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The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America

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From Dandy Don Meredith and Roger Staubach to the three mid-nineties Super Bowls won by the unbeatable trio of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith to TO, Tony Romo, and the glitzy soap opera team of today, the Dallas Cowboys have been the NFL's star franchise for more than 50 years. Love them or hate them, the Cowboys are widely celebrated as "America's Team." Bu
Published October 9th 2012 by Little, Brown and Company
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I won this from a goodreads giveaway from firstreads a while back. It did take me some time to finish it as the book is very large:) I loved it The author did an excellent job at doing research for the book and transcribing it into an easy-to-follow format so it is easy to read for anyone. That was the best part of the book for me I love football and now I know so much about the cowboys its uncanny lol. I really thought the thought and work put into this book and the extreme detail earns it a 5 ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Marcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book even though I am not a Dalls Cowboy fan, but I do love pro-football. This book is more than just a history of the wins & losses of the franchise. It deals primarily with the people who were the players, coaches, and owners of the Cowboys. Patoski describes the personalities of all of them. The author really has done his research and knows these people and their influence on the Cowboy teams. He also tells what happened to many of the players after their playing days were ...more
Jul 01, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently Jerry Jones cares more making money than winning games. Oh wait, I already knew that. Overall an interesting book, but if I wasn't a Cowboys fan, it probably would have been a little less interesting.
Aug 18, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, I was so thrilled to win this because I grew up with a Cowboys fan and saw the total devotion this team inspires. It was such a joy to get to know the team in such a personal way. This was well researched and written in a way that easy and enjoyable to read. There is so much to be taken in here I can see reading this another time or two just to take in all of the great information. It really is a fascinating team filled with a great rich history. After reading this I feel like not only can ...more
Sep 13, 2012 Donald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thorough history of America's Team! I LOVE the Cowboys and was so happy to be reading this as the new season started and we whooped up on the Giants! This book starts from the way back, tracing the roots of football in Texas and brings us through it all, right up to the opening of the "Jerry Dome"! I became a fan in 1976, so that era and the stories related herein were my favorites, but I really enjoyed the whole thing! And the book is a big 'un, just like everything in Texas! But if you love ...more
I enjoyed this big book on the Cowboys because it went back to the early days of Dandy Don, Roger Staubach, and one of the greatest coaches of all times Tom Landry. Back when they WERE America's team. Don't think they are considered America's team today. Back then they were looked up to and Landy ran a tight ship. I always sat down on a Sunday afternoon and never missed a game the Cowboys were playing. Now I miss a lot of Cowboys games and watch some other team. All in all I still liked the book ...more
Aug 16, 2015 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for Cowboy fans.
Katie Bellows
Aug 03, 2012 Katie Bellows rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through the goodreads contest and let me say it was great! Having grown up with two of the biggest sports fans I know, my parents instilled in me from a very young age how important sports are. This book was so informative and while I'm not a cowboys fan, I truly did enjoy it. I was able to learn so much and look forward to discussing this book with my parents.
Aug 17, 2012 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good Reads Win: I won this book and was so happy to learn of more of the history of the cowboys. As I grew up with them being the family team. It doesn't just deal with the win and losses but it also deals with the players and people. I would recommend this to any fan of profootball, also to anyone looking to do a report. It is a great and well written book.
I really enjoyed the History of the Team itself but I wasn't as interested in Dallas. The book seemed to be a history of the Town as much as the team.

You really could cut out 1/3 of the book (parts on the city of Dallas) and it would be much more readable.

I received this book through a give a way from Good Reads.
Aug 29, 2012 Melinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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First I couldn't believe how big this book was, 700+ pages. My husband is the sports fan in the house but this was an interesting read. I think it would make the perfect gift for a loved one or friend who cheers on the Cowboys. Maybe for birthdays or Father's Day.
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Johanna Bouchard
I loved this book, and I was especially amazed at the size- over 800 pages long- filled with tons and tons of stories and facts, which makes it perfect for collectors and Cowboys fans alike. If you love the Cowboys, or are just a fan of football, this GIGANTIC book is for you!
Cliff Riseborough
Feb 18, 2015 Cliff Riseborough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a team that I'm a particular fan of, but I'm a big enough football nut to always want to read more. Not a lot of new information about recent Dallas teams, but a lot of new (to me) stories about the early years. Definitely worth a read if you're a fan of the sport.
Jun 09, 2015 Royce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More of an extremely detailed book on post WWII DALLAS and the culture of an inland Texas city. Sports fact and history abound! I recommend reading "Dallas 1963" first or in conjunction.
Nov 07, 2012 Leylan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative and full of little trivia facts that help a non football genius like myself. Would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the Dallas Cowboys.
Aug 08, 2012 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband is a Cowboys fan and when this book arrived in the mail, I didn't think I would see him for a week. He really enjoyed reading all about his Cowboys.
Farah Eason
Nov 10, 2015 Farah Eason rated it it was amazing
The Cowboys are my team. And I enjoy reading all the stories behind the scenes. If you are a Cowboys fan, this book is for you.
Dec 22, 2012 Kristie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I have a co worker that is reading and he said that it is a really good book. He is not much of a reader and he is enjoying it.
Steve Peifer
Wasn't great, but made it clear that firing Jimmy Johnson was still the dumbest event of all time
Jay R.
Mar 21, 2015 Jay R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very detailed. You choose the right team! Go Dallas Cowboys!!!
Aug 15, 2012 Ariale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect book for the Dallas Cowboys fan!
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