Inspiring Biography Released in New, Updated Edition

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Author Terry Tibbetts announces the re-release of his popular book, ‘A Spartan Game.’

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“At West Point, the motto – in fact the cadet’s entire value system – is ‘Duty, Honor, Country,’” explains Tibbetts. “Don Holleder lived that motto to its fullest.”

In “A Spartan Game” (published by iUniverse), Terry Tibbetts tells the inspirational story of a football star and military hero who stirred the hearts of millions with his epic life of sacrifice to family, team and country.

Don Holleder was an All-American football end at West Point in 1954. The following season, in a startling move, his coach asked him to play quarterback. The coach explained that he needed leadership at the position and that Don was the best leader on the team. The position change proved to be just what West Point needed to prevail over their highly-favored rival, Navy. Then Don accepted greatly increased challenges. He made the decision to sacrifice a pro-football career to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army. He volunteered to go to Vietnam, where in October of 1967 he was killed in a heroic attempt to rescue a battalion of men trapped in an ambush. That ambush, known as the battle of Ong Thanh, was the result of a major military strategy blunder and was exacerbated by a top-level military cover-up. The media later discovered the ruse and, according to Tibbetts, never trusted the military again. “That was the precise moment that the American public began losing confidence in U.S. presence in Vietnam,” he says.

Holleder was one of Tibbetts’ childhood heroes. “At West Point, the motto – in fact the cadet’s entire value system – is ‘Duty, Honor, Country,’” explains Tibbetts. “Don Holleder lived that motto to its fullest.”

“A Spartan Game” has been selected for inclusion in the iUniverse Star program, which recognizes excellence in writing and commercial success.

“A Spartan Game”
By Terry Tibbetts
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 360 pages | ISBN 9781938908149 |
E-Book | 360 pages | ISBN 9781938908156 |
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Authors
Terry Tibbetts was a sportscaster for 25 years and interviewed many Hall-of-Fame athletes, including Carl Yastrzemski, Nolan Ryan, and Bob Cousy, as well as sportscasting legend Curt Gowdy. A native and long-time resident of northern New England, he now lives in Ocala, Fla.

Rich Ellerson, who wrote the book’s foreword, is the head football coach at U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He held head coaching positions at Southern Utah and California Polytechnic State before taking over at Army in 2009.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebook on Twitter.


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