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A Team for America: When West Point Football Rallied a Nation at War

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There never has been a sports event, perhaps never an event of any kind, that received the attention of so many Americans in so many places around the world.” So wrote a reporter on December 2, 1944, about the greatest Army- Navy football game in the long history of that storied rivalry. World War II raged in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific; President Roosevelt was seriou

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published November 29th 2011)
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A Fine Tribute to a Bygone Era of Football ...

This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free advance copy of the book.

To be honest, the storied Army-Navy rivalry has never really manifested much excitement in me, mainly because the teams haven't been major players in college football for almost half a century. To most post-baby boomers it is hard to fathom these two military schools ever being equal to today's LSU or Alabama, but during World War II, they were grid
This retelling of the 1944 Army football team is a refreshing example of sports & cultural history. Essentially, this book tells the story of the rise of USMA football in the World War II era, after falling on hards times during the Depression era. The strength of this book is that the author brings a historian's perspective, and not that of only a sports writer.

So in many cases, the strongest writing of this book deals with cultural details that a historian of the ear would be keenly inter
This is a very informative book about college football during World War II. The center of the book is Earle Blaik the head football coach at Dartmouth, who is recruited to coach the team at the US Military Academy. The latter had fallen on hard times due in part to height & weight restrictions for cadets.

The story builds to a conclusion with the Army-Navy game of 1944. Army hadn't beaten Navy for several years. This game was broadcast to US soldiers practically world wide.

Interspersed with
Phil C
Good quick read about an interesting sports era. Nicely explained the V-12 program. It did show how West Point came to dominate during this era, (lowering standards, other NCAA teams reduced to freshmen/soph or no team at all, hand-picking the best of the best) and some-what diminishing (in my eyes) some of the on-the-field acclaim.
I had to stop reading when the retelling of the 1941 Army-Navy game had Balik assigned to the role of coach for Army, Coach for Navy, and quarterback for Army all in the space of 3 pages. The gross typo made me wonder what else was false. Too bad, because the events and period portrayed were so exciting.
Nicole Warren

Well written piece about the army-navy football game
Good book felt it could have been more.
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