By Ivan Doig

pushed by means of the reminiscence of a fallen teammate, TSU’s 1941 beginning lineup went down as legend in Montana soccer background, charging in the course of the season undefeated. years later, the "Supreme staff" is stuck up in global warfare II. Ten of them are scattered all over the world within the war’s a variety of lonely and unsafe theaters. The 11th guy, Ben Reinking, has been plucked from pilot education by way of an army propaganda computer hungry for heroes. he's to chronicle the adventures of his teammates, guy via man, for ebook in small-town newspapers around the kingdom just like the one his father edits. prepared for motion, he chafes on the task, no longer realizing that it'll deliver him love from an unforeseen zone and try the legislation of averages, which holds that each one yet considered one of his teammates may still come during the clash unscathed.

A deeply American tale, The 11th Man is Ivan Doig’s strongest novel up to now.

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