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The Spirit of Notre Dame
An essential treasury for fans of the Fighting Irish
The Spirit of Notre Dame
Legends, Traditions, and Inspirations from One of America's Most Beloved Universities
Engaging, and inspiring, The Spirit of Notre Dame shares the unforgettable legends, traditions, and memories of Domers who have contributed to sports, politics, intellectual life, and religion, in a collection that reveals the unique character of Notre Dame.
Included in these pages are stories of many of the university’s most prominent leaders: its bold founder, Reverend Edward Sorin; Fathers Corby, Hesburgh, and Malloy; professors Frank O’Malley and Emil T. Hofman; and a host of graduates—such as Dr. Tom Dooley and Judge Ann Williams—who have made a difference in the world.
Many of the school’s most famous athletes, including legends of the gridiron—Knute Rockne, Rudy Ruettinger, and Chris Zorich—are profiled alongside stories of miraculous comebacks and incredible victories, making this account a fascinating and inspiring story of scholars and champions.
Reviews and endorsements
"There have been many books written about Notre Dame, but this one from Jim and Jeremy Langford truly captures the spirit of one of the nation's most famous and celebrated universities . . . This book is a must -have for any fan of the Fighting Irish."
—The Indianapolis Star
"Notre Dame fans will put this book on the top shelves of their collections . . . For those wanting the answer to 'What is the Spirit of Notre Dame?' reading the Langford's book . . . would go a long way."
—The Boston Globe
"The Lowells of Boston have nothing on these Langfords when it comes to institutional tradition. So who better to write a book about the place and call it, what else,The Spirit of Notre Dame? . . . As a compilation of viewpoints and memories, it reads like a Studs Terkel oral history . . . This is a book of voices, voices of people who went to Notre Dame or worked there, or felt for the place in some special way, even if they did not go there . . . The Spirit of Notre Dame is not only for Notre Dame alums, any more than "Rudy" is a movie for Domers alone. It's not even just for Catholics. It is a book about an American place that must mean enough to the country to have the only college football team whose every game is broadcast on national television."