The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America (Hardcover)
Love them or hate them, there's no such thing as a football fan who doesn't have an opinion on the Dallas Cowboys. From Dandy Don Meredith, Roger Staubach and America's Team to the dynasty of the mid-nineties that won three Super Bowls and the glitzy soap opera team of today, the Cowboys have been delighting their fans and infuriating their rivals since 1960.
What sets the Cowboys apart from all other NFL franchises is that they have never been just about football. With their overbearing, ego-driven owner, players who can't stay out of the tabloids, a palatial new home field that sets the standard for modern stadiums, fans as enthusiastic as cheerleaders, and cheerleaders who are nearly as famous as the team itself, the Cowboys have become a staple of Americana. There is enough star power in the history of the team to drive an entire narrative, but THE DALLAS COWBOYS will be more than that.
Cowboys' stories abound, involving everything from the team's founder to its coaches, from running backs to quarterbacks. Joe Nick Patoski will plumb all these anecdotes, going to the locker rooms as well as to the boardrooms and the backrooms, and writing a book that will be not just an account of the team, but a very rich portrait of a time, a place, and a culture.
About the Author
Joe Nick Patoski has been writing about music and Austin for more than forty years. He has authored books on Stevie Ray Vaughan, Selena, Willie Nelson, and the Dallas Cowboys; is directing a film on Doug Sahm; and hosts the weekly Texas Music Hour of Power radio show.
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