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Auburn Man: The Life & Times of George Petrie Hardcover – July 1, 2007

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Author Mike Jernigan tells the story of George Petrie and the beginning of Auburn football through meticulous research and primary source quotations that make the reader feel a part of the action. Here are the men who comprised the first teams, the victories and defeats on the field, and the nascent beginnings of what eventually became the Southeastern Conference. Jernigan also relays the story of a small A&M college that slowly built an academic and an athletic program and of Auburn men influenced by Petrie such as his students Ralph "Shug" Jordan and Ralph Draughon who took his vision and his dreams for Auburn to another generation and another level. For anyone who loves Auburn or southern football, this is a must read. --Leah Rawls Atkins, Director Emerita, Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, Auburn University

About the Author

Mike Jernigan, a native of Montgomery, AL, was the founding editor and is editor emeritus of Auburn Magazine, an alumni periodical. He is a two-time Auburn alumnus including a master's degree in history. Today, while living with his wife and daughter in Auburn, Jernigan continues to contribute freelance articles to numerous periodicals and is frequently called upon to speak on matters of history, including the story of Auburn's George Petrie.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: The Donnell Group; 1st edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965331342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965331340
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,216,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Big D VINE VOICE on June 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
An outstanding biography of probably the most influential man in Auburn history and one of the most influential men in the history of Higher Education in the South. A man who had much, much greater impace on Auburn history than for the simple fact that he was the first football coach and wrote the Auburn Creed.

The Heart and Soul of a great institution for more than 50 years and one of the leaders in ensuring that the arts and humanities were a part of education at Deep South colleges and universities. Mike Jernigan does an excellent job of telling his story and the Auburn Story.

More than any book ever written this book explains the orgins of the characteristics, values, attitudes and quirks that define Auburn Men and Women to this very day.

While the book is of special interest to Auburn people, it would also be of interest to readers wanting to understand life in the South in the first part of the 20th Century and Higher Ed during the Great Depression.
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Jernigan brings to life this chapter of Auburn history in impressive detail. The book is very well written and researched. The book contains hundreds of direct quotes from people that personally knew George Petrie. Petrie truly lived an extraordinary life and his commitment to Auburn and his students is inspiring. The chapter on the first football game in 1892 versus UGA is not to be missed. Jernigan writes a complete and illuminating picture of the cultural impact of that first game. He also explains the political rivalry with UA and explores many of the challenges Auburn faced as a growing institution. God Bless George Petrie.
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Having graduated from Auburn in 1968, I was familiar with The Auburn Creed but knew almost nothing about its origin until reading this book. Forty seven years after graduating, I was inspired to learn about George Petrie by a blogger who, although he didn't graduate from Auburn, decided to base his entire blogging philosophy on The Auburn Creed, written by Petrie. Searching for info about that creed and the man who wrote it, I found this book on Amazon and have thoroughly enjoyed slowly digesting it. It gave me a much richer understanding of my alma mater and makes me even more proud to be an "Auburn Man" myself.

I have since told my son (AU 1997) about the book and encouraged him to share it with his four children, in the hopes that one of them will choose Auburn for their college. My daughter is a UGA (Georgia) grad, so I doubt she will encourage her two daughters to go to Auburn. I also want to go on record as informing that blogger, Tyler Sims, that he must not post another blog until he reads this book. For until he does so, he is shortchanging his readers by not fully understanding the "inspiration" and history of the creed about which he blogs.

In closing, I believe that anyone who calls themselves an Auburn fan should be required to read this book--in order to graduate, to buy an Auburn sticker for their car, to wear an Auburn cap or attend an Auburn football game. WAR EAGLE!!
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Mr. Hicks, in his review, is right! To fully understand the Auburn Creed, to know Auburn football (Auburn sports for that matter), to even understand Auburn University, one needs to know Dr. George Petrie. There isn't a better way to obtain that knowledge than to read this book... Auburn Man: The Life and Times of George Petrie. In addition, to bringing football to Auburn, I did not realize Dr. Petrie also started the Liberal Arts program at Auburn as well. In addition to the Auburn Creed, I learned Dr. Petrie also left us two valuable speeches for success in life! I'll let you read the book to discover those words. This book by Mike Jernigan should definitely be part of the incoming freshman orientation program! There is no excuse for it not to be! Thank you, Mr. Hicks, for finding this book and challenging me to read it! My Auburn Creed blog will never be the same as a result!

War Eagle!

Tyler Sims
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