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Football's first golden age was characterized by incredible violence and life-threatening danger, and the new sport's popularity grew even as the casualties rose. After dozens of players were killed in brutal incidents that rattled the national consciousness, a proto-progressive movement attempted to abolish the game. At that critical moment, President Roosevelt, an outspoken advocate of "the strenuous life" and a longtime fan of the game, fought to preserve football's rugged essence. In 1905, Roosevelt summoned key football coaches to the White House for a historic meeting. The result was the establishment of the NCAA and a series of rule changes, including the advent of the forward pass, which not only saved the sport but transformed football into what it is today: the quintessential American game.
John J. Miller is director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College, national correspondent for National Review, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and the author of five books, including the novel The First Assassin.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: America's Game||p. ix|
|The Killing Fields||p. 1|
|Creation Stories||p. 19|
|Game Time||p. 47|
|Camp Days||p. 65|
|The Capacity to Inflict Pain||p. 91|
|The Virile Virtues||p. 111|
|Let Them Be Men First||p. 135|
|Rough Riding.||p. 155|
|Football Is a Fight||p. 175|
|The Air War||p. 205|
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