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The All Americans

Lars Anderson

St. Martin's Griffin

On November 29, 1941, Army played Navy in front of 100,00 fans. Eight days later, the Japanese attacked and the young men who battled each other in that historic game were forced to fight a very different enemy. Author Lans Anderson follows four players—two from Annapolis and two from West Point—in a narrative of football and war. Through research and interviews with dozens of World War II veterans, Anderson tells these men's suspenseful journeys, from fierce fighting, heroic rescues, tragic death, and awe-inspiring victory.

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CHAPTER ONE
D-DAY

The young man stood on the deck of the U.S.S. "Garfield," looking across the English Channel, into darkness. It was just after midnight on June 6, 1944, and the defining hour of Henry Romanek's life was at hand. The "Garfield," a transport ship, had just left the coast of England and was motoring south across the channel, its destination the waters off northern France, about ten miles outside of a quiet, enchanting beach the Allies called Omaha.

As Romanek gazed onto the black horizon, a cold wind dusting his cheeks, beams of moonlight filtered though the clouds
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Praise for The All Americans

"In this illuminating book, the author retraces Romanek's life and that of three other Army-Navy players as they evolve from young college men into furious, determined fighters facing trauma, suspense, and loss." ---Reader's Digest (editors's choice)
"Anderson, a Sports Illustrated staff writer whose father served in the Navy, makes a convincing case that the Army-Navy football rivalry played a significant role in preparing many young men for war...irresistible." ---Sports Illustrated
"Anderson does a stellar job of portraying life just before and during World War II at the service academies, places of purpose and distinction." ---The Philadelphia Inquirer
"The appeal of this great story should transcend generational boundaries." ---Boston Herald
"A compelling, heartfelt drama about the loss of innocence of a generation at war and on the football fields in another time in America. This is a fascinating look at WWII from a completely new point of view."
---Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author of In Harm's Way
"With dramatic writing, fully developed characters, and a story that captures both mind and heart, this book is everything the movie Pearl Harbor wanted to be, but wasn't." --- Booklist


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Lars Anderson

  • A graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, Lars Anderson earned a masters degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and is now a staff writer at Sports Illustrated. He's also the author of the critically acclaimed Pickup Artist: Street Basketball in America and The Proving Ground: A Season on the Fringe in NFL Europe. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife, Sara.

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