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The Witch's Season: The Novel: A Team, A Town, A Campus, The Times Paperback – July 20, 2009
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"Former Oregonian columnist Terry Frei's new novel, The Witch's Season, does a beautiful job of capturing a remarkable time and place in Oregon history. The time is 1968. The place is Eugene, a college town roiled by political, social and athletic turmoil. . . Events carry the story forward swiftly, and that alone would make it a good read. But Frei has a larger point to make. It's during times of upheaval, when the very foundations of normalcy are being shaken, that personal courage, honor and the willingness to stand fast on principle matter most. All of the central characters in Frei's story will have to decide whether to make that stand, and if so, how to make it. Frei has written three nonfiction books, most notably Horns, Hogs and Nixon Coming. This book proves he can write fiction too." --Ken Goe, Portland Oregonian, August 12, 2009
"In this new book, Frei combines his passion for college football, politics and the turbulence of the 1960s into a classic. The recipe works, as 'The Witch's Season' is a compelling page turner. For those who like to dig a little deeper, despite the fact that Frei's piece is fictitious, there are some interesting parallels to real life players and coaches from the late '60s." --Doug Ottewill, Mile High Sports Magazine, October 2009
From the Back Cover
PRAISE FOR TERRY FREI'S PREVIOUS BOOKS
HORNS, HOGS, AND NIXON COMING
"The game and its cultural contexts have been beautifully chronicled by Terry Frei." - Bill Clinton in My Life
"One of the better - and most readable - books of social history published in recent years." - Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer Paul Greenberg, Arkansas Democrat Gazette
"...a superb blending of sports, history, and politics." - Si Dunn, Dallas Morning News
THIRD DOWN AND A WAR TO GO
"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 men like them, but to Terry Frei." - Neal Rubin, Detroit News
"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
"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.
`77: DENVER, THE BRONCOS, AND A COMING OF AGE
"This is more than a football book: With all due respect to those who lived in Denver prior to `77, this is about a birth of a city." - Dave Logan, former U. of Colorado All-American, NFL player, voice of the Denver Broncos, and co-host of KOA Radio's "The Ride Home"
"The games, the politics and the culture with which Frei deals here unfolded 30 years ago, but they're brought to life again in this book with a clarity and a luster that makes the story of Denver and the Broncos seem as fresh as the upcoming football season...Frei has written Denver's version of `Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning.'" - Michael Knisley, Senior Deputy Editor, ESPN.com
"No one knows more about Denver and its sports than Terry Frei does, and here in `77, he describes nothing less than the transformation of a city with a special focus on Denver's most magical team. To know why and how the Mile High City exists as it does today, this is essential history." - Sandy Clough, Denver FM Sports Radio 104.3, The Fan
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The book doesn't only focus on that one character which makes it far more interesting. What emerges is that in many ways the most compelling and sympathetic characters are the President of the College and even more the head football coach. They come across as far more astute and savvy than the kids around them probably would have acknowledged back in the '60s. I'm certain that anyone like me now old enough to understand what those people went through have apologized for being idealistically shallow when all those parents/authority figures wanted to do was earn a living to help their kids to a better life.
That is what this book is about - exposing the confusion of 1968 in an entertaining fashion (Hollywood, are you listening?). "It's hard for one person to change the world; but maybe no less important to change a life." That is from page 100 and sums up this book beautifully. As we now know, not everything has a tidy ending and if you want to wonder how the characters may turn out in life - stop without reading the last chapter. If, however, you like the Man Who Shot Liberty Valance sort of story - read Chapt. 38. (By the way, if the first listed reviewer is THE Chuck Neinas - former Big 8 Commish, CFA Exec, etc - then this reviewer is humbled to second his opinion about the worth of this book.)