Resurrection: The Miracle Season That Saved Notre Dame

Resurrection: The Miracle Season That Saved Notre Dame

by Jim Dent
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Resurrection: The Miracle Season That Saved Notre Dame by Jim Dent

Jim Dent, author of the New York Times bestselling The Junction Boys returns with the remarkable and inspiring story of one of the biggest comebacks in college football history.

In the 1960's, Notre Dame's football program was in shambles. Little did anyone know, help was on its way in the form of Ara Parseghian, a controversial choice for head coach—the first one outside of the Notre Dame "family." It was now his responsibility to rebuild the once-proud program and teach the Fighting Irish how to win again. But it was no small task.

The men of Notre Dame football were a bunch of unlikelies and oddballs, but Parseghian transformed them into a team: a senior quarterback who would win the Heisman Trophy; a five-foot-eight walk-on who would make first team All-American; an exceptionally rare black player, who would overcome much more than his quiet demeanor to rise to All-American, All-Pro, Hall of Famer, and to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Parseghian would change everything, from the uniforms and pads to the offensive strategy. It would be a huge gamble against great obstacles. But Ara Parseghian had that look in his eye….

New York Times bestselling author Jim Dent chronicles one of the greatest comeback seasons in the history of college football. Once again confirming his position as one of the top sports writers in the country, Dent brings the legends of Notre Dame football to life in an unforgettable story of second chances, determination, and unwavering spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429955621
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 290,131
File size: 333 KB

About the Author

JIM DENT, a long-time award-winning journalist who covered the Dallas Cowboys for eleven years at the Dallas Times Herald and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has written seven books, including Twelve Mighty Orphans, and The Junction Boys, the New York Times bestseller and ESPN movie that remains a fan favorite to this day. Dent lives in Texas.

Jim Dent, a longtime award-winning journalist who covered the Dallas Cowboys for eleven years in Fort Worth and Dallas, including a stint at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has written six books, including The Junction Boys, the New York Times bestseller that was the basis for an ESPN movie and remains a fan favorite. Dent lives in Texas.

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Resurrection: The Miracle Season That Saved Notre Dame 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
SueShidler More than 1 year ago
Jim Dent has captured both the spirit and spirituality of Notre Dame football. He has paid tribute to a man that is more deserving of accolades than any other football coach- a quiet giant. Ara Parseghian... not just a great coach, but a great mentor, father, and role model. He continues to live his life filled with hope and honor- and will help the greater good at any opportunity that he can. This book shows the spirit of a group of kids- who didn't have a whole lot going for them... but with a group of people who believed in them and a role model for success they achieved on the football field and in life... and in turn they have learned to also give back to their community. It is a story that has haunted them and blessed them for years- and who knows what their lives may have been had the circumstances of a few seconds been different. It is not just a football book- it's a book for dreamers- who want to do more with their life- for believers and non believers. It is the perfect football book for this season. Jim does what Jim does- he pulls you in from page one and keeps you on the edge of your seat until then end... and then gives you something to talk about and think about long after you have closed the book. It's good reminder that all of us have peaks and valleys in our life. It's how you handle the valleys that make you ready for the peaks.
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This the second book I've read written by Jim Dent. The first was "Courage Beyond the Game". Both books were nothing short of outstanding! If you're a college football fan you won't be able to put "Ressurection" down. Seek out this author's works - I assure you he tells a great story. G.L. Hinton
No_1collegefootballfan More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic read bringing back youthful memories of being a Notre Dame fan in my early years. It tells how a strong, dedicated, demanding coach wiped the slate clean for players who retained great passions for their team despite previous pitfalls, and how he resurrected their passions to bring out the best in many to reverse the success of a downtrodden program. The story shows what leadership is truly about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it very much,if you love college football this is a must read.
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tammylynnTB More than 1 year ago
Its shows all the real tradition and heart that goes with Notre Dame a great read!!!!
bammcgrain More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for husband and his two sons for Christmas. He read it within a week and really loved the book. He became a ND fan in the 60s as a young boy - so all of the history was relevant to his youthful days cheering for the Notre Dame team. I would recommend this book especially for those that followed ND in the 60s.
senated More than 1 year ago
The story of first year Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian, underappreciated at Northwester, despite his success, and how he came within thirty minutes of an undefeated season in 1964. Notre Dame football had been in the doldrums for years and Parseghian, through hard work, dedication, and enthusiam, and an ability to match his players abilities with optimal performance at their positions, put it back in the national spotlight. A pre 1964 situation exists at Notre Dame now, maybe the new coach, sucessful like Parseghian at a less celebrated program cand restore them to national prominence and Resurrection II.
RicoGM More than 1 year ago
A story of determination and true grit on the part of student athletes and a new hungry coach. Young men find that they do hold their futures in their own hands. They find ways to recover from adversity and defeat. This applies not just to the players but the coaching staff as well. Well and entertainingly written. Good research using first hand level interviews!
Koinonia_92 More than 1 year ago
Well written and entertaining. Mr. Dent does a great job capturing the emotion of a struggling football team and a fearless coach who will lead them to prominence. You really only need to be a college football fan to enjoy this year in the "Resurrection" of the Fighting Irish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great story and history. I have already recommended it to my friends.
CinciBookLover More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for anyone who loves college football -- and it's a bonus if you like Notre Dame, too. The detailed and well researched story of how Ara developed as a coach and ended up at Notre Dame is terrific football history, as is the full story of the ugly ineptitude that was the ND football program just prior to his arrival. I'm an ND fan, but was only a toddler when all this was happening in the early 60's, so it was quite an eye-opener for me. There was so much I didn't know, including the fact that John Huarte won the Heisman trophy before receiving his first Monogram Award (varsity letter). Amazing! The triumphant comeback story of the '64 Irish is filled with heart-warming human interest stories and inspiration -- not the least of which is the recounting of how Ara came in and restored a sense of fairness and dignity, along with strategic and tactical excellence. I've met a handful of men who played for Ara and have always been awed by their deep love for and steadfast loyalty to him. Now I understand why. The book also touches on his later work fundraising to find a cure for Niemann-Pick disease (which claimed the lives of 3 of his son Michael's 4 children). There's much to be admired in Ara Parseghian, and Jim Dent does a beautiful job of documenting a true gentleman and the hugely successful turnaround he engineered at Notre Dame.