What are the best Michigan football books?

What are the best Michigan football books?

August 25, 2019

For those of you who are interested in reading – and you’re reading these words right now, so that probably includes you – I thought I would put together a ranked list of my top Michigan Wolverines football books. This is not an exhaustive list, because I have not read every Michigan book, even though I own most of the ones listed. (Star ratings are via Goodreads.com.)

BOOKS I’VE READ (ranked in order of my preference)

  1. Three and Out by John U. Bacon (4.15).
  2. Endzone by John U. Bacon (4.32).
  3. Fourth and Long by John U. Bacon (3.92).
  4. Braylon Edwards: Doing It My Way by Braylon Edwards and Tom VanHaaren (not rated yet).
  5. The Road to Ann Arbor by Tom VanHaaren (3.84).
  6. If These Walls Could Talk: Michigan Football Stories from Inside the Big House by Jon Falk and Dan Ewald (3.99).
  7. Forty Years in the Big House: Michigan Tales from My Four Decades as a Wolverine by Jon Falk and Dan Ewald (3.45).

BOOKS I HAVE YET TO READ (ranked in order of Goodreads.com ratings)

  1. A Legacy of Champions: The Story of the Men Who Built University of Michigan Football by John U. Bacon and Bob Wojnowski (4.43).
  2. Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership by Bo Schembechler and John U. Bacon (4.40).
  3. The Wolverines: A Story of Michigan Football by Will Perry (4.17).
  4. Bo: Life, Laughs, and Lessons of a College Football Legend by Bo Schembechler and Mitch Albom (4.15).
  5. War as They Knew It: Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler and American in a Time of Unrest by Michael Rosenberg (4.08).
  6. Michigan Man: Jim Harbaugh and the Rebirth of the Michigan Wolverines by Angelique Chengelis (3.96).
  7. Bo’s Warriors: Bo Schembechler and the Transformation of Michigan Football by Frank Lieberman (3.50).
  8. Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football by John U. Bacon (not rated yet).

Do you have any additions to make to the list?

Originally posted on December 31, 2018.


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    Aug 25, 2019 at 6:44 PM

    I still haven’t finished Three and Out, and regret having bought it. every time I open it up, I get pissed off all over again and put it back down. I’ve read Bo’s Lasting Lessons, it’s ok. Watched The Ten Year War video with one of my sons again last week.

    I am enjoying both Californios and Trail Dust and Saddle Leather by Jo Mora.

    Probably not for anyone here, but Jo Mora was a very successful cartographer and artist who dabbled as a vaquero. The two above books he wrote and illustrated about the earliest California vaqueros and the development of the Spanish tradition for training bridle horses and handling cattle. Pretty big fun for a city boy turned cowboy.

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      Aug 26, 2019 at 9:29 PM

      Oh, you’re missing out on “Three and Out.” If you can keep your emotions in check. It’s a good book, and I feel a little bit sorry for Rodriguez…

      …but not entirely. He brought on a fair amount of it himself.

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