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Rudy: My Story Hardcover – September 3, 2012

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About the Author

Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger is the subject of the blockbuster filmRudy and one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States. His humble background and determination to pursue his dreams, no matter the challenge, has made him legendary and an inspiration to everyone from school children to businessmen and athletes, even presidents. He established the Rudy Foundation to help children around the world and the Rudy Awards for high school and university level athletes.



Mark Dagostino is a New York Times best-selling coauthor and one of the most respected celebrity journalists in America. For ten years he served on staff in New York and LA as a correspondent, columnist, and senior writer for Peoplemagazine, interviewing personalities such as Michael J. Fox, Christopher Reeve, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, and Donald Trump.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849948398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849948398
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By N. Payne on August 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I still remember back in the 1993 when the movie Rudy was released. I didn't know much about it at the time and little did I know that it would become one of my favorite movies of all time.
In is autobiography Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger tells the story of his dream to play for Notre Dame. I like this quote that he puts at the beginning of the book. It says:

"In life, it's not about how hard you get hit. It's about how many times you get back up and how hard you're willing to keep fighting for your dreams."

Rudy talks about-and I am glad he did- about how he wanted to quit the team. He had busted his butt for what? Nothing!! But he wanted to quit he gave into every one telling him that he can't. But Rudy meets up with another Rudy. Rudy the janitor. They had become good friends and so much so that Daniel doesn't notice that some about Rudy the janitor. It just as great of story as it was in the movie. Little different but the meaning is the same.

I love this book. I love the story of Rudy. I get chills every time I see the movie and now I know as Paul Harvey would say "The rest of the story."

I was given a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to give a positive review. This review was mine and mine only.
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I recently read this book and noted a few inaccuracies. As a Notre Dame graduate and former student campus tour guide, I speak from experience.
(A) the formal name of the university is "The University of Notre Dame" (actually "The University of Notre Dame du Lac" ["Our Lady of the Lake] NOT "Notre Dame University"
(B) Holy Cross College was then known as "Holy Cross Junior College", NOT "Holy Cross Community College"
(C) Notre Dame NEVER merged with St. Mary's College (across the road from Notre Dame). They briefly explored the idea of a merger but decided not to pursue it (actually St. Mary's wanted to maintain its unique identity). Notre Dame first started admitting women undergraduates the year before I entered ND (1973), and phased in coeducation over the next several years.
(D) The ACC (now the "Joyce Center") was known as the Athletic and Convocation Center NOT the Athletic and Community Center.\
Did the author actually proof-read this book?
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Like most people, I was introduced to Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger through the movie "Rudy" with Sean Astin. So when I first encountered this book, I thought what can it tell me that the movie did not. I then remembered reading about Rudy and his financial troubles and this book does still have a story to tell that was left off from the movie, which is very much feel good and inspiring for young people. Where the movie is good for kids to teach them never to give up and has a nice happy end, the book is more the adult version of Rudy.
Of course the book goes into his childhood and his dream of making to into Notre Dame, not just as a student, but also a football player. But then the book goes on to talk about his troubles following the climactic game with Rudy being carried off the field as a hero. Because those perfect moments are just that "moments - they do not last and reality is not glamorous and you will not walk on water.
This book in four parts describes each loss and follow up success in the life of Rudy, so the reader gets involved not in the life of Rudy the football player with a nice ending, but in the life Rudy the Average Joe that has success, but also gets dealt some fairly significant blows. The important lesson for the reader is to get up and keep on trying. Will Rudy's life from now on be successful, in its own way - certainly, even though there still will be the blows just like for everyone and this book teaches up to just keep going and trying harder. And maybe also to accept success to come in different forms, smaller forms and to find satisfaction in the little wins that happen along the way.

I received a free copy of the book through booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this review are my own and have not been influenced by either booksneeze or the author.
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When I saw this book available for review from Booksneeze.com, I knew I had to get it for my husband. He liked it, I think. He's already making a list of people he wants to loan it to. I'll let him tell you what he thought about it!

~I was given a free review copy of this book from Booksneeze.com~

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"The inspirational real-life story of the man behind the beloved movie Rudy, his continued determination to make his dreams come true, and how you can dream big too.

How does a lower middle class kid, who suffered through school with undiagnosed dyslexia, get into Notre Dame and become the inspiration for millions in a Hollywood film that has become one of the most inspiring sport movies ever made? He never gave up."

And so, his opinion:

It was interesting to read about the real story of his life and see how it fit in with the way they made the movie. I remember growing up and watching and being inspired to work hard and go for my dreams by watching his movie.

The down side of the book was the way that it seemed making the movie was the biggest thing he has done in his life. I always pictured him as someone who would have been able to be very successful and do great things. The book seemed like he really struggled through with silly odd jobs as he worked on the dream of having a movie made about his success. I hoped to know of greater things for him. Oh well, it's never like the movies right?

I would recommend this book to people who love the movie (like have watched it more than 10 times). For a sports junkie like me it holds tidbits that are interesting to know the real story. Side note: I work with a guy who played lineman for Notre Dame. In passing he didn't seem to fond of Rudy. I still need to find out more from him.
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