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Resurrection: The Miracle Season That Saved Notre Dame Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 1, 2009
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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
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Jim Dent does a masterful job of setting the scene with his account of the demise of the Notre Dame football program. His character development focuses on a group of lesser known players and follows them through their introduction to Ara and unexpected success in 1964. More familiar players (e.g. Huarte, Snow, Page and Lynch) appear throughout, but the amazing part of this story is in how Ara and his coaches were able to craft a plan and execute it with a group of players that had been totally demoralized by the previous regimes.
The controversial close of the 1964 season (at USC, of course) deepens the bond of friendship and teamwork in the underclassmen that manifests itself in a National Championship two years later. So much has been written about Notre Dame's championship seasons. This book is unique since it digs deep into how a program can be completely turned around (perhaps a blueprint for 2009?).
Dent's writing structure flows smoothly with generous use of direct quotes from team members. His game accounts are intensified by the personal struggles of the main characters. This book is a must-read for any fan of college football. It will also be enjoyed by anyone interested in how purpose-driven leadership can instill excellence in a group of young men.
Dent sets the stage for the 1964 season not only by giving a brief history of Notre Dame football up to that point (no small task indeed), but also by examining the unique stories of the players, coaches, and administrators prior to that fabled season. These stories cause the reader to identify with the players, to feel their frustration during the Kuharich years, and to feel everything slowly begin to turn with the new regime.
Equally as impressive, Dent presents a deeper look into Parseghian, beyond simply the coach's on-field successes. Dent follows Parseghian from Northwestern to Notre Dame, and shows a glimpse of Parseghian's amazement at the players he finds at Notre Dame, and also the priceless interactions between Parseghian and his assistant coaches. Dent is able to truly capture the cultural change that occurred at Notre Dame in 1964, and does so using personal stories and perspectives that engage the reader and create a sense of ownership in the story.
Ultimately, this book is an excellent behind-the-scenes account of a group of players, coaches and people, who truly brought out the best in each other. While this manifested itself on the football field in "Resurrection", I think this story would resonate with anyone, regardless of your football inclinations.Read more ›
Shake down the thunder from the sky!
What though the odds be great or small,
Old Notre Dame will win over all,
While her loyal sons are marching
Onward to victory!
Love them or loathe them, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame represent the game and history of college football unlike any other university. In the 1920s and '30s, the Knute Rockne-coached Irish were the dominant team on the nation's sports pages. The legendary Four Horsemen became household names, and Notre Dame played to packed stadiums from Los Angeles to New York City. Ten years after Rockne's death, Frank Leahy took command of the program, and the football juggernaut remained a national powerhouse.
Success, however, can yield unintended consequences. Rockne and Leahy became more powerful than Notre Dame itself. The school, longing for recognition as an academic institution, was instead viewed as a football factory. In the 1940s Notre Dame President Father John Cavanaugh and athletic chairman Father Theodore Hesburgh commenced a campaign to rein in the football program. Scholarships were reduced, and in 1953, Leahy was relieved of his head coaching duties for health reasons. The next decade would find Notre Dame football on a downward spiral that brought the program to the brink of collapse.
RESURRECTION chronicles the 1964 football season that returned Notre Dame to national prominence. Author Jim Dent, whose college football histories include THE JUNCTION BOYS and THE UNDEFEATED, has written a compelling and fascinating history of coaches and players who wanted nothing more than an opportunity to show the football world that they could rise to the quality long expected of a football powerhouse.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This all happened a little before my time and it was enjoyable to learn about Notre Dame in the days before Ara who was coaching them when I first started following college... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brad Taylor
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It's a great story written to make it very exciting to read. I couldn't put it down!Published 10 months ago by Eileen Smith
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 12 months 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 20 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 23 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 Dickster
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