The Crimson Tide

The Crimson Tide : The Official Illustrated History of Alabama Football

By (author) Winston Groom , Foreword by Allen Barra , Contributions by Allen Barra , Contributions by Philip D. Beidler , Contributions by Clyde Bolton , Contributions by Jeremiah Castille , Contributions by Scott Hunter , Contributions by Willie Morris , Contributions by Howell Raines , Contributions by Gay Talese


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Celebrated author and die-hard Bama fan Winston Groom provides a lively illustrated history of the team that has dominated college football and has been ranked consistently among the best in the nation, now with 13 national championships to its credit. Beginning in 1892, when William G. Little first introduced the game at the Capstone, to the stellar 2009 season during which the Crimson Tide went undefeated and won first the SEC Championship against poll-favorite Florida and then the BCS National Championship against Texas, this story includes all the illustrious moments, players, teams and coaches, fans and stats that collectively make Alabama a proven winner, time after time.This revised and updated National Championship Edition contains two new chapters to cover the dark days at the beginning of the 21st century (2001 2006) and the dawn of the Nick Saban era (2007 2010); a new foreword by Allen Barra; updated appendixes for all-time lettermen, game records, bowl appearances, national and SEC championships; over 60 fabulous new full-color photographs; and two new sidebars on the historic Heisman Trophy win by Mark Ingram and Jeremiah Castille s view of Alabama s championship tradition."

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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 236.22 x 314.96 x 27.94mm | 1,973.12g
  • 15 Sep 2010
  • The University of Alabama Press
  • Alabama
  • English
  • National Championship ed
  • 0817317333
  • 9780817317331

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Author Information

Winston Groom, a graduate of The University of Alabama, is a novelist and historian. He is the author of fifteen books, including the best-selling "Forrest Gump." He also wrote the acclaimed Vietnam War novel "Better Times Than These," the prize-winning "As Summers Die," and the Pulitzer Prize nominee "Conversations with the Enemy." He has also written six books of American history. Mr. Groom recently won the 2011 Harper Lee Award for a Distinguished Alabama Writer. He lives with his wife and daughter in Point Clear, Alabama. Allen Barra has been a columnist and feature writer for the Wall Street Journal since 1995. He is the author of "The Last Coach: A Life of Paul Bear Bryant.""

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"I gain a deeper appreciation for all that is Alabama football every time I come back to the Capstone. Every chapter of this book embodies the Crimson Tide spirit and complements anyone s collection of Bama memorabilia. Jay Barker, 1991 94 teams"

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