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The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America Hardcover – October 9, 2012

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Named one of Kirkus Reviews' 10 Best Football Books

"The Dallas Cowboys stands as the definitive biography of a city and a football team." -- Allen Barra, The Dallas Morning News

"It's hard to match the thoroughness of the account presented by Mr. Patoski.... The Dallas Cowboys adroitly traces the ascendancy of the team while shedding light on its unique position today as an athletic, commercial and cultural powerhouse." -- The Wall Street Journal

"Patoski's a natural storyteller.... This book couldn't have been written by anyone else." -- The Austin American-Statesman

"If you like football, and particularly the Cowboys, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better storyteller than Patoski." -- The San Angelo Standard Times

About the Author

Joe Nick Patoski is the author of the award-winning Willie Nelson: An Epic Life as well as biographies of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Selena. He has written for No Depression, Texas Monthly, Rolling Stone, Country Music, TV Guide, and the Austin American-Statesman. He lives in the Texas Hill Country.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316077550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316077552
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeffery W. Turner on December 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
While I have lived in North Texas my whole life and played high school football I am hardly a sports fan and could care less if the Cowboyts win or lose. However, the Cowboys are part of life here and are truly larger than life. Having seen their games all of my life and being a history buff I bought the book for something different at a bookstore at DFW airport one Sunday on my way to Michigan on a business trip.

I started reading and I was instantly enthralled by it. It is well written, full of detail, but more importantly tells the story of the team and its effects on the local culture. It is not heavy on on footballl stats so if you want that this is not for you but yes the major games and win/loss records are in there since they are part of the story. Just as the many personalities from Tom Landry, Tex Schram, to Jerry Jones are. And yes many of the famous players are there to paint the rest of this fascinating sports history canvass.

So I would highly recommend this book, even to non-sports fans and yes even to haters of The 'Boys too.
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It was definitely an extremely detailed and in depth book. But not necessarily about just the Dallas Cowboys. The first half, if not two thirds, of the book focused on; the business dealings of Clint Murchison and associates, the growth of the city of Dallas economically, politically and socially, and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders - with a tidbit here and there thrown in about the players, coaches and coverage of the seasons/games just to keep it mildly interesting. I learned more about the business climate in Dallas, the mayors and city council, governors of Texas, the night life and its night clubs, country clubs, debutantes, strippers and the formation of the DCC than I ever cared to know.

Because of this the first half or so of the book was a very dull, dry and boring read that I had to force myself to turn pages. This led me to needing to put the book down after a dozen or so pages and not wanting to pick the book up for weeks....sometimes months. Once the book got into the meat of the subject and started covering the players, coaches, games, seasons, post-seasons more in-depth, I was able to finish the book in a matter of a few hours.

If you can plod through the first half you will be rewarded with details about the Dallas Cowboys that even a rabid fan like myself would never have been privy to otherwise.
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If you are a football fan, a Cowboy's fan, or simply have Texas in your heart, this book, THE DALLAS COWBOYS is for you. Sneak into the clubhouse and enter the world of good ol' boy Don Meredith, speedster Bob "Bullet" Hayes, top-heavy Cowboy cheerleaders, seething Bob Lilly, the Clint Murchison ticker tape parades down the streets of Dallas, Tony Romo and his bracelet of beauties and into the calculating mind of Arkansas ousider Jerry Jones. It's all here. And as you read, you come to realize that professional football is more than a game, it is an attitude, a religion to some, a way of life to others, it's the embodiment of the American spirit, and the Cowboys are after all, America's team.
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I have been a Cowboys fan since I was a little boy. That said, I knew very little about the history of the franchise. I "purchased" the free 50 page sample of this book and found it to be an interesting read. The actual book lives up to the sample however, there is considerable bias and stereotyping of Southerners and Texans specifically. I am a patriotic Canadian and like to poke fun at Americans in general, but some of the author's comments go beyond even my limit. When it comes to the actual football history, the author spares no words in describing the situation. Despite the length of the book, it is an easy read and most Cowboy fans will find it an enjoyable journey.
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Format: Hardcover
This exhaustive and yes sometimes exhausting book is one of, if not the best sports books I have ever read. Now in the interest of full disclosure I have been a Cowboy fan for the past 45 years and a DFW metroplex resident for most of those years. As a college student at the University of Dallas I watched Texas Stadiuum being built and my wife and I [ still students at the time ] worked the very first event held there. This book, it's few factual errors being noted, is a must for the true fan. Mr. Patoski tells an honest story of the Cowboys, larger than life owners, players, politicians, celebrities, media and of Dallas-Fort Worth history of the times and he brought me both smiles and grimaces. Love em or hate em, including the current owner, the Cowboys remain America's Team.
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The free short preview was just dandy. I don't think I could wade through the entire long book,
but I certainly enjoyed the short preview version and learned many things that I had long forgotten
about the early days of professional football.
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Format: Paperback
i greatly enjoyed reading this book about my favorite football team. i am only 42 years old, and my frame of reference for watching the cowboys live begins in 1980, so i really enjoyed the beginning of this book especially. it's like a james michner novel, the epic story of some folks with a dream, little moral compass, and lots of money. i love the cowboys, and this informative, interesting history only drums that passion, while peeling the curtain back on both unsavory and surprisingly progressive aspects of the dallas cowboys, going back to the fifties, when they were a twinkle in clint murchison's eye. we meet clint murchison, get a sense of the state of texas, appreciate the dallas texans--both incarnations--and learn about the wheeling and dealing that guys like tex schramm and lamar hunt were up to. i really loved reading about the unfolding drama of the cowboys against the cultural backdrop of dallas, texas, a place that i lived and love. patoski clearly has an excellent sense of texas history, and he frames the cowboys neatly within the growth of dallas. reading this book reminded me of stories my dad tells me of his experiences going to the cotton bowl back in the sixties. and it is with great anticipation we read about the cowboys ascent, itching to get to the good parts. but it is the exposition of landry's early struggles, the bum bright years, the beginning of the jerry/jimmy era, and to the present, that really solidifies this book as a historical narrative.

honestly, i wish patoski had written this book in three volumes, so expansive is the subject matter. there is so much of an emphasis on the sixties and seventies, the eighties feel very rushed, not to mention post superbowl xxx.
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