Bill Belichick's 31 years in the NFL have been marked by amazing success--first with the Giants, then with Cleveland, and most recently, his three out of the last four Super Bowl wins with the New England Patriots. In this groundbreaking new book, Halberstam explores the nuances of both the game and the man with the highest post-season winning ...
Bill Belichick's 31 years in the NFL have been marked by amazing success--first with the Giants, then with Cleveland, and most recently, his three out of the last four Super Bowl wins with the New England Patriots. In this groundbreaking new book, Halberstam explores the nuances of both the game and the man with the highest post-season winning percentage in NFL history.
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History will show that Bill Belichick is one of the greatest head coaches to ever walk the sidelines. Halberstam exposes how this man proved that brains can sometimes be more important than brawn in a sport known for being very physical. This book also teaches the lesson that early failures are not necessarily indicative of continued poor performance. In addition to providing an interesting history of evolution of coaching in the NFL, it provides a few good life lessons as well.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-03-06 With the snappy delivery of a play-by-play commentator, Conger ably performs Halberstam's reverent biography of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Chronicling Belichick's tutelage at the hands of his sharp college coach father, Halberstam moves through Belichick's trail of internships and promotions, augmenting his narrative with engaging anecdotes and succinct illustrations of the tactical genius that propelled him through the ranks of the NFL. Conger doesn't have to stretch much in terms of characterization; he's simply a good choice for the project, with a smart, clean delivery that goes just as well with a description of a tender exchange between Belichick and his father as it does with a detailed breakdown of the Patriots' unorthodox defensive strategy in the Super Bowl. The production's one shortcoming is the strange choice of musical snippets for the beginnings and endings of different sections. None of the widely varied music fits in very well with the reading and proves to be much more of a puzzling distraction than an effective accompaniment. Still, it's not enough to overshadow an engrossing portrait of one of the NFL's best coaches, or a reading that hits just the right note. Simultaneous release with the Hyperion hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 10). (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-02-06 Brown's fifth outing shows no sign of wearing out her welcome as the Southern fried guru of belles past 40 but never past their prime. Browne justifies her one-stop shopping approach to relationships (which combines advice on planning nuptials as well as tearing them asunder) by quipping, "Statistically, 100% of all divorces do start with weddings." Browne's audiobooks are laugh-out-loud, steer-your-car-off-the-road listening experiences. But the reason there are nearly 4,800 worldwide chapters of Sweet Potato Queens is because she uses her wild and irreverent humor to empower and embolden her readers. Bemoaning that too many young women are going to college in search of a husband, Browne cautions, "If you're gonna go to college for Pre-Wed, I insist that you also take a full course in Pre-Death/Pre-Divorce and get yourself an education that will prepare you for the `unthinkable situation'-taking care of yourself and possibly a bunch of children by yourself for a large part of your life." This benevolent Boss Queen has the rare ability to sprout phrases like "busier than a one-armed monkey with six dicks" and still sound refined. Her wonderful, deadpan delivery enhances the humor and her warmth radiates on every track. Simultaneous release with the Crown hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 28). (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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