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Turning the Thing Around: My Life in Football Paperback – October 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786880775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786880775
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roberto H on September 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read this book when I was 12 years old and the Cowboys had won their first of 3 Super Bowls in the 90's. I loved it but, then again, I would have loved a bottle of poison if it had a Cowboys star on it.

I picked it up again about a year ago when I was thinking about what made that team (and champion teams in general) tick. The psychological edge those teams enjoyed is probably what made the difference, to which Jimmy Johnson deserves the ultimate credit.

His approach to the mental side of football is evident in this book. For example, instead of telling a kicker "don't miss" before a good field goal, Jimmy will always say "make this." The difference is the seed, either positive or negative, that is planted in that kicker's mind.

But the book goes beyond coaching philosophy to chronicle the interesting, if not a little whacky, life of an extremely sucessful football coach.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Aros on May 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you are a Jimmy Johnson fan or a fan of good football autobiographies, then check this book out. It starts with Jimmy living in Port Arthur and takes you all the way through to his days with the Cowboys. The best part of the book in my opinion was the behind the scenes of the different colleges he coached at.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By badger on December 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Straight forward, no nonsense book about everything from Johnson's college coaching days to the Cowboy's first super bowl under his staff. He spends several pages scattered through the book almost whining about certain calls of the official in certain games, but what coach doesn't (even I'm guilty). However, I read the book in one day because I just couldn't put it down. He does give insight into how he became (in my mind) the master motivator of NFL football. Recommened to any football coach or player who loves the game and loves learning pychological aspects of the game.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 1997
Format: Paperback
THIS BOOK TAKES YOU FROM JIMMY'S CHILDHOOD IN PT. ARTHUR, TEXAS TO THE 1993 DRAFT. HE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT HIS ALL-AMERICAN CAREER AT ARKANSAS, TO HIS NUMEROUS COACHING JOBS AT COLLEGE'S ACROSS THE U.S.(INCLUDING SOME LATE-NIGHT PARTYING WITH GOOD OLD BARRY SWITZER) THE GREAT RIVALRIES WHILE HE WAS AT MIAMI, THE INFAMOUS "MIA'S NIGHT" WITH JERRY JONES AT A DALLAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT, AND THE TOTAL CONFIDENCE HE FELT GOING INTO SUPERBOWL XXVII THAT HIS TEAM WOULD WIN, AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. AFTER READING THIS BOOK YOU WILL REALIZE HOW DALLLAS ONCE AGAIN BECAME "AMERICA'S TEAM", AND HOW THEY'VE BECOME AVERAGE, AND TROUBLEFILLED WITHOUT HIM.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Jimmy Johnson's life is a great story, this book tells that story with great detail from Johnson's boyhood in Port Arthur, Texas all the way through his days of restoring glory in Dallas. This book is not just for Cowboy fans, it's for anyone who loves a good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas J. Vertucci on March 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
I first read this book back in the fall of 1994, ironically Dallas' first season with Barry Switzer as head coach, as the Cowboys tried to do the impossible, winning a third straight Super Bowl. Also Dallas' first season after the shocking Jimmy Johnson/Jerry Jones split. It almost seemed as if Jimmy Johnson became larger than life during the 1994 season as a commentator for both Fox NFL Sunday, and then HBO's Inside The NFL. It seemed as if Jimmy's were everywhere, and his genius and presence was unavoidable.

I decided to then purchase this book and read exactly how Jimmy was able to accomplish what had a few years earlier, seemed unacheivable, in taking Dallas from the absolute rock-bottom of the NFL basement, to the penthouse suite of two, back-to-back Super Bowl wins. It turned out, that I would learn a whole lot more. Jimmy takes you back to his roots of growing up in Port Arther, Texas. It was even a surprise to learn, that he knew the late Janis Joplin in high school. More importantly, we learn of his roots in football, starting with his playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks. His relationship with Jerry Jones, and even how he got his first coaching job, by pure accidental luck. Jimmy had been asked by a friend to explain for several others, the 4-3-stack defense. Jimmy hit the chalkboard and away he went. He was then offered his first assistant coaching job right there on the spot.

More interestingly enough, we learn of the long relationships that he had maintained with both Jerry Jones, and Barry Switzer as well. For most people in 1994, you would've probably thought that the two were enemies. Not the case at all (granted they were coaching rivals in the colligate level for many years) but they have known each other since the mid-sixties as well.
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