College Football

Running backs, rivalries, and the royalty of the storied gridiron.



End Zone

By Don DeLillo


West Texas is a hotbed of tough-guy football, and National Book Award-winning author DeLillo's second novel captures every overly-loud grunt of it --  while hilariously commenting on the muddled metaphorical line between war and football games. And what other writer would give us the tale through the eyes of a nuclear war-obsessesed, anxiety-riddled running back?




Rites of Autumn: The Story of College Football

By Richard Whittingham


This oversize companion book to a 10-episode ESPN series of the same name from 2001 holds up mightily on its own. Stuffed with lists, anecdotes, charts, photos, and factoids, it offers a comprehensive overview of decades college football and the mythic figures who have coached and battled on the field.





50 Years of College Football: A Modern History of America's Most Colorful Sport

By Bob Boyles


The encyclopedic Modern History catalogs every detail of college football from 1955 through the 2007 NFL Draft, including a slew of starting lineups, career statistics, AP Polls, award winners, and key game recaps (more than 6,500, in fact). Rounding it out are a hundred-plus profiles of the game's most significant figures from that era.





Gridiron Glory

By Barry Wilner


As the officers-to-be of West Point and the Naval Academy prepare themselves to defend our country, their training includes a ritual immersion in one of America’s biggest college-football rivalries, the Army-Navy Game. Barry Wilner opens the door on this century-old rivalry’s pageantry, tradition, and greatest moments and players.






The 100-Yard War : Inside the 100-Year-Old Michigan-Ohio State Football Rivalry

By Greg Emmanuel


These two schools first went at each other on the football field in 1897 and have since developed a rivalry so severe that two whole states get involved. Emmanuel not only chronicles the many clashes between these two squads, but shares insight into the meaning and passion of these annual events.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.