The Spirit of Notre Dame
The Spirit of Notre Dame

The Spirit of Notre Dame

Legends, Traditions, and Inspirations from One of America's Most Beloved Universities


304 Pages, 5.38 x 8.15

Formats: Hardcover

Hardcover, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: September 2009

ISBN 9780824525422

Price: $24.95


An essential treasury for fans of the Fighting Irish

Celebrating the character and heritage of the University of Notre Dame, this collection of stories captures the spirit of an institution that has come to symbolize excellence and faith in action. A variety of places and personalities are described—from the Golden Dome to the Grotto, from faith-filled visionaries and world-renowned scholars to celebrated coaches and athletes—setting Notre Dame apart as an institution of mystique and grace that has deeply influenced millions of people. Included in these pages are stories of many of the university’s most prominent leaders: its bold founder, Reverend Edward Sorin; Fathers Corby, Hesburgh, and Malloy; professors Frank O’Malley and Emil T. Hofman; and a host of graduates—such as Dr. Tom Dooley and Judge Ann Williams—who have made a difference in the world. Many of the school’s most famous athletes, including legends of the gridiron Knute Rockne, Rudy Ruettinger, and Chris Zorich, are profiled alongside stories of miraculous comebacks and incredible victories, making this account a fascinating and inspiring story of scholars and champions.


"There have been many books written about Notre Dame, but this one . . . truly captures the spirit of one of the nation's most famous and celebrated universities." —Indianapolis Star

"Notre Dame fans will put this book on the top shelves of their collections." —Boston Globe

"As a compilation of viewpoints and memories, it reads like a Studs Terkel oral history." —America Magazine

"We need to cultivate the gifts that this spirit of Notre Dame gives us, and we need to treasure and celebrate the fruits." —Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, president, University of Notre Dame

"Those nights when I walked the campus in my freshman year were mesmerizing. I never got over it. There was something there, something in the air, something that made you feel better, something that made you want to be better." —Regis Philbin '53, from the foreword

Author Biography

Jim Langford is a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame and the former director of the University of Notre Dame Press from 1974 to 1999. He is the author of several books, including The Cub’s Fan’s Book of Days, Happy Are They, and Rookie. He lives in South Bend, Indiana. Jeremy Langford is the communications director for the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus and the author of God Moments, The Journey to Peace, and Seeds of Faith. He lives in Evanston, Illinois. Regis Philbin is an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame. He has hosted many television programs, including Live with Regis and Kelly and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? He is the author of I’m Only One Man and Who Wants to be Me? He lives in New York City.