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Third Down and a War to Go: The All-American 1942 Wisconsin Badgers Hardcover – August 5, 2005
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"Terry Frei has captured the spirit of a different time in this country, a time of faith in school and in country, a time of intense loyalty to teammate and fellow soldier. Third Down and a War to Go tells the story of one University of Wisconsin football team during World War II. But to limit the tale to that is like saying Angela's Ashes is about Ireland. This book brings to life, in shades of black and blue and blood red, the idea that certain things are worth fighting for." (Rick Morrissey, Chicago Tribune)
"Many times you hear athletes called heroes, and their deeds and accomplishments on the field or court are characterized as courageous. After reading Third Down and a War to Go, I am embarrassed to have ever been thought of as brave or courageous. . . . Enjoy this adventure in history, life, and courage and take it from a so-called 'tough guy'" keep the hanky close by." (Dan Fouts, Hall of Fame quarterback and ABC-TV sportscaster)
"A great read!" (UW Badger Coach Barry Alvarez)
"Impressively researched and reported and powerfully written, Third Down and a War to Go will put you in the huddle, in the front lines, and in a state of profound gratitude — not only to the Badgers and the hundreds of thousands of veterans like them, but to Terry Frei." (Neal Rubin, The Detroit News)
"Tirelessly researched and relentlessly touching. The true allegory of football and war, minus the cliches." (Jay Greenberg, The New York Post)
From the Publisher
Like Terry Frei's previous book, "Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming," his latest is a mix of history, storytelling, narrative journalism and sports. So it isn't easily typecast. But his exhaustive quest to find about his father's 1942 football team yielded a book that, while perhaps most resonant for readers with Wisconsin ties, will have an appeal that reaches far beyond those borders and affinities. This is about America in a time that has been deeply examined in our overdue renewed appreciation for a generation we are losing, but this tale of one football team-stars and famous, scrubs and relatively anonymous on one of college football's best teams of its era- works on its own as a new, deeply researched and well-told tale.
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Today half the population of this country is to stupid to survive.
This book is in part a sports story, in part a war story (one battle death had been shrouded in mystery for 60 years), and also an interresting analogy between college football and the military services. It is no accident that the size of the average sports team and the size of the basic military unit both contain about ten men. This is the group that can work well together.
This book fits right in between a sports book and a history book.
Terry Frei tells their story in a moving style. Portions bring one to tears.
This book will engage WWII veterans, their children, those of us who grew up during the war, and readers who are interested in true "All Americans."
While some may think that this book is "too narrow," "too old," or "too local," let me say that it is far from that. This is a story of the highest degree, one that will leave the reader at various times laughing, mournful, amazed, and inspired. "Third Down And A War To Go" is much more than just a football story. It is much more than just a war story.
It is a story about us.