The Junction Boys by Jim Dent: Mini Book Review

The Junction Boys, Jim Dent, Bear Bryant, Texas A&M, college footballNonfiction – Sports
Released September, 1999
316 Pages
Bottom Line: Read it.
Link to this book on Amazon

Plot Summary of The Junction Boys

The story of Bear Bryant’s first team (Texas A&M – 1954) to endure the 10 day “hell week” in Junction, Texas that later became legendary.

My Thoughts on The Junction Boys

The raw details of grueling practices, verbal and mental abuse, and lack of access to the most basic physical comforts make you feel for and root for these players. And, the same details will likely make you hate Bear Bryant at some points. 

But, by the end, there are enough heartwarming moments to make Bryant a bit more likable and respect his tough coaching methods. The fact that Dent doesn’t hold anything back is what makes The Junction Boys such a sports classic.

The Junction Boys is on my Books for Guys and Sports Books lists.

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  1. I’ve lived in Alabama twice and Bryant is well loved there but I don’t really know that much about him beyond the fact that he coached Alabama. This might be interesting.

    Posted 3.13.14 Reply
  2. Sounds interesting. I’ve heard of Bear Bryant, but didn’t know much about him. (I like the variety of categories you have on Sarah’s Book Shelves.)

    Posted 3.14.14 Reply
  3. susan wrote:

    yikes the practices sound very grueling. I didnt grow up in the South so don’t know that much about Bear other than his teams usually won.

    Posted 3.16.14 Reply

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