The Eleventh Man by Ivan Doig

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Driven by the memory of a fallen teammate, TSU’s 1941 starting lineup went down as legend in Montana football history, charging through the season undefeated. Two years later, the "Supreme Team" is caught up in World War II. Ten of them are scattered around the globe in the war’s lonely and dangerous theaters. The eleventh man, Ben Reinking, has been plucked from pilot training by a military propaganda machine hungry for heroes. He is to chronicle the adventures of his teammates, man by man, for publication in small-town newspapers across the country like the one his father edits. Ready for action, he chafes at the assignment, not knowing that it will bring him love from an unexpected quarter and test the law of averages, which holds that all but one of his teammates should come through the conflict unscathed. A brilliantly told tale of the effects of war on small town life by the bestselling author of The Whistling Season.

About Ivan Doig

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Ivan Doig was born in Montana in 1939 and grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front, the dramatic landscape that has inspired much of his writing. A recipient of a lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association, he is the author of eight previous novels, most recently The Whistling Season, and three works of nonfiction, including This House of Sky. He lives in Seattle.
Published September 3, 2009 by Mariner Books. 422 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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The members of a legendary Montana college football team become grist for the World War II PR mill in this latest from Doig (The Whistling Season, 2006, etc.).

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Eleventh Man

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In Ivan Doig’s new novel, a World War II military journalist is ordered to make heroes of his doomed comrades.

Nov 23 2008 | Read Full Review of The Eleventh Man

Bookmarks Magazine

Ivan Doig, novelist of the American West, moves between the plains of Montana and the sprawling theaters of World War II in his 12th book (after Whistling Season, 4 of 5 Stars Selection Sept/Oct 2006).

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