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Ara Parseghian, Notre Dame's first "outsider" coach-non-Catholic, not a Notre Dame alum-turned around a failing football tradition when he joined the university in 1963. To capture the way it was and communicate the sense of immense anticipation that greeted the young, driven coach, author and journalist Dent (The Junction Boys), an avid fan, researched past programs led by the legendary Knute Rockne and others, a strategy that sets the stage for his nail-biting saga, but makes for a choppy first quarter. Once he settles into the season, Dent does a masterful job recreating games without ever forgetting the human details; for example, Parseghian's fierce integrity drove him to get rid of a remarkably promising player: "I hated to let a player like Dave go...but I could see the players walking a little taller. They knew that we were serious as we could be about turning the team around." Dent's characters take on the dimensions of true and winning people; by the time the where-are-the-now epilogue rolls around, readers will consider them something like old friends. 8 pages color photos.
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Praise for Jim Dent and Resurrection
“Dent interviewed Parseghian as well as many of the surviving players and painstakingly researched the newspaper and national press coverage the team received during its Phoenix-like resurrection. The genuinely engaging game accounts—usually momentum killers in sports books—are peppered with specific player memories that add urgency and excitement…we have an inspirational underdog saga, humor, pathos, tragedy, and triumph.” –Booklist
“Dent does a masterful job recreating games without ever forgetting the human details…Dent's characters take on the dimensions of true and winning people; by the time the where-are-they-now epilogue rolls around, readers will consider them something like old friends.” –Publishers Weekly
This book contains useful information on the 1964, including profiles of the coach and some players, and blurbs on the result of each game. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JOHN B QUANTZ
This book puts you in the Irish locker room during the 1964 season. A must read for any college football fan.Published 8 months ago by Bobby Wheeley
Well written, engaging and informative story about the impact Coach Parseghian had on the Notre Dame program . I now have a much greater appreciation for the "Era of Ara". Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ara Bagdasarian
Do not have to be a Notre Dame fan to enjoy this book. Excellent read for college football fans. Worth purchasing.Published on July 15, 2013 by Richard Tohlen
as a young boy growing up in Cleveland, ohio, I vividly remember the coaching career of Ara parsegian. great story by an excellent author.Published on July 4, 2013 by jaybird
This is a football book that goes into great detail to highlight Ara's impact on the Irish. Easy read with many Irish memories.Published on March 18, 2013 by J. Odorizzi
Loved the book. Many insights into the man and the times he coached. How he brought football excellence back to Notre Dame was well done. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Gary Buonocore
Notre Dame was in shambles before this new coach came along. They remain one of the luckiest teams around and are frequently rated too high.Published on January 27, 2013 by Dennis S. Pabich