Sunday, February 22, 2009

Book Review: Cane Mutiny

In Cane Mutiny: How the Miami Hurricanes Overturned the Football Establishment, Miami alum and ESPN writer Bruce Feldman covers the 25 or so years of the University of Miami football dynasty, from Howard Schnellenberger's building of the program to the 1983 national championship to the initial promising years of Larry Coker's regime. Feldman competently and readably tells the story, unsurprisingly concentrating on the biggest and highest moments, and covering in less detail the scandals and down times of the mid to late 1990's. The book betrays little evidence of any necessity of inside access-the same story could have been told from already existing sources, including contemporaneous media interviews, and Feldman doesn't collect the material he has in a particularly interesting way or produce any particular insights. To the extent he did interview people, there's no evidence he got them to tell us something we didn't already know. Cane Mutiny is not a bad effort, just not a particularly interesting one to anybody who was a college football fan in the relevant timeframe (my era of cognizance probably dates back to the late 80's) and is not a particular fan of the Miami Hurricanes. Your time would be better spent instead with Feldman's Meat Market.

3 comments:

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Jon said...

Thanks for the reviews. Read this one a couple of years ago but don't have anything to add. I am in the middle of The Genius, so expect a post to that thread soon.

Best,

Tom said...

Jon,
Thanks for commenting, glad you're liking them. I have about five more football books out from the library right now, so I'll be adding more relatively soon. Then, I think it may be time to read something else for a while.