FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
The System: The Glory and... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Ships from the USA. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. Very good condition - book only shows a small amount of wear. Biggest little used bookstore in the world.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football Hardcover – 24 Oct 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£22.50
£19.68 £4.78
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£22.50 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football
  • +
  • Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile
Total price: £43.04
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385536615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385536615
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

"The best book on the sport written in years (and that's coming from someone who has written a couple). "The System" will shock fans as the saturation reporting peels back the veneer on everything from coaching politics, to sexual tension in tutoring labs, to the role of recruiting hostesses, to back-stabbing conference realignment, to super boosters, and so on. Even the hardcore fans, though, will be surprised -- everyone knows this is a wild business, just not in such detail...There's just no way a college football fan won't devour this book."
--Dan Wetzel, Yahoo!Sports
""The System" is hands-down the best college football book I've ever read. It is that rare non-fiction book that reads like a great crime novel in that you just can't put it down. "The System" covers the good, the bad and the ugly in the world of college football, including an inside look at a walk-on being picked in the first round of the NFL draft, big-time college football scandals and an epidemic of criminal behavior by players on campus. It's a completely unvarnished look at the second-most popular sport in the country that will leave you aghast at the underworld that exists beneath college stadiums."
--Jim Weber, LostLettermen.com
"There is a major storm brewing on college football's horizon. At the eye of the storm is a book that is a must-read for hardcore college football fans who want to know the truth about 'The System.'"
--Frank Cooney, The Sports Exchange
"[A] harrowing and occasionally uplifting journey -- or literary trip -- through recent history and across the country's most football-obsessed campuses."
--Harvey Araton, "The New York Times
""One of the most sweeping yet meticulously researched books ever written on big-time college football...."The System" isn't just a good read. For anyone who cares about major college athletics, it is a vital read. "The System" isn't about one aspect of college football. It's about every aspect....arrestin

"The best book on the sport written in years. . . . There's just no way a college football fan won't devour this book."--Dan Wetzel, "Yahoo! Sports"
""
"[A] harrowing and occasionally uplifting journey--or literary trip--through recent history and across the country's most football-obsessed campuses."--"The New York Times"
""
Throw[s] the penalty flag on the troubled and troubling state of college football. " The Chicago Tribune"
""
The authors are superb at humanizing figures like the college presidents struggling to maintain a balance and even longtime Ohio State booster Bobby DiGeronimo, who became a fall guy for the scandal-beset school. "The Christian Science Monitor"
"One of the most sweeping yet meticulously researched books ever writtenon big-time college football. . . . A vital read."" The Hartford Courant"
""
"The Systemis a broad survey of the machinery of college football."--"The Wall Street Journal"" --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

JEFF BENEDICTis one of the country s top investigative reporters. He is a special features contributor for"Sports Illustrated"and the author of eleven critically acclaimed books, including"Pros and Cons"and"Out of Bounds." His essays and articles have appeared in the"New York Times," "Newsweek"and the"Los Angeles Times, "among other publications.
ARMEN KETEYIANis a CBS News correspondent based in New York and the lead correspondent for"60 Minutes Sports"on Showtime. An eleven-time Emmy Award winner, he is widely regarded as one of the finest investigative journalists in the country. He is also the author or coauthor of nine previous books, including"Money Players"and"Raw Recruits."" --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
4
4 star
3
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 7 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I watch the NFL in England and read this book as I didn't know much about college football. My first surprise was that some colleges have bigger crowds than NFL teams but how all the money that generates is spent isn't really covered. It concentrates on payments and player benefits but avoids the obvious dilemma of whether players should be paid.

Interesting background which jumps around from one area to another without an overall theme.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Detailed, smartly written but accessible - not three words you often put together. I'd received the book as a gift and for a Brit reading my first book detailing the college system it was hugely informative. Some of the issues covered in the book show the underbelly of the sport, but the authors explain it in such a way as not to be subjectively judgemental, it's just factual 'there it is' writing of a high calibre.

Much to like in this book and whilst I love the NFL I know little about the college game but this book has given me a great grounding and introduced me to it brilliantly.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I personally found this book very interesting and a great insight into College football in the US. Being from the UK, there is little coverage of College football other than when it is referred to on NFL broadcasts.

I would encourage any American Football fan to give this a read.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book. I'm a big NFL fan from the uk but have little knowledge and access to the college game in America. I love the way the book concisely deals with details. The further you read on the stories of focus from each chapter start linking together. Due to this, it read like a novel at times, each piece of the college system woven together, each new chapter enriching the previous. Some of the content is surprising, especially the lengths to which colleges go to recruit top high school players, not all the stories have happy endings. I left with a greater appreciation for process by which players make it into the NFL
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category


Feedback