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The President's Team: The 1963 Army-Navy Game and the Assassination of JFK

Format:  Hardcover,

304 pages

Publisher: MVP Books

Publish Date: Nov 2009

ISBN-13: 9780760337622

ISBN-10: 0760337624

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President John F. Kennedy, a former naval hero and a passionate football fan, was looking forward to watching the Midshipmen take on the Cadets at the annual Army-Navy game on November 30, 1963. "I hope to be on the winning side when the game ends," he telegrammed the Navy coach on November 20. Two days later, the president was assassinated in Dallas, changing the nation forever. Exploring the close relationship between President Kennedy and the Navy football squad of the early 1960s, author Michael Connelly describes how the 1963 Army-Navy game---which was played on December 7 after an initial postponement---served as a welcome distraction for a nation in mourning while provding a opportunity to honor JFK's memory. Connelly ties together the historic Army-Navy rivalry with the changing political landscape of the 1960s, both at home and overseas. "The President's Team" delves into Kennedy's love of football and the special bond he established with many of the Navy players, including Heisman winner and former Hall of Famer Roger Staubach.

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Publisher: MVP Books
Publish Date: Nov 2009
ISBN-13: 9780760337622
ISBN-10: 0760337624
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.31
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.34 x 1.13 x 9.3

About the author

Biography of Kennedy, Edward M.

Edward M. Kennedy was born in 1932. He was thrown out of Harvard University in 1951 for cheating, but he eventually returned and received a degree in 1956. He also attended the University of Virginia Law School. He was elected to the Senate in 1962, taking the seat that his brother John F. Kennedy had occupied before being elected President, and served for the next 47 years. His legislative achievements included bills to provide health insurance for children of the working poor, the landmark 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, Meals on Wheels for the elderly, abortion clinic access, family leave, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He wrote the following books: My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D. C. and True Compass. He died from brain cancer on August 25, 2009 at the age of 77.

Biography of Connelly, Michael

Michael Connelly graduated from the University of Florida in 1980 where he majored in journalism and minored in creative writing. After graduation, he worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, specializing in the crime beat. In 1986, he interviewed survivors of a plane crash with two other reporters and the magazine story subsequently written on the crash was on the short list for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.

This story led to a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times. After three years there, he began writing his first novel. His first novel, The Black Echo, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for best first novel by the Mystery Writers of America. His other works include The Black Ice; The Concrete Blonde; The Last Coyote; The Poet; Blood Work; Angels Flight; Void Moon, and The Lincoln Lawyer.

He writes the Harry Bosch series and the Jack McEvoy series. He has won numerous awards including the Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Shamus Award, Dilys Award, Nero Award, Barry Award, Ridley Award, Maltese Falcon Award (Japan),. 38 Caliber Award (France), Grand Prix Award (France), Premio Bancarella Award (Italy), and the Pepe Carvalho Award (Spain). His title's The Drop and The Black Box made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012 and 2013.

Chapter outline

Forewordp. 9
Prefacep. 13
Acknowledgmentsp. 17
Introductionp. 21
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, From Navy Hero to Presidentp. 29
John F Kennedy, Sportsman and Devoted Fanp. 39
The Naval Academy and Midshipmen Footballp. 47
Army vs. Navyp. 69
President Kennedy at Quonset Point, 1962p. 79
Of Mediocrity and Missiles: Kickoff, 1962p. 87
Southern California vs. Navy, 1962p. 97
Army vs. Navy, 1962p. 101
We Have a Happy Ship: Kickoff, 1963p. 113
West Virginia vs. Navy, 1963p. 119
William & Mary vs. Navy, 1963p. 127
Michigan vs. Navy, 1963p. 131
Southern Methodist vs. Navy, 1963p. 141
Virginia Military Institute vs. Navy, 1963p. 155
Pittsburgh vs. Navy, 1963p. 161
Notre Dame vs. Navy, 1963p. 171
Maryland vs. Navy, 1963p. 181
President Kennedy and the Color Barrierp. 189
Duke vs. Navy, 1963p. 195
Dallas, November 1963p. 207
A Riderless Nationp. 213
March Onp. 221
Army vs. Navy, 1963p. 227
Deep in the Heart of Texasp. 245
Texas vs. Navy, 1964 Cotton Bowlp. 249
Annapolis, January 1964p. 261
Epiloguep. 265
Afterwordp. 269
The 1963 Navy Midshipman Football Team: Where Are They Now?p. 271
Bibliography and Sourcesp. 291
Indexp. 297

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2010-01-01)

Boston Herald sportswriter Connelly (Rebound!) offers a fresh take on the early 1960s by exploring the connection between touch-football-playing war hero President John F. Kennedy and the successful Naval Academy football team that produced two Heisman Trophy winners, Joe Bellino and Roger Staubach, in four years. Relying on research and on his own interviews, the author goes through the 1963 season game by game with the nationally ranked Midshipmen losing only to Southern Methodist in a rough October contest in Dallas.

Just before the much-anticipated annual battle with 7-2 Army, though, the President was assassinated in the seminal horrific event of the era. With the nation in mourning, the game was delayed, but when the sobered service teams finally met, it was a thrilling contest that wasn't decided until the final play at the goal line. Navy won and was invited to play top-ranked Texas in the Cotton Bowl, but on New Year's Day Navy once again met defeat in Dallas. Connelly concludes the book by telling where the players are now.

Verdict: A fascinating glimpse at a time still in memory but far gone from today; recommended for all college football fans.

-John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

President John F. Kennedy, a former naval hero and a passionate football fan, was looking forward to watching the Midshipmen take on the Cadets at the annual Army-Navy game on November 30, 1963. "I hope to be on the winning side when the game ends," he telegrammed the Navy coach on November 20. Two days later, the president was assassinated in Dallas, changing the nation forever.

Exploring the close relationship between President Kennedy and the Navy football squad of the early 1960s, author Michael Connelly describes how the 1963 Army-Navy game---which was played on December 7 after an initial postponement---served as a welcome distraction for a nation in mourning while provding a opportunity to honor JFK's memory. Connelly ties together the historic Army-Navy rivalry with the changing political landscape of the 1960s, both at home and overseas. The President's Team delves into Kennedy's love of football and the special bond he established with many of the Navy players, including Heisman winner and former Hall of Famer Roger Staubach.

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