Thursday, June 23, 2011

Featured Book: The Legend's Son by Willie Backer

The Legend's Son: ...And The Ultra-Competitive World Of Alabama FootballTold in first-person narrative by a social outsider, The Legend’s Son is no doubt the most riveting look at the attitudes and opinions of the Deep South since Gone With The Wind. To Pat Murphy, a northerner, the Deep South was always as foreign and distant a place as some Third World nation on another continent. All he knew about the region was what he had read in history books, studying events like the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. And that’s all he wanted to know.

But when he unexpectedly finds himself in the Heart of Dixie, he suddenly has to learn all about its customs and traditions. He quickly realizes, in Alabama, the cliché “Football is a way of life” isn’t a cliché at all. He is astounded to the point of being fascinated at just how incredibly stout the spirit and pride is. And he’s absolutely bewildered right from the start. “Like the Martin Sheen character in Apocalypse Now, I was going deeper and deeper into a world I had no idea even existed,” he writes.

He proceeds to go on a rip-roaring adventure, encountering everything from colossal corruption right up to the state capital building to a staggering array of colorful characters Charles Dickens couldn’t make up. Most notably... The Legend’s Son.

About the author:

Willie Backer is an award-winning, veteran writer who has chronicled major news and sports events all across America, and is the author of the brand new book “The Legends Son…And The Ultra-Competitive World of Alabama Football.” 


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