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George Colt will be speaking at the Concord Book Store about his new book:
The Game: Harvard, Yale and America in 1968
Sunday November 18 at 3:00 p.m.
On Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m., the day after this year's Harvard-Yale game, George will be speaking at the Concord Bookshop about his new book: The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968. The book tells the story of the 1968 Harvard-Yale football game, the legendary 29-29 tie that is on nearly every list of the top ten most exciting games in college gridiron history. Although it includes a detailed description of the game itself, this is a book about more than football. It's a book about a watershed year in American history (the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, rioting at the Democratic National Convention, the Tet Offensive, increasing racial tension, not to mention sex, drugs, and rock and roll) as navigated by a group of young men and by the contrasting institutions they attended. (In the course of his research he interviewed 54 of the players who took the field on November 23, 1968.)
As Publishers Weekly observed, "By humanizing the players, the accounts of each team's amazing season and the four-chapter recap of their final, unbelievable game are elevated above entertaining sports reporting to thoughtful, emotional storytelling. This excellent history illustrates sport's powerful role in American society."
The Wall Street Journal called it "the rare sports book that lives up to the claim of so many entrants in this genre: It is, in its way, the portrait of an era." In their recent fall preview, The Boston Sunday Globe selected The Game as one of their "23 hot picks for cool fall books."
A bit more about George: he was fourteen when he attended the 1968 Harvard-Yale football game. He graduated from Harvard in 1976. He has written three previous books, one of which, The Big House, was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Award in nonfiction.