Recalls sixty years of Fighting Irish football, chronicles the glory of Notre Dame, and profiles four great coaches: Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Ara Parsegian, and Lou Holtz. 50,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.
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The late Ed ``Moose'' Krause spent 60 years at Notre Dame, 32 as its athletic director. He played for Knute Rockne, coached for Frank Leahy, hired Ara Parseghian, and was mentor to Lou Holtz. But instead of mining a mother lode from this human treasure-chest of collegiate sports history, coauthor Singular (Talked To Death, 1987) buries the gems under a mass of school-spirit schmaltz. Krause arrived at Notre Dame in 1930, a year before Rockne's death at age 43 in a plane crash. While Krause's reminiscences of Rockne, Leahy, and other big stars (as well as games) of yesteryear provide enjoyable bits of nostalgia, Singular lets stand too much that's mere aura-building: About being raised on Chicago's south side, Krause says, ``First, the Irish kids would beat me up. Then the Italians took a whack at me. And then the Poles. By the time I got home, I knew how to box.'' There are also too many emotion- laden scenes of Krause's imminent entry into stadiums, local taverns, or pep rallies, all accompanied, albeit silently, by the rousing tune of the Notre Dame fighting song. Much better are Singular's summaries of various Notre Dame coaches' careers and records, interspersed with recollections of former players and alumni. Singular examines the gridiron innovations of Rockne through the eyes of tackle Art McMahon (1929 and 1930) and running back Jack Elder (1927-29), and covers thoroughly the coaching careers of Leahy, Parseghian, and the school's current coach, Holtz. The author also recounts in detail the 1992 season, marked by controversy, stumbling play, and the death of Krause. Not quite enough lore to go with the legends, but this should make the faithful dewy-eyed. (Sixteen page photo insert--not seen) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
Focusing less on Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Asa Parseghian and Lou Holtz than on Moose Kraus, who had a 60-year association with the Fighting Irish as player, coach and athletic director until his death last year, this memoir captures the spirit that has made the college at South Bend so successful on the football field. Kraus was esteemed for his public persona as a storehouse of Notre Dame lore, but few knew of his private tragedy. An automobile accident in 1967 left his wife, Elise, seriously impaired mentally, with her last years spent in a nursing home, and led him into alcoholism, which he eventually conquered. Writing with Singular ( Talked to Death ) Kraus makes the point that each of the college's winningest coaches was a great motivator: Rockne through oratory, Leahy through fear, Parseghian through brilliance, Holtz through his command of detail about the game and his players' personalities. A book that should attract Notre Dame alumni and general fans alike. Photos not seen by PW.
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