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Simon and Schuster Hardback (2002)

It sold out, now is out of print, and is considered a collectable.  

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Taylor Trade obtained the paperback rights and published its edition in 2004. It has remained in print ever since, but... 

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Simon and Schuster reclaimed the paperback rights and its edition was released February 16, 2016.

 

 

 

 

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On December 6, 1969, the Texas Longhorns and Arkansas Razorbacks met in what many consider the Game of the Century. In the centennial season of college football, both teams were undefeated; both featured devastating and innovative offenses; both boasted cerebral, stingy defenses; and both were coached by superior tacticians and stirring motivators, Texas's Darrell Royal and Arkansas's Frank Broyles. On that day in Fayetteville, the poll-leading Horns and second-ranked Hogs battled for the Southwest Conference title -- and President Richard Nixon was coming to present his own national championship plaque to the winners.

Even if it had been just a game, it would still have been memorable today. The bitter rivals played a game for the ages before a frenzied, hog-callin' crowd that included not only an enthralled Nixon -- a noted football fan -- but also Texas congressman George Bush among the Washington entourage seated in the stands among fans. And the game turned, improbably, on an outrageously daring fourth-down pass.

But it wasn't just a game, because nothing was so simple in December 1969. In Horns, Hogs, & Nixon Coming, Terry Frei deftly weaves the social, political, and athletic trends together for an unforgettable look at one of the landmark college sporting events of all time.

The week leading up to the showdown saw black student groups at Arkansas, still marginalized and targets of virulent abuse, protesting and seeking to end the use of the song "Dixie" to celebrate Razorback touchdowns; students were determined to rush the field during the game if the band struck up the tune. As the United States remained mired in the Vietnam War, sign-wielding demonstrators (including war veterans) took up their positions outside the stadium -- in full view of the president. That same week, Rhodes Scholar Bill Clinton penned a letter to Col. Eugene Holmes, the head of the ROTC program at the University of Arkansas, thanking the colonel for shielding him from induction into the military earlier in the year. The colonel, whose daughter was dating star Arkansas tailback Bill Burnett, would attend the game, while Clinton listened on short-wave radio in England. That Clinton-Holmes connection even would come into play in a presidential election years later, and the otherwise reclusive Holmes, who bitterly felt misled, discussed the entire incident with Frei. Texas safety Freddie Steinmark was nursing a sore leg, and it would turn out that he played the game on a leg being eaten up by cancer -- a leg destined to be amputated within a week of the game. 

Finally, this game was the last major sporting event that featured two exclusively white teams. Slowly, inevitably, integration would come to the end zones and hash marks of the South, and though no one knew it at the time, the Texas vs. Arkansas clash truly was Dixie's Last Stand.

Drawing from comprehensive research and interviews with coaches, players, protesters, professors, and politicians, Frei stitches together an intimate, electric narrative about two great teams -- including Steinmark, who was displaying monumental courage just to make it onto the field -- facing off in the waning days of the era they defined. Gripping, nimble, and clear-eyed, Horns, Hogs, & Nixon Coming is the final word on the last of how it was.

 

"...a superb blending of sports, history, and politics." -- Si Dunn, Dallas Morning News

 

"The game and its cultural contexts have been beautifully chronicled by Terry Frei in his book Horns, Hogs and Nixon Coming." -- Bill Clinton
  

 

 

 

       

     

 

 "Some of us codgers on the scene thought we knew all facets of The Great Shootout. But now, 33 years after that climatic Arkansas-Texas game, comes a most intriguing account on whys and wherefores and backgrounds and personality quirks, warts and all, and political implications (Vietnam protests) and whatever. (That climatic week just happened to be the time when Bill Clinton got his ROTC draft deferment from an UofArkansas official, whose daughter was dating a Razorback player, etc.) Title is 'Horns, Hogs and Nixon Coming' and it's by Terry Frei, who must have worn out a dozen tape recorders in the process." 

-- Blackie Sherrod, Dallas Morning News

 

"Everyone knows that football today is a far cry from what it was in the days of leather helmets and dropkicks, but it takes a book like Terry Frei's 'Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming' to show how much the game has changed in just the last three decades. Frei does so by chronicling what might have been the final game of the God-Family-Football era, before shoe companies, superagents and TV networks turned the muddy old gridiron into a multigazillion-dollar business."
-- Charles Hirshberg, Sports Illustrated

 


  


 "It was a bit like stumbling upon a family history as written by a distant cousin . . . But much to the dismay of our most cherished prejudice, an outsider, a furriner, a Coloradan for gosh sakes, has seen things we couldn't. Like a Tocquevillian sportswriter in a new world, Terry Frei does the unexpected, if not the impossible: He makes 'thatdamngame'--and all the cultural, political, and social issues swirling around it like so much red-and-white confetti--seem new again, relevant again."

--Kane Webb in a lead editorial, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 

 

"The great sports books eventually aren't about the game or the scoreboard result, but about the characters involved -- on the field, in the stands, outside the stadium, around the country -- and the times, (and) appeal to more than just the sports fan. Frei's account of an important moment of Arkansas and Texas sports history is great because of that and can mean something to the average readers off in Oregon or Connecticut."
--Jim Harris, Arkansas Times, Little Rock


"Frei's often humorous telling is much more than a rehash of the game. . . (It) also serves as a larger history of the social and political climate surrounding the competition. (The book) is a delightful, well-researched chronicle of a turbulent era."
-- Larry Little, Library Journal

"A great story, well-told, with more delicious details than a linebacker could handle."
--David Hendricks, San Antonio Express-News

"In some spots, a reader may laugh out loud. There also may be some tears, especially in regard to courageous Texas defensive back Freddie Steinmark, who six days after playing in the Big Shootout had his left leg amputated because of a cancerous bone tumor and died in 1971. . .
"Frei does a masterful job of weaving in the historical significance of the turbulent times, including Vietnam protests, the military draft lottery and the civil rights movement that were so much a part of campus life in that era. It's political football at its best."
-- Bob Holt, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette