Shake Down the Thunder: The Creation of Notre Dame Football
"Sperber...tackles the details, great and small, unearthing a treasure."--New York Times Book Review
Shake Down the Thunder traces the history of theNotre Dame football program--which has acquired almost mythical proportions--from itshumble origins in the 19th century to its status as the paragon of college sports. It presents thetrue story of the program's formative years, the reality behind the myths. Both social history andsports history, this book documents as never before the first half-century of Notre Damefootball and relates it to the rise of big-time intercollegiate athletics, the college sportsreform movement, and the corrupt sporting press of the period. Shake Down the Thunder is mustreading for all Fighting Irish fans, their detractors, and any reader engaged by American culturalhistory.
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