’t want to tangle with Tiger; they just wanted the situation to go away.”

Helling has written about Woods since 2002, but doesn't seem to have talked to him specifically for the book. Readers will have to wait a while before Tiger Woods, like Andre Agassi, decides to tell his own behind-the-scenes story.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Tiger Woods in a practice round for The Players in May 2010 at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Credit: Sam Greenwood / Getty Images

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