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Shake Down the Thunder : The Creation of Notre Dame Football With an updated preface

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

Product details

  • Paperback | 664 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 48.26mm | 907.18g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 17 b&w photos, 1 bibliog.
  • 0253215684
  • 9780253215680

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A must-read for Fighting Irish fans, their detractors, or anyone interested in American cultural history. Sept/Oct 2008 * Northern Indiana Lakes *show more

About Murray A. Sperber

Murray Sperber is Professor of English and American Studies at Indiana University and author of Beer and Circuses: How Big-Time College Sports Is Crippling Undergraduate Education.show more

Table of contents

Preface to the Indiana EditionAcknowledgmentsIntroductionI. "What Though the Odds Be Great or Small": 1789-19181. L'Universite de Notre Dame du Lac and the Nineteenth Century2. The Origins of Notre Dame's Athletic Culture3. Catholic versus American Higher Education4. The Origin of "The Notre Dame Victory March"5. Notre Dame Sports: 1900-19126. Jesse Harper: 1913 and the First Army Game7. Jesse Harper: 1914 and the Finances of College Football8. Jesse Harper: 1915-1917 and the Job of Athletic Director9. Jesse Harper's Assistant: Knute RockneII. Shaking Down the Thunder: 1918-193110. Catholic versus American Higher Education in the 1920s11. The Growth of the Athletic Culture12. The Origin of the Fighting Irish Nickname13. Rockne at Ground Zero: 1918-191914. Rockne's Rocket-First Version: 192015. George Gipp's Five Seasons at Notre Dame16. The Rocker Crashes-Rockne's Miraculous Escape: 192117. Building a Better Rocket: 192218. On the Launch Pad: 192319. Notre Dame versus Klandiana: 192420. Blast-off: 192421. The Four Horsemen-Grantland Rice versus Reality22. Rockne Threatens to Jump Ship: 192523. Anti-aircraft Fire from the Big Ten: 192624. Knute K. Rockne Inc.25. Anti-aircraft Fire from College Sports Reformers: 192726. Al Smith and "Win One for the Gipper": 192827. Rockne Attacks the College Sports Reformers: 192928. Rockne's Last and Greatest Rocket: 193029. The Death of Reform and Rockne: 1931III. "Rally Sons of Notre Dame": 1932-194130. In the Depression: 1931-194131. After Rockne32. The Demand for Perfection: 193233. The Removal of a Vice President and the First Firing of a Notre Dame Head Coach: 193334. O'Hara and Layden Assume Power: 1934-193635. O'Hara and Layden in Power: 1937-193936. Beginning Knute Rockne-All American: 193937. Filming Knute Rockne-All American: 194038. The Endshow more

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