A Civil War by John Feinstein
Army vs. Navy: A Year Inside College Football's Purest Rivalry

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"A Civil War" is bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein's account of one extraordinary year in Army and Navy football, the breathtaking 1995 campaign. Feinstein followed both teams through the year, attending their practices and classes, relaxing with them in their limited free time, standing with them on the sideline at their games. For Navy, it was a must-win year. The Cadets had beaten the Midshipmen three years straight, each time in heartbreaking fashion, and for the entire senior class the Army game would be a last chance for redemption. Army had its own troubles: a beloved coach was in danger of losing his job and the team leaders were determined to finish their careers with a winning season and a bowl game invitation. "A Civil War" traces the ups and downs of both teams through the season, showing how these remarkable young men dealt with the rigors of football along with the constant pressure of academy life, while re-creating the intense weeks leading up to the showdown. The account here of the 1995 Army-Navy game is an unforgettable piece of sportswriting, an up-close retelling of a heart-stopping game from both sides of the field.

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John Feinstein (born July 28, 1956) is an American sportswriter, author and sports commentator. Feinstein is a graduate of Duke University. He was born in New York City and spent many years on the staff at the Washington Post. He has also written for Sports Illustrated and is a visiting professor of Journalism at Duke. His first book, A Season on the Brink, is the bestselling sports book of all time. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, Where Nobody Knows Your Name, about minor league baseball.
Published November 1, 1997 by Back Bay Books. 464 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Feinstein, author of the bestselling A Good Walk Spoiled (1995), again delivers the goods, this time chronicling the 1995 season of the West Point and Annapolis football teams, culminating in their annual game.

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Even going into the game, after Army Week and a whole season of "Beat Army," he was more focused on the winning season than on Beating Army.

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What he discovered about the inner workings of athletes who will never play professionally, and who will spend six years after the end of their football careers in the service of their country, is nothing short of fascinating.

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