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- George Gipp, Knute Rockne, and the Dramatic Rise of Notre Dame Football
- By: Jack Cavanaugh
- Narrated by: Nancy Linari
- Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
Win one for The Gipper. Has there ever been a better-known and widely-used exhortative phrase in sports? Not likely. But who was the "Gipper", this mythical-like sports figure whose nickname has aroused, in turn, awe, wonderment, curiosity, and amusement since the second decade of the 20th century, and why is his story important? Answering those questions is the formidable task taken on here by veteran sportswriter Jack Cavanaugh.
Not sure why my grade 1 teacher was reading this
- By Thomas on 07-23-13
Must Read for ANY Notre Dame Fan
As a lifelong fan of the Irish I am, or shall I say was, well acquainted with its legends. I even had the privilege of attending high school with the Great Granddaughter of the legendary Gus Dorais, who was kind enough to give me some much treasured pieces for my personal collection all those years ago. I had not thought much about Notre Dame for many years, until an off-handed comment about “The Gipper” made me curious. Doing some research I wondered into Mr. Cavanaugh’s book, and from the moment it started I could not stop.
Paying full tribute to the legend of “The Gipper”, Mr. Cavanaugh builds onto the “lore” of Notre Dame by shining light on practically all of its greatest figures. Not only does he take you back to the time of the Great Knute Rockne, he builds the legend from the ground up just as the coach did himself. He tells of the human side of Knute Rockne and George Gipp, which only further illuminates their greatness. In the spirit of Grantland Rice himself, Mr. Cavanaugh takes you directly into the stadium, and makes you feel like you are on the sideline watching the events unfold.
If you are a Notre Dame fan or even a fan of football, this is a book that you truly must read. Not only has it renewed my interest in Notre Dame Football, but it made me email an old friend from high school.
Excellent Job Mr. Cavanaugh!!
In the Hurricane's Eye
- The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
- By: Nathaniel Philbrick
- Narrated by: Scott Brick
- Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
In a narrative that moves from Washington's headquarters on the Hudson River, to the wooded hillside in North Carolina where Nathanael Greene fought Lord Cornwallis to a vicious draw, to Lafayette's brilliant series of maneuvers across Tidewater Virginia, author Nathaniel Philbrick details the epic and suspenseful year through to its triumphant conclusion. A riveting and wide-ranging story, full of dramatic, unexpected turns, In the Hurricane's Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, in the end, on Washington and the sea.
Even-handed, yet dramatic!
- By Eugene on 10-24-18
Worth the time
A good ending to the Philbrick trilogy and was definitely worth the wait. Not quite the same level of detail as in previous books, but more than enough to tell the story and to truly put the events of the “Sea” in there proper place. If you truly want to know how much help America required to even begin, this is the book you need to and must read!
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