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The 1939 Texas Aggies: The Greatest Generation's Greatest Team Hardcover – August 1, 2006

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"... A group of young men...prevailed over all the customary "powerhouse" programs and put Texas A&M on the map." -- Jackie Sherrill, Former Head Coach, Texas A&M University

"... the `39 Team was always the shining star in our past that we were trying to follow ..." -- R.C. Slocum, Former Head Coach, Texas A&M University

About the Author

MICKEY HERSKOWITZ is one of the country's most prolific writers. He has written bestselling autobiographies with Dan Rather, Mickey Mantle, Howard Cosell, Bette Davis, and Gene Tierney. His other works include books with or about: Gene Autry; Nolan Ryan; Bear Bryant; Tom Kite; John Connally; and "The Golden Age of Football." Herskowitz is an award-winning sports columnist for the Houston Chronicle and lives in Spring, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Halcyon Press Ltd. (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931823391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931823395
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,250,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1939, the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas was an all-male, all military institution -- and World War II was just erupting. These guys beat the hell out of their competition on the gridiron, then they donned uniforms to beat the hell out of Germany and Japan. It goes without saying: They are the Aggies. Bless them every one.
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I do not read newspaper accounts of sports events, so buying this book was out of character for me, except that I had some distant family on the '39 Aggie Team (Cotton Williams) and wanted to know more about him and the team. To my surprise the book was captivating. The first part covers the history of football at Texas A&M in a way that makes you feel like you are part of each era. The coverage of the '39 and '40 seasons utilizes press clippings from that time. Then, prior to widespread media access, the newspaper writers covered the games in detail and with flair. The detailed coverage of the players lives - before and after their football careers - gives the book a satisfying completeness. If you are a Texas Aggie, this book is essential. If you are a football fan, with a touch of respect for football history, this book will be your favorite.
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Every Aggie should read this book. I was amazed at the story Mickey weaves, not just the game-by-game, but the backstory and anecdotes which brought the players and coaches to life. This is more than a "football book," it's an inspiring story that taught me a lot more than history. Gig 'em.
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