The Untold Backstory of Coaches Paul "Bear" Bryant, Carney Laslie and Frank Moseley

A Tide of Dreams by Carey Henry Keefe - The Untold Backstory of Coaches Paul "Bear" Bryant, Carney Laslie and Frank Moseley
Published by Koehler Books

A Tide of Dreams

With the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, dreams of young men and women across the nation were sidelined while the country prepared for war. This was true, too, of Coaches Paul "Bear" Bryant, Carney Laslie, and Frank Moseley, three friends and former football teammates from the University of Alabama. Their plans to coach football together upended, they instead were selected to be part of a little-known contingent of fast-tracked ace coaches turned naval officers known as the "90-Day Wonders." The tough, military-style team conditioning they implemented at the Navy's Pre-Flight Training Centers resulted in a US fighting force which became known for being the toughest in the world.Post-war, the three men reunited again, taking their brand of coaching to collegiate teams and transforming them into national champions. Spanning the 1920s until 1961, A Tide of Dreams is not so much about the game of college football as it is about friendship and loyalty, aspirations and dreams, and the intriguing blend of three personalities who loved the game. Author Carey Henry Keefe, granddaughter of Carney Laslie, has woven this revealing account from a treasure trove of personal letters and diaries, extensive library and newspaper archival research, and numerous interviews, creating an inside and fascinating look at the sport and what it cost for those who became the face of its success.

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"Carey Henry Keefe has done it - the remarkable, unknown, inside story of a rich red slice of Crimson Tide Americana!"

- Ellen Vaughn, New York Times Bestselling Author

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A TIDE OF DREAMS below.....

"The subtitle of Carey Henry Keefe’s A Tide of Dreams says it all: UNTOLD.
Not only does this spectacular piece of work reveal behind-the-curtain stories of the much written-about Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, but it chronicles in a fascinating way the simultaneous journeys of Bryant and his two closest coaching confidantes and friends – Carney Laslie and Frank Moseley. Beginning in the early 1930s as rugged Crimson Tide football players, this trio of great football minds remained inseparable for most of their careers. Especially poignant are their World War II days when they utilized football techniques and workouts to train what would become the world’s greatest fighter pilots. Following their service, the trio reunited as coaches and continued to lead young men on the gridiron for years to come. A Tide of Dreams is more than a story of three football buddies doing what they loved most: it’s a magnificent display of friendship, love, and loyalty."

Tommy Ford
Retired, Director of Athletic Alumni Association, 33 years:

"Carey Henry Keefe has written a love story, or better said, a story of many loves. ....the devotion of a group of men who experienced the common bond of playing football for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide takes the reader on an adventure.... through the trials of World War II, family, winning and losing football games. On first impression many people will think this is a football book. After reading Keefe’s excellently written text all will know it is an account of devotion, sacrifice, and of love."

Ken Gaddy
Retired Director of the Paul W. Bryant Museum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama:

"Just when you think you know everything about Coach Bear Bryant, Carey Henry Keefe adds a new dimension to his life with this moving portrait about his enduring friendships with her grandfather Carney Laslie and Frank Moseley.  This narrative travels to little-explored wartime training camps where Alabama’s most beloved football coaches bonded for life, prepped the first generation of top gun fliers and mastered the ingredients for producing championship football teams.”

Anne R. Keene, Author
The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win WWII and granddaughter of the commander of the U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School in Chapel Hill, NC:

Carey Henry Keefe

About Carey

Carey Henry Keefe has written one mystery novel based on her twelve years as a medical practice administrator in Las Vegas. While living in Tampa, Florida, she was a contributor to the Tampa Tribune as a book reviewer and her numerous personal essays have been produced on NPR-affiliated stations over the years. She received a B.S. in business management from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia.

Henry-Keefe and her husband of forty-two years have recently taken up residence in Tidewater Virginia where they are closer to the sea and four of their six grandchildren. 

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