"Tirelessly researched and relentlessly touching. The true allegory of football and war, minus the cliches." (Jay Greenberg, The New York Post)
"What began as a sports book comes to resemble something akin to 'Band of Brothers'. . . . This is an inspiring book, full of pathos and heroism." (Dave Wood, past vice president, National Book Critics Circle)
"Terry Frei set out to learn more about his father. He wound up bringing to life a team, a cause and an era. Likewise, all that the young men of the 1942 Wisconsin Badgers set out to be was college students and football players. But circumstances called most of them to do something greater: Save the world. Impressively researched 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." (Neil Rubin, The Detroit News)
"Brings to life, in shades of black, blue and blood red, the idea that certain things are worth fighting for." (Rick Morrissey, Chicago Tribune)
" . . . the stories of players at war poignantly remind everyone of lives sacrificed for freedom." (Midwest Living Magazine)
"A must read." (Andy Baggot, Wisconsin State Journal)
"Thoroughly researched and ardently objective. . . . In stripping away patriotic embellishment from the group's obvious sacrifices, Frei created a work sure to register with history buffs and intrigue even those sports fans not typically mindful of a team whose highlights can't be bought on DVD. . . . [The book does] supreme justice to a group all too soon gone, all too easily forgotten." (Adam Mertz, The Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin)
"Touching." (Ron Bellamy, The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon)
"A book that not only makes you keep reading, but makes you care." (Dwight Chapin, San Francisco Chronicle)
"Many times you hear athletes called heroes, their deeds and accomplishments 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)
2005 Honorable Mention in Recreation/Sports from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association
From the Back Cover
"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
"Mythology is nice. Truth is better. The '42 Badgers were boys being boys. Good for them. Good for Terry Frei, who chose to write their story truly. . . What a powerful piece of work the book is, a telling detail in the great portrait of America at war, young men and women who saw their duty and did it no matter how much it scared them."
-- Dave Kindred, The Sporting News
"Many times you hear athletes called heroes, 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 in 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
"Here's a book written with love and passion . . . What began as a sports book comes to resemble something akin to Band of Brothers, by the late Stephen Ambrose (who played for the Badgers more than a decade later). . . This is an inspiring book, full of fun and pathos and heroism."
--Dave Wood, past vice-president of the National Book Critics Circle and former book review editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
"Tirelessly researched and relentlessly touching. The true allegory of football and war, minus the cliches."
--Jay Greenberg, New York Post
"...a book that not only makes you keep reading, but makes you care...The last chapter in Frei's book, 'Lives and Deaths,' details what happened to everyone from that squad, and by the time you get there, you really want to know about them. It's that kind of book, relatively modest in intent but rich in fabric and execution."
--Dwight Chapin, San Francisco Chronicle
"With its members serving on all fronts, the 1942 Wisconsin Badgers become a microcosm of the American war effort, representatives of a remarkable generation of self-sacrificing Americans. . . . Through Hoskins and Schreiner, the cocaptains of the 1942 team, the author makes his most important point. Frei portrays the young men who played football at the University of Wisconsin in 1942 and later fought for their country as truly 'All-American' boys. Having embraced the opportunity to serve his country and risk the ultimate sacrifice, Dave Schreiner -- as both a star athlete and all-American on the football field as well as a man of impeccable character off it -- was the definitive symbol of this. Written with the passion of an inspired student, Third Down and a War to Go is fulfilling and powerful. It adds athletic perspective to our understanding of the 'Greatest Generation' as well as a window into their rural, midwestern lives and their roots as athletes, students, and friends."
--Shane Butterfield, Michigan Historical Review
"In stripping away patriotic embellishments from the group's obvious sacrifices, Frei created a work sure to register with history buffs and intrigue even those sports fans not typically mindful of a team whose highlights can't be bought on a DVD."
-- Adam Mertz, Capital Times, Madison