Season of Saturdays: A History of College Football in 14 Games

Michael Weinreb (Author)

Product Details

Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
August 11, 2015
5.3 X 1.4 X 8.2 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Michael Weinreb has written about college football for The New York Times, GQ, Sports on Earth, ESPN, and Grantland. He has been featured on NPR's This American Life and ESPN's 30 for 30, and has appeared on CNN, ESPN, and ESPN Radio. His book Game of Kings won the Quill Award for Best Sports Books of 2007. He lives in San Francisco, California.


"This book is really two books, interwoven into one. The first is an entertaining history of America's most interesting game, described by someone who knows. The second is the story of a man trying to work through his deepest fears and insecurities by sitting on the couch and watching TV (and--in all likelihood--caring too much about what he sees). But the reason the first book matters is because the second book explains most people who love college football."--Chuck Klosterman, author of "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs" and "I Wear the Black Hat"
"Michael Weinreb journeys through the black and white college football world of the nostalgia junkie and the cynical critic and finds both of them wrong: college football, like America, is a culture of troubling, electrifying gray. This is our story."--Wright Thompson, senior writer, ESPN
"No sport explains America quite like college football, and no writer explains college football with more passion and insight than Michael Weinreb. Season of Saturdays is both fun and insightful, and belongs on the shelf of anybody who loves the sport."--Michael Rosenberg, author of War as They Knew It
"Season of Saturdays is simply an unforgettable read. It is a deeply moving portrait of America's greatest game, exquisitely written by Michael Weinreb. The reader is captured and captivated from the first line and it holds all the way to the index at the end. I could go on but I am thinking about starting Season of Saturdays again--I liked it that much."--Paul Finebaum, author of "My Conference Can Beat Your Conference"
"A passionate defense of college football... entertaining and enlightening for both rabid fans and newbies."--Kirkus Reviews
"A discursive, informative, sardonic, and often hilarious account of a sport attended by 50 million colorfully dressed fans every year. The book is being published at a time when the game is, as it often has been, in transition and under considerable scrutiny...questions of race, corruption, amateurism, trickery, hypocrisy, and hyper-aggressiveness are integral components of this absorbing book."--Booklist
"[A] beautifully written mix of memoir and reportage that tracks college ball through 14 key games, giving depth and meaning to all."--Sports Illustrated
"[A] beautiful meditation....well-researched....studded withsharply distilled character intimate and deeply personalrumination on the sport's meaning."--The Boston Globe
"Wry, quirky, fascinating....This surely is one of the mostenjoyable books of the college football season....Weinreb wrestles in captivatingprose with the violence, hypocrisy and corruption that are endemic to the sportat its most cutthroat level."--The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"College football is a confounding sport with an arcane history at the intersection of higher education, the twilight of adolescence, and semi-professional football, all institutions of questionable integrity. The mix is captured and explained beautifully in Michael Weinreb's new book 'Season of Saturdays'....required reading."--Washington Free Beacon
"A must-read for the college fan."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Snappy and well-written."--Portland Oregonian
"[An] engaging and entertaining read."--Penn State News
"Every college football fan needs this book...Weinreb is such an entertaining writer, even those who hate the sport will love this book."--The Florida Times-Union
"This cultural history of the game belongs on the shelf of every hardcore college football fan. [Weinreb's] candor and passion are displayed on every page."--Publishers Weekly