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Unbeatable: Notre Dame's 1988 Championship and the Last Great College Football Season

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. At first, I exp

    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. At first, I expected something filled with the over-the-top stuff of Notre Dame "legend," but I heard the author on a radio interview on ESPN and decided to pick it up. When I finished it, I was left with a clear picture of late 1980s college football. It is a nostalgic read, but it is also one that sets the table for today's squabbles and issues about TV money, the questionable approaches of the NCAA and the shifting tides of major college football programs. Of course, all that history is in the background of a book about a season, a coach rebuilding an organization, a season, and the captivating characters on a team that won it all. The behind-the-scenes football strategy is great and at the same time doesn't overpower the enjoyable takes on players and coaches. The other positive is the lessons in leadership you can take away from this. But overall, I was happy the book leaves you with performance and action being the reason Notre Dame won as opposed to some mythical-magical divine right. A great read for organization-minded team leaders, general college football fans willing to read about Notre Dame and every fan of the Fighting Irish.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Just finished the book this weekend (autographed by Tony Rice, C

    Just finished the book this weekend (autographed by Tony Rice, Chris Zorich, Mark Green, Tim Ryan, and Pat Terrell). A great read that captures the leadership of Lou Holtz, the sacrifices of  the college players, and stories I've never heard before. Barca does a great job.  A MUST for any college football fan and ND fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Awesome Book!! regardless if you're a Notre Dame fan or not,...

    Awesome Book!! regardless if you're a Notre Dame fan or not,... i'm proud to say i am... a must read!!  i remember the 1988 season very well, Jerry Barca !!  well done

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    I lived this book. I was a 3rd year law student in the fall of 1

    I lived this book. I was a 3rd year law student in the fall of 1988. I'm what's called a Double Domer. I got my undergraduate degree in 1986. I was there throught the Gerry Faust years, which weren't all that great. Then Lou Holtz came in, and turned everything around. That's what this book documents. I was familiar with the story, but it was nice to hear the retelling. The book describes the down years, and then the comeback. I always wonder, if overtime had been around in 1988, would Miami have just tried for the extra point and taken their chances in overtime? Who knows? And yes, I was there for the Miami game when Pat Terrell batted down the 2 point try at the end of the Miami game, which helped propel Notre Dame to the national championship in 1988. This book goes through all the games, and describes some of them in detail, including Michigan, Miami, and USC. Sadly, this was Notre Dame's last national championship. We came close in 2012, but we can be back soon. Great book for any Irish fan, as well as anyone who wants to know about the last great college football season. Go Irish!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    a must read for any notre dame football fan

    I bought this as a gift and the person absolutely loved it. They read it the same night they received as a gift ... All in one sitting. They couldn't put it down. In fact they are purchasing the books for several friends.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    First rate

    I am not a Notre Dame football fan, just a fan of college football history. Unbeatable is a very well documented walk down Nostalgic Lane on the 25th anniversary of this program's last National Championship. Barca's background stories on each of the primary participants in the story are well above average, insightful, engaging and factually correct. This is an easy read and this is not your usual biased "homer" historical account. Its always nice to turn the clock back to an entirely different era of college football. Lou Holtz and Barry Alvarez were excellently portrayed, although I wish we could have gotten even more from them and ND recruiter extraordinaire, Vinny Cerrato.

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    Posted October 5, 2013

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