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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: 5.8 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I know they all glorify themselves but this seems fairly even sided. A good read for football. Could have been a little more telling but Jimmy did bash some of the guys we fans would not like either. Worth it to see how coaches are so over rated.
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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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If you're a Cowboy, Hurricane or Johnson fan, this book is for you. You'll probably find his stories and self-adoration amusing and inspiring. I'm a college coach and always try to find another perspective through which I can learn or grow. Johnson's book didn't do that for me, so I see this as more of a hero-worship read than anything about leadership.
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