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Undefeated: From Basketball to Battle

Undefeated: A Story of Basketball, Battle, and West Point's Perfect 1944 Season tells the remarkable true story of West Point's perfect 1944 basketball season and, when its seniors were denied an opportunity to play in the NIT or the NCAA tournaments, of the war in Europe and the Pacific that they ultimately fought. Tragically, it would be a war that not all of them would survive. Described as "Hoosiers meets Band of Brothers," Undefeated's release comes on the 75th anniversary of the team's historic season.

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Jim Noles

James L. “Jim” Noles, Jr., is a founding partner of the law firm Barze Taylor Noles Lowther LLC in Birmingham, Alabama. An Army brat and former Army officer, he is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the University of Texas School of Law. To date, his books have covered a variety of non-fiction subjects and his articles have appeared in publications ranging from the New York Times to Smithsonian Air & Space. Jim resides in Mountain Brook, Alabama, with his wife Elizabeth and sons James and John. He is the immediate past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mountain Brook Library Foundation, a former chairman of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Campaign for Alabama.

Other Books

Mighty By Sacrifice: The Destruction Of An American Bomber Squadron, August 29, 1944

Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2009.

Twenty-Three Minutes To Eternity: The Final Voyage Of The Escort Carrier USS Liscome Bay

Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2004.

Camp Rucker During World War II

Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2002.


Jim Noles has produced a provocative, arresting, put-you-there account of a forgotten 1940s Army basketball team that we now realize shouldn’t be forgotten. Deeply researched, written with flair and emotion, Noles has achieved something rare: He’ll make you care, deeply, about a team you’ve never heard of—and one you’ll never forget.

— Lars Anderson, New York Times best-selling author

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