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Rising Tide - Bear Bryant, Joe Namath, and Dixie's Last Quarter-logo

Rising Tide - Bear Bryant, Joe Namath, and Dixie's Last Quarter

Randy Roberts

The extraordinary story of how Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and Joe Namath, his star quarterback at the University of Alabama, led the Crimson Tide to victory and transformed football into a truly national pastime. During the bloodiest years of the civil rights movement, Bear Bryant and Joe Namath-two of the most iconic and controversial figures in American sports-changed the game of college football forever. Brilliantly and urgently drawn, this is the gripping account of how these two very different men-Bryant a legendary coach in the South who was facing a pair of ethics scandals that threatened his career, and Namath a cocky Northerner from a steel mill town in Pennsylvania-led the Crimson Tide to a national championship. To Bryant and Namath, the game was everything. But no one could ignore the changes sweeping the nation between 1961 and 1965-from the Freedom Rides to the integration of colleges across the South and the assassination of President Kennedy. Against this explosive backdrop, Bryant and Namath changed the meaning of football. Their final contest together, the 1965 Orange Bowl, was the first football game broadcast nationally, in color, during prime time, signaling a new era for the sport and the nation. Award-winning biographer Randy Roberts and sports historian Ed Krzemienski showcase the moment when two thoroughly American traditions-football and Dixie-collided. A compelling story of race and politics, honor and the will to win, RISING TIDE captures a singular time in America. More than a history of college football, this is the story of the struggle and triumph of a nation in transition and the legacy of two of the greatest heroes the sport has ever seen.

The extraordinary story of how Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and Joe Namath, his star quarterback at the University of Alabama, led the Crimson Tide to victory and transformed football into a truly national pastime. During the bloodiest years of the civil rights movement, Bear Bryant and Joe Namath-two of the most iconic and controversial figures in American sports-changed the game of college football forever. Brilliantly and urgently drawn, this is the gripping account of how these two very different men-Bryant a legendary coach in the South who was facing a pair of ethics scandals that threatened his career, and Namath a cocky Northerner from a steel mill town in Pennsylvania-led the Crimson Tide to a national championship. To Bryant and Namath, the game was everything. But no one could ignore the changes sweeping the nation between 1961 and 1965-from the Freedom Rides to the integration of colleges across the South and the assassination of President Kennedy. Against this explosive backdrop, Bryant and Namath changed the meaning of football. Their final contest together, the 1965 Orange Bowl, was the first football game broadcast nationally, in color, during prime time, signaling a new era for the sport and the nation. Award-winning biographer Randy Roberts and sports historian Ed Krzemienski showcase the moment when two thoroughly American traditions-football and Dixie-collided. A compelling story of race and politics, honor and the will to win, RISING TIDE captures a singular time in America. More than a history of college football, this is the story of the struggle and triumph of a nation in transition and the legacy of two of the greatest heroes the sport has ever seen.
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The extraordinary story of how Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and Joe Namath, his star quarterback at the University of Alabama, led the Crimson Tide to victory and transformed football into a truly national pastime. During the bloodiest years of the civil rights movement, Bear Bryant and Joe Namath-two of the most iconic and controversial figures in American sports-changed the game of college football forever. Brilliantly and urgently drawn, this is the gripping account of how these two very different men-Bryant a legendary coach in the South who was facing a pair of ethics scandals that threatened his career, and Namath a cocky Northerner from a steel mill town in Pennsylvania-led the Crimson Tide to a national championship. To Bryant and Namath, the game was everything. But no one could ignore the changes sweeping the nation between 1961 and 1965-from the Freedom Rides to the integration of colleges across the South and the assassination of President Kennedy. Against this explosive backdrop, Bryant and Namath changed the meaning of football. Their final contest together, the 1965 Orange Bowl, was the first football game broadcast nationally, in color, during prime time, signaling a new era for the sport and the nation. Award-winning biographer Randy Roberts and sports historian Ed Krzemienski showcase the moment when two thoroughly American traditions-football and Dixie-collided. A compelling story of race and politics, honor and the will to win, RISING TIDE captures a singular time in America. More than a history of college football, this is the story of the struggle and triumph of a nation in transition and the legacy of two of the greatest heroes the sport has ever seen.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ed Krzemienski, Alan Sklar

Length:

15h 30m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

26:52


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

28:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

25:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

23:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

21:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

27:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

19:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

24:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

25:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

26:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

28:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:37


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

21:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

27:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

19:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

26:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

24:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

18:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

20:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

27:25


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

22:10


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

20:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

19:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

23:17


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

19:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

24:30