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Nile
     

Nile

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by T. Lidd
 
NILE is a story about a young man who played football in the late 1930s. But it is more than a sports story. The nation was still recovering from the Great Depression and on the cusp of the greatest war in the history of mankind. One athlete, in particular, understood the historical significance of the moment. Many people who knew Nile Kinnick sincerely believed he

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NILE is a story about a young man who played football in the late 1930s. But it is more than a sports story. The nation was still recovering from the Great Depression and on the cusp of the greatest war in the history of mankind. One athlete, in particular, understood the historical significance of the moment. Many people who knew Nile Kinnick sincerely believed he would have been one of our nation's greatest leaders. Unfortunately, the country never had the opportunity to witness what this promising young man may have achieved. The story tells of Kinnick's life from high school to his ill-fated flight near Trinidad during WWII. But it's also a story that touches on the lives of his Iowa Hawkeye teammates. They became known as the "Ironmen" because there were very few players on the 1939 team. After two losing seasons in 1937 and 1938, the University of Iowa hired Dr. Eddie Anderson to coach the football team. He was relentless in his pursuit to have the players in the best physical condition of any team in the nation. Many quit. But those that remained made history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438900445
Publisher:
AuthorHouse
Publication date:
08/31/2008
Pages:
452
Sales rank:
578,047
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.01(d)

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Nile 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book not only for iowa fans but for college football fans
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*went down on her knees and slowly licked your tip, the wrapped my lips tightly around it*
Wartburg More than 1 year ago
Nile is a beautifully written book. T. Lidd has a way of pulling the reader into the pages to become part of the Hawkeyes team of 1939. The game's play-by-play is exciting and very descriptive for even the non-football fan. Nile leaves you wanting more of these legendary Ironmen.. would love to see this on film! After reading this, even a born and bred Buckeye can become a Hawkeye fan!
GBoysen More than 1 year ago
I don't think my review can do this book justice. I am a longtime Iowa Hawkeye fan who actually saw Nile Kinnick play football at the University of Iowa. I started reading the book and I could not put it down! I thought Mr. Lidd had some tremendous insights into Nile Kinnick's character. This book is a must read for anyone who considers themselves a Hawkeye. Or, for anyone who wants to read about the life of a real hero. Every university has a hero but Nile Kinnick is pretty hard to beat. I would be very surprised if people don't go crazy over this book. Mr. Lidd is an excellent writer and I look forward to reading more from him. What a great story this would make for the big screen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NILE is a great read-- for readers of any age. I really enjoyed learning about the lives of these college students in the late 1930s. The book really takes you there. The characters are interesting people that I wanted to learn more about, and you certainly don't have to be a football fan to enjoy NILE. The main character is a star athlete, but he and his teammates are much more than football players. It's a book about young people during a tough but interesting period in our country's history. The book is a novel of sorts, but I also liked the fact that much of NILE is based on historical fact. You can't go wrong with this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was indeed a great book! My husband received a copy as a gift. I picked it up, started reading and was hooked. It was so much more than a football book. The story was a wonderful combination of college football, college life, personal relationships, national events and even some world history. I was impressed by the author's research and it was well written. We have already given our children their own copies.
Matman1 More than 1 year ago
Nile is a great read, recounting the years of the Hawkeyes becoming the "Ironmen". You can't walk away from this book not feeling inspired and hopeful of what can be. Most of us would rather read the book, than watch the movie. In this case, I would rather read the book than watch the game.
MGN More than 1 year ago
I just got finished reading NILE and can't wait for this story to be told on the big screen. What an inspiring story! As a football fan, I knew Nile Kinnick won the Heisman Trophy and thought this book would be all about football. Instead, its a great read about teamwork, dedication, and all the intangibles of winning and leadership --- on and off the football field.
GriffSG More than 1 year ago
What a tremendous young American we learn about in NILE. I read it straight through and would recommend to all readers and any football fans!
My Christmas shopping will include several copies for family and friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NILE is a story about an incredible person with tremendous morals, doing incredible things during a time of uncertainty. Nile was a hero more than once. The author captured the moment in an easy-to-read novel. This story can be enjoyed by readers ages 12-99. It was very enjoyable, and a story that needs to be told.
HowieR74 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. The football part is excellent. It points out the rules that are different than they are today, especially the substitution rule which makes it a whole different game. Nile also shares a historical perspective of the 1930's and the depression from many different angles. The detailed descriptions of the people and places paint a real picture in my mind. The book is a tribute to Nile Kinnick, the only Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Iowa, a school with a long and proud football tradition and is written by a true fan. I am left wondering what the future would have held for Nile Kinnick, an American hero.