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The latest:

March 1939: Before the Madness was released February 6, 2014

 "Carefully crafted, fast-moving and refreshing." -- Publishers Weekly

 

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Terry Frei author pages with ordering links:

Tattered Cover 

Powell's

Barnes and Noble

IndieBound.org

 Amazon

Recent Writer's Journal entries, including: 

Marines' Football Classic ... and on to Okinawa   

Honoring Jerry Frei at Oregon spring game

Catching breath after March 1939 promotion

 

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"From humble beginnings, Oregon's ‘Tall Firs’ became the best basketball team in the country, helping to break the New York monopoly on an increasingly national game, and the NCAA tournament became an unstoppable financial juggernaut. Once again, Terry Frei has vividly captured a pivotal moment in history, for the world of college basketball and for a world about to go to war. The exploits on the court are enthralling not only for their drama, but held up for comparison against what the tournament has become today—as well as the danger lurking only a few years away."
-- Luke DeCock, sports columnist, Raleigh News & Observer  

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"Give a talented journalist an engrossing storyline – especially a sports writer accustomed to the drama of games – and he will keep you mesmerized by the who, what, where, when and why of the unfolding adventure. And so it is with Terry Frei’s Olympic Affair. Set against the 1936 Berlin Olympics – remembered primarily for Jesse Owens’ four gold-medal performance and Adolf Hitler’s disdain for him – Frei focuses on the decathlon champion, America’s Glenn Morris, and his affair with the renowned German actress and Olympic film director, Leni Riefenstahl. It is, then, a compelling look at an historic sporting event and a love/sex scandal cloaked in intrigue and danger. Frei’s style is reporter/novelist, cleanly balanced between event and character, offering a panorama of human triumph saddened by failure."
--Terry Kay, Townsend Prize and Southern Emmy winner, author of To Dance with the White Dog and The Book of Marie

 
 

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"The game and its cultural contexts have been beautifully chronicled by Terry Frei in his book Horns, Hogs and Nixon Coming."

-- Bill Clinton

 

"One of the better -- and more readable -- books of social history published in recent years."

-- Paul Greenberg, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer, Arkansas Democrat Gazette 

 

"A great story, well-told, with more delicious details than a linebacker could handle."
--David Hendricks, San Antonio Express-News


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"Third Down and a War to Go will put you in the huddle, in the front lines, and in a profound state of gratitude -- not only to the Badgers and the hundreds of thousands of veterans like them, but to Terry Frei."
-- Neal Rubin, Detroit News 
 
 "Many times you hear athletes called heroes, their deeds and accomplishments on the field or court are characterized as courageous. After reading Third Down and a War to Go, I am embarrassed to have ever been thought of as brave or courageous. Enjoy this adventure in history, life, and in courage and take it from a so-called ‘tough guy’...keep the hanky close by.”
-- Dan Fouts, Hall of Fame quarterback 

 
 

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"The games, the politics and the culture with which Frei deals here unfolded 30 years ago, but they're brought to life again in this book with a clarity and a luster that makes the story of Denver and the Broncos seem as fresh as the upcoming football season. It's a rite-of-passage tale for a city and a team as they reach and pass the cusp of the 'Big Time' in tandem. Would one have happened without the other? Maybe. But Denver and its football team grew up hand-in-hand during this extraordinary season, making this history a must-read for fans of the NFL, of the 1970s and of the American West. You didn't have to live through it in Denver to appreciate this account of the flowering of a franchise and its love affair with a town, but this book takes those of us who did straight back to those thrilling days of yesteryear in unforgettable fashion. Frei has written Denver's version of `Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning.'" 

-- Michael Knisley, Senior Deputy Editor, ESPN.com

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“For every story, there’s a story behind the story, and Frei’s book captures hundreds of them. Frei provides never-before-read tales of legendary athletes, monumental events and games behind the games, as well as his own opinion of newspaper sports journalism as a whole—and its future . . . A must-read for every sports fan.”

—Doug Ottewill, Mile High Sports Magazine

 
 

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“Events carry the story forward swiftly, and that alone would make it a good read. But Frei has a larger point to make. It’s during times of upheaval, when the very foundations of normalcy are being shaken, that personal courage, honor and the willingness to stand fast on principle matter most. All of the central characters in Frei’s story will have to decide whether to make that stand, and if so, how to make it. Frei has written three nonfiction books, most notably Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming. This book proves he can write fiction too.”

—Ken Goe, Portland Oregonian

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Fall 2014
Dater2.jpgFrom Taylor Trade: A collaborative effort of Terry Frei and Adrian Dater (pictured), Save by Roy is an opinionated, interpretive, and in-depth look at the Colorado Avalanche's amazing turnaround under the leadership of former franchise greats Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy and Roy’s first season as an NHL coach.
 
FIRST SIGNING APPEARANCE: Terry Frei and Adrian Dater, Monday, November 17, 7 p.m. Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax, Denver. Other signings to follow.   

 

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Columbine's Boy in the Window

NEXT: The New Kid, a young adult novel

 

 

The Greatest Mom Ever 

 

JoAnn B Ficke Cancer Foundation

  

Alex's Lemonade Stand for Pediatric Cancer Research

 

Colorado Freedom Memorial

(Dedication May 26, 2013. Thanks

and congratulations to its

champion, Rick Crandall.)

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World War II conference keynote speakers

James Megellas and Terry Frei.

"Maggie," the most decorated officer

in the history of the 82nd Airborne,

is worthy of the Medal of Honor.

"Maggie's" web site and Medal of Honor petition.

 

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From Terry's brother, David