Book Review presents reviews of recent publications on Pennsylvania subjects by noted scholars, historians and journalists.

A Life Well Played: My Stories
by Arnold Palmer
St. Martin’s Press, 258 pp., cloth $22.99

The last book by the legendary golf pro from Latrobe, Westmoreland County, is a selection of his thoughts, anecdotes and memories about golf, life and business. In the final word, he humbly reveals that he prefers not to be thought of as The King but – like his “hard-nosed golf course caretaker” father – as a “caretaker of the game … someone who tried to preserve it, nurture it, and improve it … who tried, also, to be a caretaker of the dignity of the game.”


Kennywood: Behind the Screams, Pocket Edition
by Brian Butko
Senator John Heinz History Center, 144 pp., paper $12.95

This handy little guidebook proves that history can be fun as it documents every square inch of the classic amusement park – first opened in 1899 in West Mifflin, Allegheny County – with past and present photos and bullet-point facts and figures. The pocket edition is the first in a projected trilogy by the author that will include an expanded coffee table edition and a history of Kennywood’s precursor, Luna Park.