By Randy Roberts
"A rousing occasion of a second in heritage whilst university soccer used to be greater than metaphor and leisure, it was once a gritty sidebar to genuine war.” — Robert Lipsyte, writer of An unintended Sportswriter
Each 12 months the military and military soccer groups meet for one epic online game. around the kingdom, enthusiasts music in to work out who will emerge successful. yet no video game will ever fit the one who used to be performed on December 2, 1944. the US was once in the course of international warfare II: infantrymen and sailors have been loss of life around the world, and the house entrance suffered via shortages. yet for someday, all that was once forgotten.
Navy’s crew used to be ranked quantity , Army’s #1 and at the verge of changing into nationwide champions. far and wide, the battle stopped as infantrymen listened to the printed. Randy Roberts has interviewed the surviving gamers and coaches, bringing their tales to lifestyles. for 3 years, army upperclassmen graduated and joined the struggle. for 3 hours, their alma mater gave them again one unforgettable performance.
“The tale of Army’s celebrated 1944 nationwide championship crew is a attention-grabbing one, and its victory over military that 12 months is remembered as one among university football’s maximum video games. yet Randy Roberts’s A crew for America tells a good higher tale. it's a tale of our state. Of a time while collage soccer — and this impressive military staff — helped re-light wish and self belief during the land.” — Brigadier normal Peter M. Dawkins, U.S. military (Ret.), 1958 Heisman Trophy winner, West Point
"Roberts brings a historian’s thoroughness to the topic . . . A attention-grabbing time in American collegiate activities history." — Kirkus Reviews
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