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A Civil War: Army vs. Navy - A Year Inside College Football's Purest Rivalry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2004

    The Art of the Book - Civil War

    Rarely do sports writers get their due. Yes, there was Plimpton, Jenkins and Rice. However, what we see are a trio, [now a quartet with Feinstein], that are not sports writers as much as writers who happen to write about sports. Feinstein traps you deep into the mental aspect of 'team' that personifies these two institutions and their athletes. Within a few pages you understand this is much more than a football book. This is a book of football, teammates, politics, character; literally, it is about America. If you grew up pre-1975, you will 'get it', if not, you need to get it! It was written prior to 9/11, but it means even more today as we stand looking at a hostile enemy. I feel better about my safety and my country after reading the stories of our future service leaders. While a long read, it is fascinating and something you'll not want to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2002

    Still Remembering Six Years Later

    I first bought and read this book six years ago when I was in 8th grade. It was a great book then which I couldn't put down and is still a book I think about each year around late Nov. when the Army-Navy game takes place. It is a must read for any college football fan, not just those of Army or Navy. It covers so much more than just football: tradition, history, passion, dedication, sacrifice, pride, sportsmanship, etc. etc. etc. are all shown in this book. Also, it covers what life is like at both W.P. and Ann., not just football. A great learning experience (and one which brings appreciation for the two schools and those who go to them) for everyone who has never been to W.P. or Ann. or loves college football.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2000

    Football is Just an Excuse

    Football is just an excuse for John Feinstein to construct a wonderful look into something so much bigger and more important. This book captures the rhythyms and the tensions of a year at West Point and Annapolis. I bought this book as a gift for a teenager who was considering applying to West Point. I wound up reading it myself. It made me wish that I were 17 again, so that I might experience the challenge and privilege of life at either institution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2000

    For any football fan

    Growing up in the backyard of West Point, Army Football is a big thing. This book goes in depth about how this rivalry is the best in any sport. For sixty minutes these two team's goal is to beat the other team. But, after the game is over both sides come together, as each school has its alma mater played. Army and Navy players are true student-athletes, and in this day and age it is a hard thing to come by. This book should be read by any football fan, and someone who has a family member in the Services

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