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No football program in the collegiate ranks comes close to Notre Dame's for the sheer weight of myth that cloaks it. The smartness of Talking Irish is the way myth both speaks for itself and contradicts itself. Irish is, first and foremost, a solid and anecdotally rich history of Notre Dame football from the 1940s to the present, delivered in a series of first-person voices. These voices, looking back, bring the past into the present with immediacy and intimacy. It's a past that isn't quite as pristinely clean as the Irish myth likes to suggest, particularly in the way coaches and players are pressured not just to win, but to win convincingly. Many of the contributors are legendary--Angelo Bertelli, Johnny Lujack, Johnny Lattner, Ralph Guglielmi, Jim Lynch, Tim Brown, Chris Zorich, Terry Brennan, Ara Parseghian, Lou Holt, even the beleaguered Jerry Faust, who comes off especially whiny. This is a smart book that prefers to tackle a sacred cow rather than accept the usual unwavering reverence. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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There is no end of books about football at Notre Dame, but this contribution is exceptional because so many quarters have added their voices. The result is a largely honest, well-rounded history that gives readers the benefit of the view from the administration building, the coach's office and the players' locker room. It concentrates primarily on the coaching from 1934 through 1996, emphasizing the regimes of Frank Leahy, Terry Brenna, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine, Gerry Faust, and Lou Holtz, all of whom felt constant pressure, not just to win but to win by huge margins, and who were eventually flattened by the pressure. The iron-handed, velvet-gloved maneuvers of Fathers Hesburgh and Joyce, who ran the sports program for most of the decades covered, also give the lie to any pretense of democracy in the programs, especially when a coach decided to "retire." The input from players like Angelo Bertelli and Joe Montana, most of whom appear to have been very forthright with Delsohn (co-author with Jim Brown of Out of Bounds), rounds out the pictures of the hard-driving, soft-spoken Leahy and the quiet but efficient Holtz. The coach who comes off worst is Faust, who had triumphed as a high school coach but flopped at the college level and is depicted here as a priggish backstabber who blamed all his troubles on subordinates. In short, there are interesting revelations on every page in this evenhanded study. 16 pages b&w photos not seen by PW. Editor, Patricia Grader; agent, David Black. Author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (September 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060937157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060937157
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author finds and reports the unfiltered truth as told by the people who lived it. Page after page of fascinating (and previously unreported) stories about Ara, Devine, Montana, etc. A great gift for anyone who loves ND football.
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I played at ND in the early 90's as a walk on so I know a bit about the ins and outs of ND football. This book added enormously to my knowledge. It was honest and apparently unfiltered. Huge credit to the author for eliciting and assembling such frank and insightful comment from a range of ND players through the years. Seeing ND football "warts and all" has made me even more passionate about the team. I strongly recommend this book to any college football fan, and it is essential for any ND supporter. Go Irish!
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This was a wel written book. This is Notre Dame football at its best. What a read, From the 40's to the 90's told by the people that lived and were Notre Dame football. GREAT JOB!!!!
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By A Customer on April 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was informative and it told things about ND football I have never heard before. I liked hearing the views of the players on various issues.
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I thought that this is oneof the greatest Notre Dame football books of all time. It is definately a must for all Fighting Irish fans.
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I loved this book! A great read for the person who lives and breathes Notre Dame football
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I am a tremendous follower of Notre Dame football and have read several books pertaining to Notre Dame football. After reading this book,I became more aware of Notre Dame football as opposed to becoming more in awe of the Spirit of Notre Dame. This book is a must for avid Golden Domers. If you can recite the Notre Dame Fight song and name all 7 Heisman Trophy winner's, this one is for you.
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TALKING IRISH is one of my favorite book cause M.Delsohn write the story in six part,one for every decade from the 40's to the 90's.It's more easy to read cause you don't jump from things happen in 1965 to go in 1996 the next paragraph and come back in 1953 after,and it's more easy to consult when you need quick informations.In this book you gonna read both sides of the story the good and the bad,I like that cause too much books talk only about the good side of Notre Dame football story,in TALKING IRISH you gonna read a lot of untold story about players,coachs and school direction who take a lot of decisions on the way the team is coach.Starting from the 40's you follow the story of the team with interview of players,coachs and fans about the greatest moments of Fighting irish story until 1997 season.One of the greatest books about one of the greatest college football team,I recommend it to everyone.
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