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Unbeatable: Notre Dame's 1988 Championship and the Last Great College Football Season

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Perhapsthe best undefeated team in the history of college football—the dramatic true story of the 1988 Notre DameFighting Irishand theirincredible unbeaten season

Unbeatable is the first book to tell the complete story of the incredible 1988 season that brought the fledgling Fighting Irish back to the top of college sports in what many consider to be the greatest unbeaten
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book. Jerry Barca has done an incredible job bringing the 1988 Notre Dame Championship Season to life. I highly recommend this book for Notre Dame fans and for college football fans in general.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Of course I am biased, having attended Notre Dame, and 1988 was my sophomore year. This book brought back so many good memories. Notre Dame loved Lou as our coach, and always will. He is a great guy, and a strong work ethic.
Michael Frazier
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The margin between being really good and etching a spot in history is thin. A made field goal in the season opener (Michigan) or a completed two point conversion pass in a mid season tilt with the number one ranked team, and greatness is forever out of reach. However, those are make believe scenarios. What IS true is that a disparate group came together and fulfilled a commitment to greatness. Led by a coach who preached a faith in the university's spirit, a quarterback whose abilities were ...more
Mike Kennedy
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Unbeatable covers the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and there championship season on 1988. Being a die hard Notre Dame fan, I can't say enough good things about this book. Though I may be a little bias, I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read. While I had it up as being read on Goodreads for a couple of weeks, I really started on Sunday night, and I finished it Tuesday night. I really liked the way the author, Jerry Barca, went about telling the story of the team starting with the end of the ...more
Joseph McGarry
I lived this book. I was a 3rd year law student in the fall of 1988. I'm what's called a Double Domer. I got my undergraduate degree in 1986. I was there throught the Gerry Faust years, which weren't all that great. Then Lou Holtz came in, and turned everything around. That's what this book documents. I was familiar with the story, but it was nice to hear the retelling. The book describes the down years, and then the comeback. I always wonder, if overtime had been around in 1988, would Miami ...more
Ryan Splenda
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a die-hard Notre Dame fan, I couldn't resist learning even more about the last, great, magical season in South Bend, IN. Barca provides in-depth details from each game of that unforgettable 1988 season. The great strength of this book is that it also provides detailed background stories of many of the opposing players on the opposing teams that ND faced that season (ex. Mark Messner of Michigan, etc.) It is a fun read that talks about the building of not just a team, but of a family that ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not a big Notre Dame fan, but I really enjoyed this book. It gives a vivid account of the 1988 Notre Dame team that had to overcome many hurdles and hardships to win the championship. Included in that was the infamous catholics vs. convicts game with the University of Miami. As an avid college football fan, I doubt there was anyone rooting harder that day for Notre Dame than me as I wanted somebody, anybody, to beat them! Since then I've become a fan of this small school in Indiana and ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I know this wasn't really a 5 star quality book, but I loved it anyway. I grew up in South Bend and was in 5th grade in 1988 when Notre Dame was going undefeated and winning the national championship. The players, coaches, and events in this book are the ones I grew up watching every Saturday while I was developing my love of football and sports in general. Reading it was like a trip down memory lane, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
James  Ward
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting book, not just on the 1988 Notre Dame team but also on the college landscape at the time. So many big-time teams and players in college football at the time, and the 1988 Notre Dame team whipped all of them. As someone born in the early 80s, Lou Holtz was college football for me growing up. I learned a lot from this book.
Charles R.
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4/10/2015 9:52:52 Charles Regan Unbeatable Jerry Barca Biography, autobiography, or memoir, Sports 5 I loved this book. The author did his homework about the team. He really knew what he was talking about. The book was very descriptive about the team, and the teams they played. Also, the author was good at making it dramatic, but not too much.
Mark Warren
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I remember watching many of the games from the 1988 season, especially the Catholics Vs. Convicts game. I re-watched it while reading this book. I enjoyed "Unbeatable" very much and I recommend it to football fans. Amazing how quickly Lou Holtz turned the program around.
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a Notre Dame fan, I'm more than a little biased, but I thought the writing and insight into the team, players, and coaches gave an illuminating glimpse into the accomplishments of that season's team.
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book does a great job combining together a lot of different pieces of a story - football details, interest stories about the players, the overall scene of college football at the time. It is a quick read that will re-create the '88 excitement for any Irish fan.
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Quick and enjoyable read on the 1988 National Champion Fighting Irish, Coach Lou, and his cast of characters. Go Irish.
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