The story of “one of the most tumultuous and important years in American history” (The Denver Post)—a remarkable week in which irresistible social change and thrilling sports met head-on—in the 1969 version of college football’s game of the century.
On December 6, 1969, the Texas Longhorns and the Arkansas Razorbacks met in what many consider the game of the century. Both teams were undefeated; both featured devastating and innovative offenses; both boasted stingy defenses; and both were coached by superior tacticians and stirring motivators: Texas’s Darrell Royal and Arkansas’s Frank Broyles. Moreover, President Richard Nixon was on hand to present his own national championship plaque to the winners. Even if it had been just a game, it would have been memorable. But it was much more, because nothing was so simple in December 1969.
In this “delightful, well-researched chronicle of a turbulent era” (Library Journal), Terry Frei deftly weaves the social, political, and athletic trends together for an unforgettable look at one of the landmark college sporting events of all time. Gripping, nimble, and clear-eyed, Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming is a great story, well told with more delicious details than a linebacker could tackle” (San Antonio Express News).
Terry Frei is the author of seven books, including the highly acclaimed Third Down and a War to Go and the fact-based Olympic Affair: A Novel of Hitler’s Siren and America’s Hero. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
"A superb blending of sports, history, and politics."
– Dallas Morning News
– Bill Clinton
"A delightful, well-researched chronicle of a turbulent era."
– Library Journal
"Frei does a masterful job of weaving in the historical significance of the turbulent times, including Vietnam protests, the military draft lottery and the civil rights movement that were so much a part of campus life in that era. It's political football at its best."
– Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Everyone knows that football today is a far cry from what it was in the days of leather helmets and dropkicks, but it takes a book like Terry Frei's Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming to show how much the game has changed in just the last three decades."
– Sports Illustrated
"The great sports books eventually aren't about the game or the scoreboard result, but about the characters involved -- on the field, in the stands, outside the stadium, around the country.... Frei's account of an important moment of Arkansas and Texas sports history is great because of that and can mean something to the average readers off in Oregon or Connecticut."
– Arkansas Times
"Frei possesses the football expertise, an uncanny ability to buttonhook diverse personal anecdotes together, and the appreciation for history to best tell this remarkable tale."
– The Denver Post
"A great story, well-told, with more delicious details than a linebacker could handle."