From famed sportswriter Ron Fimrite comes the definitive history of the University of California at Berkeley's Football Program-Golden Bears. From their humble beginnings as student diversion to their unforgettable 2008 season, the Golden Bears have remained one of the nation's most exhilarating teams. Relive the most stirring and memorable moments in Cal history. From "The Play" to an infamous run in the 1929 Rose Bowl, the Bears' best-known plays and games are chronicled in one exciting volume. But Golden Bears is more than just a history of football at the nation's most prestigious public university. Through fascinating profiles of Cal's distinctive personalities, including coaches Andy Smith and Pappy Waldorf, complex players such as Jackie Jensen and Chuck Muncie, and flamboyant University presidents Benjamin Ide Wheeler and Robert Gordon Sproul, Golden Bears traces the political, cultural, and economic factors that have made Berkeley as well known for its activism as its academics.

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