Eight state championships, a 79 game winning streak, an .825 winning percentage, and over 300 career wins. Amazingly, these aren’t the most important things Coach Roger Barta has brought to the football program at Smith Center High School. Join Dave and Nate as they look at Joe Drape’s book, “Our Boys”.
Join Nate and Dave as they discuss Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln”.
Dave and Nate talk about the book, “American Creation”, by Joseph Ellis, which discusses the creation of the United States, and puts our Founding Fathers in a very real light by talking about what they achieved, but also what they were unable to achieve.
Dave and Nate discuss the book “The Soul of Baseball: A Journey Through Buck O’Neil’s America” by Joe Posnanski, which has the author traveling the country for a year with this baseball ambassador and icon.
Dave and Nate discuss the book, “Cinderella: Inside the Rise of Mid-Major College Basketball” by Michael Litos which follows the 2005-06 college basketball season in the Colonial Athletic Association, including the improbable run of George Mason to the Final Four.
Nate: Today, we’re discussing the book, “Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth” by Andrew Smith. I have to say, Dave, I found the concept of this book to be fascinating. Smith, after having some discussion with a couple of the astronauts who went to the moon, and after hearing of the […]
Dave: Today we’re discussing the book, “The Best Game Ever: Giants vs. Colts, 1958, and the Birth of the Modern NFL”, by Mark Bowden. The game the book focuses on, the 1958 NFL Championship Game, has been labeled the greatest game ever played by many people for decades. It was the first professional football game to […]
Nate: Hi everyone, today we’re discussing the book “Hunting Eichmann”, by Neal Bascomb, which focuses on the search for the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in the years following World War II. I have to say, Dave, I didn’t know a lot of the details surrounding Eichmann, the search for him, and the way he was actually […]
Dave: Today we’re talking about the book, “Einstein: His Life and Universe”, by Walter Isaacson. First of all, one of the reasons this particular biography of Albert Einstein stood out to me was because of the author. I read Isaacson’s biography of Benjamin Franklin and was impressed with his writing style and treatment of history. […]
Nate: Today we’re talking about the book “When the Game Was Ours” by Magic Johnson & Larry Bird with Jackie MacMullen. I’ll start off by saying that one of the things that stood out to me the most in this book was the dynamic between Bird and Magic, how competitive they were with one another, […]
Be part of a shared community reading experience through Washburn’s iRead program this fall. Pick up “Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen” and you will find it’s much more than book on a winning football team. It’s about developing a winning culture in a small-town community.