Masters _front cover

Masters _front cover

David Barrett’s The Story of the Masters will be published in March, just in time for the 2021 Masters tournament. The following is some advance praise for veteran golf journalist Barrett’s latest book…

“With Miracle at Merion, David Barrett has brilliantly dissected the sequence of events that transformed Hogan from the game’s hardest-working underdog into it’s most mythic and enduring star, providing a beautiful narrative framework for better understanding the game’s transcendent power. If I was buying just one golf book this year, this would be it. A bravura reconstruction that should be in every golf reader’s library.” —James Dodson, bestselling author of Ben Hogan: An American Life

“David Barrett is an able and thorough writer, and he has clinically and thoughtfully broken down the Masters in tournament form. This is a distinctively different look at the history of the tournament.” —Ben Crenshaw, Professional golfer, golf historian, two-time winner of the Masters tournament

“David Barrett’s work is always backed by thorough research, sharp intelligence, and a keen perspective. All of that comes to bear in this engaging treasure of a book.” —George Peper, Editor, Links Magazine

“God is in the details, and so is great golf writing. David Barrett’s astute choices gives us the most comprehensive and satisfying retrospective ever written about the Masters.” —Jamie Diaz, Anchor, Golf Channel

“We’ve never seen a telling of the Masters tournament remotely like this one–comprehensive and colorful.” —Guy Yocom, Writer, Golf Digest

“David Barrett has given sports history buffs and fans of golf’s most celebrated invitational a wonderful gift, smoothly conveyed by a master storyteller. An invaluable addition to your golf library.” —James Dodson, Author of Ben Hogan: An American Life

“David Barrett writes authoritatively about one of America’s intriguing and enduring sporting events, detailing the pivotal shots and the golfers who hit them.” —Bill Fields, 2020 recipient of the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism

“In The Story of the Masters, David Barrett has done what the tournament itself does so well–created something special. More than tell the story of each Masters played, Barrett brings the people and the moments alive.” —Ron Green, Global Golf Post

“David Barrett brings Masters history to life through compelling storytelling and meticulous research. This belongs on every golfer’s bookshelf.” —Jim Nantz, CBS Broadcaster

“Everything a golf history should be: passionate about its subject, exciting in its descriptions, astute in its analysis, and hard to put down….even those casually interested will find it an exciting coverage.” —Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review


Tatra Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of veteran New York sportswriter Hank Gola’s City of Champions: An American story of leather helmets, iron wills and the high school kids from Jersey who won it all (Tatra Press, November 2018).

Now available for pre-order from, and

Some advance praise…

“I love stories that transport us back in time vividly, and particularly stories that time forgot with heroic twists. [Laura Hillenbrand’s] “Unbroken,’’ with athlete-turned-World War II POW Louis Zamperini, is a classic in that genre.

Hank Gola has unearthed another one. “City of Champions,” with the hopes and dreams of a little town in New Jersey riding on a 1939 football game in Florida, is a story so rich and so unforgettable and so inspirational that kids who grow up today in Garfield, N.J., are told the story four generations after it happened. Well, it shouldn’t just be told to Garfield kids. It should be told across America. It’s that good.” —Peter King, book author, Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports)

A spell-binding telling of a great American Cinderella story and a vivid portrait of how the nation lived, worked–and played–on the eve of WWII. —Jim Nantz, CBS Sports

As one Jersey guy, I appreciate what another Jersey guy, Hank Gola, has done in City of Champions. It’s a great look at the glory days of high school football in my home state from one of America’s top football writers. —Bill Parcells, NFL Hall of Fame coach



First published in 1970, this is the remarkable journal of a free-spirited, young American woman abroad in Greece with her writer husband in 1964. Inspired by the sixties’ vogue for the exuberant land of Zorba and Lawrence Durrell, they seek an Aegean idyll–but their plans threaten to go awry when she learns she is pregnant. Settling in Athens, she gives birth to a boy at the country’s only natural-childbirth clinic–an underground refuge ruled by a mysterious Madame Kladaki. Afterward, as a new mother in a strange land, she struggles to reconcile the myth of Greece, ancient and modern, with contemporary Athens, even while their idyll recedes.

Pre-order from Amazon


Mike Pesca, host of Slate’s daily podcast, The Gist, today featured Tatra Press author Lukas I Alpert in a podcast on Putin’s disinformation campaign. Alpert, a Wall Street Journal correspondent in Moscow, wrote Kremlin Speak: Inside Putin’s Propaganda Factory, as a Tatra Press ShortTake e-book.

We’re delighted to announce our new imprint of original ebooks– Tatra Press ShortTake Original–has launched. Our initial titles include: Kremlin Speak: Inside Putin’s Propaganda Factory by Wall Street Journal reporter Lukas I Alpert; The Test, a short story by novelist John Lansing; and The Beginnings of Angels by medievalist scholar Andrew Sulavik.

Lukas’ Kremlin Speak was elected as a Kindle Single this month. Lukas also appeared as guests on Pacifica radio and WBYU. Listen to the WBYU interviews: Meanwhile, Lansing’s The Test has received 23 sterling reviews on Amazon, on the heels of his newly released novel, Blond Cargo.

Tatra Press will launch a new imprint of original e-books focusing on long-form journalism, narrative non-fiction and literary fiction called Tatra Press ShortTake Original in November 2014. The imprint will publish titles in e-book format only and of about 30 to 120 pages in length.  The following four pieces will kick off the imprint:

The Journal, by essayist and journalist Josh Karlen, delves into the author’s  parents’ personal journals and uses them to piece together the evolution of their marriage, its break-up and the lives they lived and the many they touched. Karlen is the author of Lost Lustre: An New York Memoir published by Tatra Press. In Kremlin Speak: Inside Putin’s Propaganda Factory, Lukas I. Alpert casts light on Russia’s aggressive propaganda war playing out through its  news organizations. Alpert is a correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, previously covering politics in Moscow and currently in the New York bureau.  Novelist John Lansing’s The Test, is a coming-of age story based in 1950s Long Island, about a young couple’s relationship that inflames racial tensions of a community.  Lansing is the author of The Devil’s Necktie and forthcoming Blonde Cargo (October 2014), both published by Simon & Schuster.  Andrew Sulavik’s The Beginnings of Angels debunks myths surrounding the origins of angels and provides a rich amount of research exploring ancient roots of our contemporary fascination with angelic beings.  Sulavik, a former Catholic priest, is a medieval scholar.

Margaret Lowrie Robertson’s Season of Betrayal (Tatra Press, 2006) is scheduled to be offered as an Amazon Kindle Daily Deal on September 23.   The novel, based in Beirut in 1982, earned a starred review in Library Journal, and was praised by Anderson Cooper as a “captivating journey into war-torn Beirut and the equally dangerous front lines of human relationships.”

Please view our three newest videos on YouTube on the Tatra Press channel,TatraPress Media

Lost Lustre the Book: Josh Karlen’s look at the New York punk music scene, circa 1070s

My Cancer Year: Curtis Pesmen’s survivorship memoir

Rain Forest Wisdom: Andrew Y. Grant’s fascinating look at gorilla behavior as it compares to human behavior

Author Andrew Y. Grant is scheduled to appear pre and post New Years spot on Frankie Boyer’s radio show on the Lifestyle Talk Radio Network to promote his new book, Rain Forest Wisdom.  His  first appearance will be this Monday, December 23 at 9am.  Be sure to tune in!

Curtis Pessmen, author of My Cancer Year: A Survivorship Memoir, has appeared on Doctor Radio, on two SiriusXM radio programs, hosted by the NYU Langone Medical Center: the Oncology Show, and the Rehab Medicine Show. if you’d like to listen to the audio from these interviews, go to, and sign up for the free trial. Then you can look for Doctor Radio (Channel 81) and search for the Rehabilitative Medicine Show or the Oncology Show.

Curtis Pesmen’s latest book, My Cancer Year, is now available in paperback format or as an ebook both on and A limited number are also available for free copies as Goodreads giveaways.

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