Reading and Thinking Football

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Book Reviews

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Here are all of the books on football I’ve reviewed on here (plus a few others not specifically about football). Many of these reviews were imported to this blog; they should display properly. Some links within each review to other posts of mine may be to the old blogspot site. Fixing that is on my “to do, sooner or later, maybe, eventually” list, but is not even a low priority.

The $29 Million Tip by Sean Gilbert (mini-review)
73-0! Bears over Redskins
by Lew Freedman (mini-review)
About Three Bricks Shy of a Load … and the Load Filled Up
by Roy Blount (mini-review)
After Further Review by Mike Pereira (mini-review). I gave a better review of this book at Football Outsiders.
Against Football by Steve Almond (mini-review)
All Madden
 by John Madden
America’s Game by Michael MacCambridge
America’s Quarterback by Keith Dunnavant
American Football by Walter Camp
The Art of Smart Football by Chris B. Brown (mini-review)
Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies by Chris Kluwe (mini-review)
Best of Rivals by Adam Lazarus
Big Play by Allen Barra
The Big Scrum by John J. Miller
Bigger Than the Game by Michael Weinreb
The Billion Dollar Game by Allen St. John
Birth of the New NFL by Larry Felser
The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
Blindsided by K.C. Joyner
Blood, Sweat and Chalk by Tim Layden
Blown Coverage by Jason Elam
Bowled Over by Michael Oriard
Bowls Polls & Tattered Souls by Stewart Mandel. I gave a better review of this book at Football Outsiders.
Boys Will Be Boys by Jeff Pearlman
Brand NFL by Michael Oriard
Brady vs. Manning by Gary Myers (mini-review)
Bringing the Heat by Mark Bowden
Cane Mutiny by Bruce Feldman
Coaching Confidential by Gary Myers
College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy by John Sayle Watterson
Collision Low Crossers by Nicholas Dawidoff (mini-review)
Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas (mini-review)
Da Bears! by Steve Delsohn
Death to the BCS by Dan Wetzel et al.
Distant Replay by Jerry Kramer
Dixieland Delight by Clay Travis
Dominance by Eddie Epstein
The Draft (fiction) by Wil Mara
The Draft (nonfiction) by Pete Williams
The Education of a Coach by David Halberstam. I subsequently revisited the book here.
The End of Autumn by Michael Oriard
Endzone by John U. Bacon (mini-review)
The Essential Smart Football by Chris B. Brown
Every Play Revealed 2 [SB XLIX, SEA-NE] by Alex Kirby (mini-review)
Everybody’s All-American by Frank Deford
The Fifty-Year Seduction by Keith Dunnavant
Football: The Ivy League Origins of an American Obsession by Mark F. Bernstein
Football and How to Watch It by Percy D. Haughton
Football Outsiders Almanac 2009 by Aaron Schatz et al.
Football Outsiders Almanac 2010 by Aaron Schatz et al. (including yours truly)
Football Outsiders Almanac 2011 by Aaron Schatz et al. (including yours truly)
Football Outsiders Almanac 2012 by Aaron Schatz et al. (including yours truly)
Football Outsiders Almanac 2013 by Aaron Schatz et al. (including yours truly)
Football Outsiders Almanac 2014 by Aaron Schatz et al. (including yours truly) (mini-review)
Football Outsiders Almanac 2015 by Aaron Schatz et al. (including yours truly (mini-review)
Football Outsiders Almanac 2016 by Aaron Schatz et al. (including yours truly) (mini-review)
Football Revolution by Bart Wright (mini-review)
Football Scouting Methods by Steve Belichick
Forward Pass by Philip Brooks
Fourth and Long by John U. Bacon (mini-review)
Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger
Game Plan by Frank DuPont
The Game Plan by Bill Polian (mini-review)
Game Time by Ted Kluck
The Games That Changed the Game by Ron Jaworski et al.
The Genius by David Harris
The GM by Tom Callahan (mini-review)
God & Football by Chad Gibbs
Going Deep by Cris Carter (mini-review)
Going Long by Jeff Miller
Hail to the Redskins by Adam Lazarus
Hey, Wait a Minute by John Madden
Houston Oilers: The Early Years by Kevin Carroll
How Football Explains America by Sal Paolantonio
How the SEC Became Goliath by Ray Glier (mini-review)
Illegal Procedure by Josh Luchs
Instant Replay by Jerry Kramer
It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium by John Ed Bradley
Johnny U by Tom Callahan (mini-review)
King of Sports by Gregg Easterbrook (mini-review)
Lamar Hunt by Michael MacCambridge (mini-review)
The Last Headbangers by Kevin Cook
The League by David Harris
League of Denial by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru (mini-review)
The Little League That Could by Ken Rappoport
Lombardi and Landry by Ernie Palladino
Loser Takes All by Ed Fowler
The Maisel Report by Ivan Maisel
The Man Who Built the National Football League by Chris Willis (mini-review)
Martyball! by Marty Schottenheimer
Meat Market by Bruce Feldman
Meat on the Hoof by Gary Shaw
The Missing Ring by Keith Dunnavant
Monday Morning Quarterback by Peter King
Monday Night Jihad by Jason Elam
Monsters by Rich Cohen (mini-review)
Montana by Keith Dunnavant (mini-review)
National Forgotten League by Dan Daly
Never Give Up on Your Dream by Warren Moon
New Thinking Man’s Guide to Pro Football by Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman
Newton’s Football by Allen St. John and Anissa Ramirez (mini-review)
Next Man Up by John Feinstein
NFL Confidential by “Johnny Anonymous” (mini-review)
NFL Record and Fact Book 2009
NFL Record and Fact Book 2010
NFL Record and Fact Book 2011
NFL Record and Fact Book 2012
North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent
Oiler Blues by John Pirkle
On the Clock by Barry Wilner and Ken Rappoport (mini-review)
One Knee Equals Two Feet by John Madden
One Size Doesn’t Fit All by John Madden
The Ones Who Hit the Hardest by Chad Millman
The Opening Kickoff by Dave Revsine (mini-review)
The Paolantonio Report by Sal Paolantonio
Paper Lion by George Plimpton
Parcells: A Football Life by Dunyo Demasio (and Bill Parcells) (mini-review)
Paterno by Joe Posnanski
Patriot Reign by Michael Holley
Paul Brown: The Man Who Invented Modern Football by George Cantor
Paul Brown: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Football’s Most Innovative Coach by Andrew O’Toole
Perfect Rivals by Jeff Carroll
Pigskin by Robert W. Peterson
Playbooks and Checkbooks by Stefan Szymanski [general sports book, not specifically a football book]
Pro Football Chronicle by Dan Daly and Bob O’Donnell
The Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book by Joe Horrigan and John Thorn, eds.
The Pro Football Historical Abstract by Sean Lahman
Pro Football Prospectus 2005 by Aaron Schatz et al.
Pro Football Prospectus 2008 by Aaron Schatz et al.
The QB by Bruce Feldman (mini-review)
Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer by Warren St. John
The Real All-Americans by Sally Jenkins
The Rest of the Iceberg by Robert Smith (mini-review)
Rough Magic by Lloyd Cohn
Rozelle by Jeff Davis
Run It! And Let’s Get the Hell Out of Here by Jonathan Rand
Run to Glory and Profits by David George Surdum (mini-review)
Saban by Monte Burke (mini-review)
Saturday Rules by Austin Murphy
Saturday’s America by Dan Jenkins
Season of Saturdays by Michael Weinreb (mini-review)
Showdown by Thomas G. Smith
Sid Gillman by Josh Katzowitz
Slow Getting Up by Nate Jackson (mini-review)
So You Think You Know Football? by Ben Austro (mini-review)
Speed Kills by Alex Kirby (mini-review)
Sports Analytics by Ben Alamar (mini-review)
The Sports Gene by David Epstein (mini-review) [general sports book, not specifically a football book]
Spurrier by Ram Henry (mini-review)
Stagg’s University by Robin Lester
Study Hall: College Football, Its Stats and Its Stories by Bill Connelly
Sunday Morning Quarterback by Phil Simms
Swing Your Sword by Mike Leach
The System by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian (mini-review)
Tailgating Sacks & Salary Caps by Mark Yost
Take Your Eye Off the Ball by Pat Kirwan
Taking Flak by Dan Pastorini
Tales from the Titans Sideline by Jim Wyatt
Tarnished Heisman by Don Yaeger
A Team for America by Randy Roberts
Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle by Bill Curry
Ten-Gallon War by John Eisenberg
That First Season by John Eisenberg
Three and Out by John U. Bacon
Total Access by Rich Eisen
The Ultimate Super Bowl Book by Bob McGinn
The War on Football by Daniel Flynn (mini-review)
War Room by Michael Holley
When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss
Who’s #1 by Christopher J. Walsh
Why Football Matters by Mark Edmundson (mini-review)
Year of Pain by Kenny Hand
You Negotiate Like a Girl by Amy Trask (mini-review)

Written by Tom Gower

April 20, 2012 at 23:25

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  1. […] to Ron Borges’s essay on the 2000′s. When you’ve read as much about football as I have, the chance anybody at all says something new or interesting in a relatively brief essay like the […]


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