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Super Bowl Monday: From the Persian Gulf to the Shores of West FloridaThe New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills, and Super Bowl XXV Hardcover – August 16, 2011

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Adam Lazarus has captured in vivid detail Super Bowl XXV, played in the shadow of the first Iraq War, which made for an uneasy and anxious mood at that time in America. Super Bowl Monday is also a book for the true football fan. It really is well done. (Frank Gifford)

This is a wonderful account of a great game and also a look at sport as a diversion from the harsh realities of the real world. An excellent mix of sports reporting and social history. (Booklist)

The most interesting and accomplished examination of Super Bowl XXV I have ever read. (Steve Sabol, President, NFL Films)

Excellent retelling of the most memorable-and heartbreaking-season in Bills history. Unfortunately for Bills fans, the ending is still the same. (Vic Carucci Nfl.Com)

This Super Bowl was one of the best football games I've ever seen-one of the most strategic and surprising. Lazarus gives readers a great view from both sides, and it's well worth the trip back in NFL history. (Peter King, The MMQB editor-in-chief; NBC NFL analyst Sports Illustrated)

Scott Norwood's field-goal kick went wide, but Adam Lazarus' detailed recount of Super Bowl XXV sails right between the uprights. (John Clayton ESPN the Magazine)

All the ingredients are here for a fascinating book: legendary coaches (Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Marv Levy), outrageous characters (Lawrence Taylor), and one of the best football games ever played, all set against the backdrop of a nation that had just gone to war. Adam Lazarus clearly has tremendous passion for this project and has already plunged into the research to bring it to life. This should be a terrific book. (Michael Rosenberg, Detroit Free-Press, and author of War, As They Knew It)

Lazarus' approach to the book, the details, the human angles is a winner. I remember covering the game in Buffalo for the AFC title, and I also remember sitting in my Buffalo hotel room and watching the invasion of Iraq on TV. The writers got together and chartered a plane directly from Buffalo to Tampa because there was no two-week break. It was all so surreal, and then they played the game and it became a classic. (Ed Bouchette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

That 1990 Giants team epitomized all the virtues of a what a championship team should represent. It was a special group. Lazarus captures so accurately and so well the emotion and the intensity of that moment. We had shown people we could do it with O. J. [Anderson] and [Jeff] Hostetler and an old defensive back coming from another team. And the way he writes about Matt Bahr, too; all those characters that contributed in an unlikely fashion. The way they all contributed to the team was just beautiful and what the NFL is all about. No one person was bigger than the team. (Everson Walls, New York Giants Cornerback in Super Bowl XXV)

If I reminisce, I could recount every defensive play and its impact on the final outcome, and from the moment the fighter jets flew over the stadium, until the final kick, all of my emotions and energy were focused on being a Super Bowl champion. My memories of Super Bowl XXV are poignant and vivid, and Adam Lazarus captures the passion of a moment considered one of the greatest games of all time. Readers will be transported back in time and enjoy every minute of it. (Mark Kelso, Buffalo Bills safety in Super Bowl XXV)

Lazarus not only does a tremendous job of bringing the reader back to 1991, when the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants faced off in Super Bowl XXV, but he also sheds light on numerous players' back stories that set the stage for one of the most exciting Super Bowls in NFL history. (Jason Aikens, head curator, Pro Football Hall of Fame)

Two of my favorite things in life are American history and the Buffalo Bills. With exhaustive research, Lazarus captures the patriotic fervor engulfing the nation in January of 1991 and masterfully documents a Bills season where they came the closest to winning a Super Bowl in franchise history. Worth a read. (Luke Russert, MSNBC)

Great reporting of an unforgettable edition of America's sporting classic. And proof that the show must go on not just in spite of global threats, but as a Super Bowl of reasons to overcome them. (Arthur Kent, Skyreporter.com)

Super Bowl Monday goes by quickly, and doesn't suffer from the problem of having most readers know the outcome. Readers will learn why the game developed the way it did, and enjoy the story all over again.

Fantastic, accessible new book....Even football neophytes will find Lazarus's snapshot of America insightful and rewarding. (Publishers Weekly)

Super Bowl Monday is a choice pick for football fans, highly recommended for sports libraries and as a giftbook for the sports lover in one's life. (Midwest Book Review)

...[A] narrative worthy of that classic Bills-Giants game. (Mike Vaccaro New York Post)

...worth reading... .a very dramatic game to chronicle. (Giants Football Blog)

A book about Super Bowl XXV would have to be pretty close to flawless to draw the adulation of a Buffalo Bills fan...Lazarus has achieved such perfection. (Tonawanda News)

...[A] good read for football fans, especially those that root for the game’s two combatants. If you’re old enough to remember the game, it will bring you back to another time and if you’re too young, this is your chance to read up on one of the best ever. Now if you’re a Bills fan, sleepless nights surely await you. (Buffalo Sports Daily)

About the Author

Adam Lazarus is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and is the co-author of Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and the Miracle at Oakmont. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Sarah, and their boxer, Hannah.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589796004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589796003
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Lazarus is a sports author and member of the Professional Football Writers of America.

His work has appeared in ESPN the Magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Bleacher Report. Currently, he writes for USA Today.

Adam's fourth book, about Joe Gibbs and the dynastic Washington Redskins of the 1980s and 1990s, comes out in September 2015. Hail to the Redskins features more than 90 interviews and over two dozen photographs.

His third book, Best of Rivals, is about the famous quarterback controversy between Joe Montana and Steve Young. Super Bowl Monday, his second book, centers on Super Bowl XXV, one of the greatest games in NFL history, and its intersection with Operation Desert Storm. Chasing Greatness--his first book, about the unforgettable 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont--was mentioned in Sports Illustrated.

He received a bachelor's degree in English from Kenyon College in 2004 and a master's degree in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006, specializing in sports journalism.

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By Defendo on September 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a great re-telling and in-depth analysis of two great teams, the Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants. It analyzes the Super Bowl in such a way that you feel like you re-living it. More importantly, Lazarus provides a wonderfully-detailed backstory of a number of the players. The most amazing part of the book is that you can see how a number of the players and coaches have careers (and lives) that intersect and cross paths. It was fun to learn the background and history of the players: Hostetler, Jim Kelly, Bill Parcells, Marv Levy, Bruce Smith, Bill Belichek, OJ Anderson, and countless others.
The parallels of the football to the events that faced the world (the Persian Gulf war) really helps set the tone for the Super Bowl game itself and for the players' actions. January of 1991 was a very interesting time in our country's history, and this book really takes you back there.
If you are a football fan (especially of the Giants or Bills), you will enjoy this book. Myself, being a huge football fan, I felt this book was smoother and more relatable than Lazarus' first book about golf (Chasing Greatness).
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I remember betting one of my friends five dollars the Giants would win. I was in high school and the bet was more about bragging rights than about the money. Little did I know how much of an impact that game would have on the country and on the people of Western NY.

I had just moved to Rochester, NY (60 miles east of Buffalo) and the Bills were a big deal. I had always been a Giants fan, but as I get older I have a big soft spot for the Bills. The mood of the region moves with how the Bills do over the weekend (the next closest would be Syracuse Basketball).

From the game, what I had forgotten was how good and important the National Anthem was at the time. The author did a great job explaining what that meant and getting the insight of the players. Sometimes easy to forget we were at war and a common theme was "should we play this game"? Reminded me so much of 9/11 (though on a different magnitude for many different reasons).

I foudn so much insight during the season, the build up to the game, and finally during the game, and after the kick. The book helped sum up an important part of my life as the other three Super Bowl's with the Bills went into my Junior and Senior years of High School, then my freshman year at college. I went to college in Western NY and really learned how important the Bills were to Buffalo and WNY. You felt pride when they won, even if they weren't your team.

Finally, Buffalo is one of the last teams to have a college feel to the games where anyone can get tickets and corporate events take a backseat. Just walk around the parking lots before a home game and you will understand what I mean (I am not the first one to write or mention this).
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Super bowl Monday is a close chronicle of Super bowl XXV. The title is a reference to the replay of the game on the following day for the US troops stationed in the Persian Gulf for the start of Operation Desert Storm. The game was a matchup of the NFC New York Giants with the AFC Buffalo Bills.

The game itself was a very tight contest being the only Super Bowl to date that was decided by only one point; however, the real value of the work is in the extensive backstory provided by Mr. Lazarus. He traces the background of the teams, the major players and the Super Bowl system itself to show the scope of the game and the events following the game.

The author provides a wealth of information. This is the single thing I can find to a quibble about the book. It is not a quick read. You are going to have to invest some time in this volume. I usually can get through a book in a day or two. It took me a full week to get around this one. However, the time was well rewarded. A huge amount of information is provided within the work. If you are a football fan you "need" this book. I have followed the game much of my life and still found much here that was new and interesting.
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As a long time Giants fan, I was really impressed with this book. It was well-written, well-researched (the author spoke to many of the participants including Parcells and Belichick), and very entertaining. I have read many books about the history of the team, and this is one of the best (alongside the GM and the Greatest Game Ever Played).

In particular, I enjoyed the author's mini biographies of Kelly and Hoss. I also thought he did a great job in analyzing the game. I have watched the game countless times, and felt that on some plays he saw things that I had missed. I won't ruin it, but the author provides a lot of interesting tidbits, including the different reactions from the cities after the game was over, which I found particularly well-told (I had not remembered this part).

Overall, if you are a Giants fan or just a football fan in general, I think you will find that this is one of the better football books out there, and I highly recommend it.
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I am a 18 year old Giants fan who did not know much about the history of the team prior to this book. It is a great read for people who want to learn more about the Giants of the past. It takes you through the seasons leading up to that Super Bowl and how the key players got there. If you are a fan of the Bills too this is a great book. Does not touch on the Gulf War as much as advertised but still a great read.
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