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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, November 2013: Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football is a touching portrait of what is arguably one of the best--and most colorful--football teams ever. But Rich Cohen, better known as an essayist and editor than a sports writer, brings together an oral history of the Bears (featuring many well-known football figures, including Coach Mike Ditka), the evolution of the game and the league, and glimpses of his own childhood growing up in Chicago into a seamless narrative. Monsters is one of those rare books that transcends its topic without surrendering its enthusiasm for it. Cohen's perspective is both cogent and ambivalent. For example, he describes the quaterback as "a man in pain." He writes, "Via his suffering, we witness our own suffering at a safe remove. We eat chips and drink beer as he's lacerated, stepped on, stomped, taunted, concussed." Monsters is the rare sports book you can recommend to a non-fan as well as the biggest die hard. Really, you could recommend it to anyone who would enjoy a beautifully written, deeply human story. --Kevin Nguyen
Rich Cohen’s history of the Chicago Bears is a great read, even if you’re not a football fan.
A CHICAGO BEAR AND NFL HISTORY A great book for; Football fans, NFL fans, Chicago Bear fans, and anyone who enjoys reading about competitive sports.
One of the most touching anecdotes concerned Walter Payton and his deep distress about not being able to score in the Super Bowl.
If you love the bears or live football whata story. Still waiting for a team to replace the 85 Bears.Published 20 days ago by Josh Liddle
I am not a Chicago Bear fan, but I loved the book. Mr. Cohen furnishes insights into the NFL world I have never seen anywhere else...Published 1 month ago by George H. Thom III
Good read on 1985 Bears. Surprised some key players like Tom Thayer were not consulted. Good history of Bears.Published 1 month ago by John Greene
You can tell Cohen's genuinely a fan, but I don't care about his personal experience (distracting). That said, it's a really good read for those who want to learn a little more... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Naveed
I'm not a huge football fan, but I am from Chicago and clearly remember the excitement around this team. Read morePublished 1 month ago by abbydog