Shake Down the Thunder:

The Creation of Notre Dame Football

by Murray Sperber (Indiana University Press).


First published in 1993, the book is back in print with a new introduction by the author. Considered by critics to be one of the finest books of football history, Shake Down the Thunder explores the reality of such heroic icons as Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy and Grantland Rice. “The truth only makes the characters and their times more fascinating,” wrote USA Today.

This cultural history of the University and its big-time football program is at turns painful, moving and exciting. Just like Notre Dame football games.