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4:45 am and I'm still up reading it. Exceptional. Borderline brilliant."
"Give a talented journalist an engrossing storyline – especially a sports
writer accustomed to the drama of games – and he will keep you mesmerized by the who, what, where, when and why of the
unfolding adventure. And so it is with Terry Frei’s Olympic Affair. Set against the 1936 Berlin Olympics –
remembered primarily for Jesse Owens’ four gold-medal performance and Adolf Hitler’s disdain for him – Frei
focuses on the decathlon champion, America’s Glenn Morris, and his affair with the renowned German actress and Olympic
film director, Leni Riefenstahl. It is, then, a compelling look at an historic sporting event and a love/sex scandal cloaked
in intrigue and danger. Frei’s style is reporter/novelist, cleanly balanced between event and character, offering a
panorama of human triumph saddened by failure. Of the books I’ve read in the past four or five years, this one is near
the top of the list." --Terry Kay, novelist and screenwriter, Townsend Prize and Southern Emmy winner, author of To Dance with the
White Dog and The Book of Marie
"How does a wide-eyed, college kid from rural Colorado wind up
becoming a player in the rise of Nazi Germany before World War II? Simple. All Glenn Morris had to do was set a world record
in the decathlon, go to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and, on his way to winning a gold medal, fall in love with a beautiful
genius of a woman in Hitler's inner circle. We know all this to have actually happened, but Morris's affair with Leni Riefenstahl
left many questions still unresolved more than three-quarters of a century later. Terry Frei not only poses credible answers
in his novel Olympic Affair, he writes about them into a marvelous, chronologically told story that weaves lives and paths
in a way that has the reader eager to see how they will unfold day after day, page after page. It is that rare volume that
mixes history, politics, sport, racism, religion and romance in a didactic way that entertains rather than lectures. If Frei's
book is made into a screenplay, the movie stardom that Riefenstahl promised Morris might finally become a reality."
"I have tremendous admiration for Terry Frei's new book,
which traces the unlikely and complicated relationship between Colorado sports legend Glenn Morris and Hitler's favorite filmmaker,
Leni Riefenstahl. Historical fiction is a dangerous game: where does history leave off and fiction begin? How to draw the
line between what happened and what might/should have happened? Frei takes these challenges head-on and succeeds brilliantly.
His research is impeccable and names are not changed to protect the guilty. I found particularly moving the account of Morris'
ruined later life, which could serve as a warning to many present-day sports heroes. This is history as historians seldom
write it and should be required reading for everyone. Highly recommended."
-- David Milofsky, professor of English, Colorado State University, novelist and author of Playing From Memory and
A Friend of Kissinger
"[T]he most intriguing sports book I've read in the last 12 months
. . . Frei has an incredible knack for writing compelling books about a subject nobody thought previously about writing. His
Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming was a terrific example of that but Olympic Affair is even better. . . What
makes the book special it's that it's actually a novel, with Frei's exhaustive research filling in the blanks of the love
story and what has been largely an untold tale. The book is written with care and sensitivity and works on several levels
-- not only as straight entertainment but as a history refresher on what the world was like during that explosive time. And
hey, any book featuring sex, sports and Nazis is bound to be pretty good, right? Obviously, this is an adult book but one
I recommend highly. Frei's Glenn Morris is a fascinatingly tragic hero that you will not soon forget."
"Olympic sports, an international romance, and world politics on
the eve of World War II collide in the electrifying Olympic Affair. Author Terry Frei recounts the romance between
an American Olympic decathlon gold medalist and a highly-connected German film director during the 1936 Berlin Olympics, when
neither realized the traumatic impact that their friendship, his sudden fame, her unchecked ambition, and the approaching
Second World War would forever have upon their lives. This meticulously researched and historically accurate novel is illuminated
with plausible fictional dialog, using the same readable approach as Alex Haley's Roots and Leo Tolstoy's War
and Peace. Frei has crafted a book which confronts the reader with ethical questions and the consequences of life decisions.
Olympic Affair is simultaneously fun, informative, and thought-provoking."
-- Dr. Richard C. Haney,
Professor of History Emeritus, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, author of When Is Daddy Coming Home?: An American Family During World War II
"The hard part about historical fiction is taking the truth and providing a background story that is plausible
and believable, and Terry Frei does exactly that in Olympic Affair. The story of Glenn Morris and Leni Riefenstahl
flows from the start, painting the landscape of the world around them and how it ultimately affected the outcome of the couple,
and eventually, the individuals involved. As it all unfolds, it becomes clear Frei let his research lead him to all the right
conclusions. When reading historical fiction, one wants to be able to believe the story really could have played out in such
a manner, and in Olympic Affair, Frei takes his readers down that very path."
-- Mike Brohard, sports editor, Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald
Frei’s unique writing style, taking the facts he has researched and filling in the blanks based on what we do know about
Glenn Morris, Leni Riefenstahl and those around them during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, bring to life an incredible story
about one of the most unique sports figures ever to come out of Colorado. While winning an Olympic gold medal in the decathlon,
Morris, a farm boy from Simla, Colo., also was having an affair with the Olympic filmmaker who had glorified Adolf Hitler
and Nazi Germany in earlier documentaries. Frei connects the dots in a way that is both believable and entertaining. Whether
you’re a sports fan or not, Olympic Affair: A Novel of Hitler’s Siren and America’s Hero is a great
"...an unusual yet riveting read of historical fiction and romance,
-- Midwest Book Review
"Olympic Affair captures
the Glenn Morris story like a Hollywood Movie ... It turns a story of history into the kind of story only Hollywood could
dream up for their next Charlize Theron blockbuster."
“Weaving history with fiction, Olympic Affair takes a reader on an exciting
and informative journey through one of the seminal events in modern sports: the Berlin Olympic Games of 1936.
This is no simple look at Hitler’s showcase, however. We see this epic struggle of good and evil
through the eyes of the famous (or infamous) film director Leni Riefenstahl and her lover, the naïve but determined and
obscure American decathlon champ, Glenn Morris. The two launch a love affair that rivals the intensity of the
Berlin scene itself, and the cast of surrounding characters – Hitler, Goebbels, athletes, boosters, and the FBI –
support the drama. Along the way, the author introduces us to the intricacies of athletics and training, filmmaking,
and Nazi power. In a sad but revealing tale of history, heartbreak, and hometown heroes, Terry Frei has captured
an era through a searing tale that leaves convinced that the fiction surrounding a story that actually happened is really
true. It is movingly written; you won’t put this one down!”
-- Thomas W. Zeiler, Professor, History and International Affairs, and Director, Global Studies Academic Program, University of Colorado-Boulder,
author of Annihilation: A Global Military History of World War II
"Using his initial information ...
and a combination of deduction and artistic license, Frei fills in the blanks left by history and tells his own version of
the story. The combination of the diligent research techniques he used to write his widely acclaimed non-fiction books ...
and creativity makes Olympic Affair a success as both a stand-alone novel and historical fiction. While simultaneously
recalling the athletic triumphs of participating nations, Frei builds a tension-filled love affair that steals the show from
the most controversial Olympic Games in history. Combining inference and invented dialogue, he forces the reader to invest
deeply in even the most outlying of characters, some of which he pulls from history and personalizes through fiction (swimmer/actress
Eleanor Holm Jarrett, heavyweight champion/restaurateur Jack Dempsey and even chancellor/psycho Adolf Hitler). Through the
developing plot, the details of the Olympics and the skewed historical perspective of men and women living in a pre-WWII environment,
Frei has (maybe unintentionally) created a new sort of story regarding the US-Nazi saga ... Olympic Affair offers
a chronicle that proves why athletic drama often goes well beyond the field (or track) of competition. An athletic controversy,
a triumph against adversity or a love affair can bring together the fanatics, the casual followers and those who just happen
to appreciate a good yarn, no matter the origin. And who better to tell a story of that kind than an acclaimed sportswriter
and non-fiction author turned novelist?"
"This is one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time...I said to the author when
he appeared on our radio program, 'this book would make a tremendous movie.' I'm hoping that some filmmaker decides to do
JIMMY HAYDE'S REVIEW
Terry Frei gives a remarkable account of the
improbable and little known story of America's greatest athlete and his torrid, politically charged love affair with Nazi
Germany's most famous woman in a war ready Germany in Olympic Affair: A Novel of Hitler's Siren and America's Hero.
Olympic Affair rediscovers the legend of Glenn Morris, America's long forgotten hero from a tiny farming town in Colorado
who won Olympic gold in the Decathlon at the 1936 Berlin Games, and brings his conflicted life back into the consciousness
of America. Mr. Frei recounts how Morris, in the days around his ascending to the title of "The Greatest Athlete in the
World", won something even more unexpected, the heart and passion of Leni Riefenstahl, Germany's renowned actress and
producer who gained infamy as "Hitler's Film Maker" for her 1935 Nazi propaganda film, Triumph
of the Will.
Morris and Riefenstahl, at great personal and professional risk, plot
to avoid the watchful eyes of the omnipresent Gestapo and the casual observations of ordinary citizens to conduct their clandestine
affair amidst the backdrop of a flourishing and edgy Berlin. The drums of war can be faintly heard in the background before
and during the Games as Mr. Frei weaves a story that leaves one wondering; Is Riefenstahl a star struck lover, a ruthlessly
ambitious filmmaker, or a manipulative Nazi?
Leni Riefenstahl, using her celebrity and singular
force of will, maneuvers the political quagmire of the Nazi propaganda machine, led by the vulgar Minister of Propaganda,
Joseph Goebbels, in order to make her greatest film without the meddling of the Gestapo and German Olympic officials. She,
with myopic vision, drives her Olympic Games documentary, Olympia, by pitting fear of the Fuehrer against anyone
meddling in her aspirations. Glenn Morris, with his simple country values, helps to unite a racially divided Olympic team
while trying to remain focused on his goal of Olympic gold and a future away from the farm. While Leni tries to open his eyes
to a new world and unimagined future, Glenn struggles between the seductive pleasures of the present versus the moral expectations
of his past. Mr. Frei details the racial, political and petty sexual machinations of America Olympic officials and sets them
against the grander, evil maneuvering of the Nazi Party, who orchestrate the Games as a tool to deceive the world into believing
that Germany is a peaceful and tolerant nation. Racism, anti-Semitism and back door political dealings all coalesce in a shocking
appeasement of Hitler to save embarrassment to the Nazi party.
Terry Frei revives an age when humility was
an American trait, when a world class athlete hoped for a few crumbs from a benefactors' table, when faithfulness to the girl
next door was as American as a Rockwell painting. His Olympic Affair is a well crafted tale of triumph, love and
deceit as two giants of their times weave between love and expediency. He evokes a pre-war time when bureaucrats appeased
a dictator and common citizens and athletes from around the world lived with hope, trepidation and suspicion. Interspersed
with the stories of Jesse Owens and the forsaken Jewish sprinter, Marty Glickman, Olympic Affair roils with personal
and political intrigue and love stretched to its boundaries. It is a story not to be missed.
"...a superb blending of
sports, history, and politics."
Si Dunn, Dallas Morning News
"one of the better - and most readable — books of
social history published in recent years."
Pulitzer Prize winning editorial writer Paul Greenberg, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The game and its cultural contexts
have been beautifully chronicled by Terry Frei in his book Horns, Hogs and Nixon Coming."
-- Bill Clinton
"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
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
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."
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
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
"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
"Frei went to Wheat Ridge High School, which produced not only (Freddie) Steinmark, but also Texas
guard Bobby Mitchell, whose brother was killed in Vietnam. In part because his father then was the head football coach at
the University of Oregon, Frei possesses the football expertise, an uncanny ability to buttonhook diverse personal anecdotes
together and appreciation for history to best tell this remarkable tale."
--John Moore, theater critic,
The Denver Post
Frei set out to learn more about his father. He wound up bringing to life a team, a cause and an era. Likewise, all that the
young men of the 1942 Wisconsin Badgers set out to be was college students and football players. But circumstances called
most of them to do something greater: Save the world. Impressively researched and reported and powerfully written, Third Down
and a War To Go will put you in the huddle, in the front lines and in a state of profound gratitude
-- not only to the Badgers and the hundreds of thousands of men like them, but to Terry Frei.”
Detroit News and author of Gil Thorp
"Mythology is nice. Truth is better. The '42 Badgers were boys being boys. Good for them. Good for
Terry Frei, who chose to write their story truly in his book, Third Down and a War to Go: The All-American 1942 Wisconsin
Badgers.What a powerful piece of work the book is, a telling
detail in the great portrait of America at war, young men and women who saw their duty and did it no matter how much it scared
-- Dave Kindred, The
Sporting News and author of Sound and
“Many times you hear athletes called heroes, their deeds and accomplishments
on the field or court are characterized as courageous. After reading Third Down and a War to Go, I am embarrassed to have
ever been thought of as brave or courageous. Enjoy this adventure in history, life, and in courage and take it from a so-called
‘tough guy’...keep the hanky close by.”
--Dan Fouts, Hall of Fame quarterback and ABC-TV sportscaster
“Terry Frei has captured the spirit of a different time in this country, a time of faith in school
and in country, a time of intense loyalty to teammate and fellow soldier. Third Down and a War to Go tells the story of one
University of Wisconsin football team during World War II. But to limit the tale to that is like saying Angela’s Ashes
is about Ireland. This book brings to life, in shades of black and blue and blood red, the idea that certain things are worth
--Rick Morrissey, Chicago Tribune
and relentlessly touching. The true allegory of football and war, minus the cliches.”
New York Post
"...a book that not only makes you keep reading, but makes
you care...The last chapter in Frei's book, 'Lives and Deaths,' details what happened to everyone from that squad, and by
the time you get there, you really want to know about them. It's that kind of book, relatively modest in intent but rich in
fabric and execution."
--Dwight Chapin, San Francisco Chronicle
"The drama, heroism and pathos of this book would make a great movie
that would star two Grant County men -- Lancaster's Dave Schreiner and Mark Hoskins."
--Jon Angeli, Grant
"Here’s a book written with love and passion . . . What began
as a sports book comes to resemble something akin to 'Band of Brothers,' by the late Stephen Ambrose (who played for the Badgers
more than a decade later). . . This is an inspiring book, full of fun and pathos and heroism."
past vice-president of the National Book Critics Circle and former book review editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
"Of all the traits of the World War II generation, perhaps the most impressive some 60 years later is
the ability to make do, no matter the circumstances, and with little ceremony at that. That theme echoes throughout author
Terry Frei's thoroughly researched and ardently objective book 'Third Down and a War to Go,' a chronicle of the 1942 Badgers'
rapid transition from carefree college clashes against Notre Dame and Minnesota to battling Nazi Germany and imperial Japan.
. . The first half of the book establishes the principal characters and the 'swell' atmosphere of the day, to borrow some
period terminology, while detailing an 8-1-1 season in which the Badgers were deemed mythical national champions by the Helms
Foundation. With the war heightening, the majority of the players were sent overseas to fight on the front lines, and Frei
follows them relentlessly in the book's second half, focusing mainly on (Dave) Schreiner and (Mark) Hoskins. It's a logical
choice, given their long friendship, their disparate assignments and Schreiner's status as an All-American . . . Either
half of the book would have stood alone, but together they do supreme justice to a group all too soon gone, all too easily
-- Adam Mertz, The Capital Times, Madison
Down and a War to Go' by Terry Frei is required reading for anyone with an interest in football or the Second World War. If
you have an interest in both, then this book is a must."
Iconoclast, Ourlads.com Scouting Service
"With its members serving on all fronts, the 1942
Wisconsin Badgers become a microcosm of the American war effort, representatives of a remarkable generation of self-sacrificing
Americans. . . . Through Hoskins and Schreiner, the cocaptains of the 1942 team, the author makes his most important point.
Frei portrays the young men who played football at the University of Wisconsin in 1942 and later fought for their country
as truly 'All-American' boys. Having embraced the opportunity to serve his country and risk the ultimate sacrifice, Dave
Schreiner -- as both a star athlete and all-American on the football field as well as a man of impeccable character off it
-- was the definitive symbol of this. Written with the passion of an inspired student, Third Down and a War to Go is fulfilling and powerful. It adds athletic perspective to our understanding of the 'Greatest Generation'
as well as a window into their rural, midwestern lives and their roots as athletes, students, and friends."
Butterfield, Michigan Historical Review
"...during World War II, as this book movingly reminds us, there
was little separation between war and football. Most of the young men who played at Camp
Randall during the fall of 1942 were headed for the service within a year, graduating seniors
and underclassmen alike. All season long they knew what
was coming, as did their coach, Harry Stuhldreher, one of the famed Four Horsemen of Notre Dame. Soon enough his players were in the
Marines, Navy, and Army and fighting in all theaters of the world war. All of them were doing only what they were expected to do,
what they believed they had to do, not thinking of themselves as especially brave and certainly not heroic. Yet it is impossible to read this book and not be awed by their actions.
"At the center of the story are the Touchdown Twins, Dave Schreiner and Mark
(Had) Hoskins, unforgettable middle-American archetypes. They were childhood pals from Lancaster, a small
town of 2,600 in southwestern Wisconsin, who lived out the dream of playing and starring together on the topflight Big
Ten team up in Madison, culminating with the 1942 season. The interwoven stories of Had and Dave evoke hope and
"Hoskins was among a squadron of Wisconsin players who became pilots (including Terry Frei’s dad,
Jerry Frei, a backup guard). It was while flying a B-17 mission in Europe three weeks after D-Day in June 1944 that
Had was shot down in Hungary near the German border.
"Schreiner joined the Marines and ended up leading a company into
battle on Okinawa along with his Wisconsin teammate Bob Baumann. Among the many striking moments in Frei’s
narrative, I will never forget the scene of Schreiner sprinting out of a trap staged on the island by the Japanese
and looking down at a corpse as he sped to safety. 'That looked like Bob,' he said, his eyes misting as
he kept running. The account of Schreiner’s own final hours and how he died represents Frei’s deepest
reporting and brought me to tears. It is impossible not to love Dave Schreiner, who was the best of the
1942 Badgers, better than the more famous Crazylegs, but more than that the best of humanity. His death was
front page news in the Wisconsin newspapers that June of 1945, and it hurts still sixty-one years later.
mapped out one of the first trips I intend to make when I get back to Wisconsin. I’m going to drive the
highways winding through the beautiful rolling hills southwest of Madison to pay my respects to Had Hoskins
and Dave Schreiner, the Touchdown Twins, who are buried at Lancaster’s Hillside Cemetery, side by
the foreword by David Maraniss
"David Nathan Schreiner was far more distinguished off the field, a reality brought to life
in the must-read book Third Down and a War to Go by Terry Frei."
-- Andy Baggot, Wisconsin State Journal
"This is a story of the highest
degree, one that will leave the reader at various times laughing, mournful, amazed, and inspired. 'Third Down And A War To
Go' is much more than just a football story. It is much more than just a war story. It is a story about us."
"While Schreiner's is among the most compelling,
the stories of these young men and their efforts and the battlefield recall a different era. . . These Badgers did their job
as teammates on the gridiron, and they headed off together to fight the Germans and Japanese, united in their purpose and
with a grateful nation behind them."
--Scott Angus, editor, Janesville Gazette, son
of team manager Robert Angus
"Great job. So good that I was brought
to tears. So good that I almost need to visit the cemetery in Lancaster, Wis., and say 'thanks' to Dave Schreiner and Mark
journalism professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Frei has told an amazing, riveting story of how a group of basketball coaches started a loosely organized tournament that
Oregon won that first year. Of course, it eventually would grow into an even that captures the nation's attention each March.
As a young NCAA administrator, I was the tournament director in the 1960s -- and I have to say this taught me a lot I didn't
-- Chuck Neinas, president, Neinas Sports Services; former executive director,
College Football Association; and former commissioner of Big Eight and Big 12 Conferences
"From humble beginnings, Oregon's ‘Tall Firs’ became
the best basketball team in the country, helping to break the New York monopoly on an increasingly national game, and the
NCAA tournament became an unstoppable financial juggernaut. Once again, Terry Frei has vividly captured a pivotal moment in
history, for the world of college basketball and for a world about to go to war. The exploits on the court are enthralling
not only for their drama, but held up for comparison against what the tournament has become today—as well as the danger
lurking only a few years away."
-- Luke DeCock, sports columnist, Raleigh News & Observer
"Few writers are able to put sports into real-world context like
Terry Frei. Reading March 1939 is like crossing ESPN with the History Channel. Frei brings the '39
Oregon Webfoots to life and takes us inside their victory in the first NCAA basketball tournament -- played as Germany and
Japan marched the world (including a hesitant United States) to the brink of war."
Luhm, Salt Lake Tribune
"Carefully crafted, fast-moving,
and refreshing, Frei's study ... is quite memorable."
-- Publishers Weekly
was in my second season with the Browns in '77, but as a Colorado kid - and a long-time Broncos fan - I followed this Denver
team and was both proud and envious when I attended both playoff games in Mile High Stadium. Terry Frei has taken me back,
reminding me of many things I had forgotten or telling me things I didn't know, both about that team and my hometown's growing
pains and identity crisis. I especially enjoyed his in-depth looks at the '77 Broncos' interaction and relationships during
that landmark season, and I found that especially fascinating because I have gotten to know so many members of that team over
the years. This is more than a football book: With all due respect to those who lived in Denver prior to '77, this is about
a birth of a city."
-- Dave Logan, former
U. of Colorado All-American, NFL player, voice of the Denver Broncos, and co-host of KOA Radio's The Ride Home
one knows more about Denver and its sports than Terry Frei does, and here in '77, he describes nothing less than the transformation
of a city with a special focus on Denver's most magical team. To know why and how the Mile High City exists as it does today,
this is essential history."
-- Sandy Clough, sports talk host, FM Sports Radio 104.3, The Fan
games, the politics and the culture with which Frei deals here unfolded 30 years ago, but they're brought to life again in
this book with a clarity and a luster that makes the story of Denver and the Broncos seem as fresh as the upcoming football
season. It's a rite-of-passage tale for a city and a team as they reach and pass the cusp of the 'Big Time' in tandem. Would
one have happened without the other? Maybe. But Denver and its football team grew up hand-in-hand during this extraordinary
season, making this history a must-read for fans of the NFL, of the 1970s and of the American West. You didn't have to live
through it in Denver to appreciate this account of the flowering of a franchise and its love affair with a town, but this
book takes those of us who did straight back to those thrilling days of yesteryear in unforgettable fashion. Frei has written
Denver's version of `Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning.'"
-- Michael Knisley, Senior Deputy Editor,
"Frei is an engaging writer, and even though I generally don't care whether
the Broncos win, lose, or tie, the book kept my interest all the way through."
-- Ed Quillen,
Colorado Living Magazine
"Ahh the memories. And they all happened
right here in the forgotten time zone. Those magical moments came back with a rush last week reading '77: Denver, The
Broncos, and a Coming of Age. What a fantastic read...'77 is more than just a Bronco football memoir. It was a time when our
Centennial State exploded on the national scene...Thanks to Terry Frei's wonderful work, we get to live that magical moment
all over again."
-- Dick Maynard, Grand Junction Sentinel
“Events carry the story forward swiftly, and that alone would make it a good read. But Frei has a larger point
to make. It’s during times of upheaval, when the very foundations of normalcy are being shaken, that personal courage,
honor and the willingness to stand fast on principle matter most. All of the central characters in Frei’s story will
have to decide whether to make that stand, and if so, how to make it. Frei has written three nonfiction books, most notably
Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming. This book proves he can write fiction too.”—Ken Goe, Portland Oregonian
“For every story, there’s a story behind the story, and Frei’s
book captures hundreds of them. Frei provides never-before-read tales of legendary athletes, monumental events and games behind
the games, as well as his own opinion of newspaper sports journalism as a whole—and its future . . . A must-read for
every sports fan.”
—Doug Ottewill, Mile High Sports Magazine