Driven by the memory of a fallen teammate, TSU''s 1941 starting
lineup went down as legend in Montana football history, charging
through the season undefeated. Two years later, the "Supreme Team"
is caught up in World War II. Ten of them are scattered around the
globe in the war''s various lonely and dangerous theaters. The
eleventh man, Ben Reinking, has been plucked from pilot training by
a military propaganda machine hungry for heroes. He is to chronicle
the adventures of his teammates, man by man, for publication
in small-town newspapers across the country like the one his father
edits. Ready for action, he chafes at the assignment, not knowing
that it will bring him love from an unexpected quarter and test the
law of averages, which holds that all but one of his teammates
should come through the conflict unscathed.
A deeply American story, The Eleventh Man is Ivan
Doig''s most powerful novel to date.