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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin; Reprint edition (2 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312384858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312384852
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A Bridger on 6 Feb 2010
Format: Paperback
The author, Christopher Price, uses great story telling to give the reader a greater insight into the dynasty that was the early 21st century New England Patriots. Instead of doing what has been done so many times before - telling the stories of the athlete's involved - Price shines a unique light onto the situation. He tells the story of the backroom, the owners and how one of the greatest modern sports teams in history was constructed in an era of salary caps, free agency and a system that tries to promote equality. The author allows us to see the franchise and their story in a light that i have never viewed them in before. Christopher Price has also included a brief history of the New England Patriots that gives greater meaning to the main story line and is also very interesting and informative. The author, Christopher Price's writing style also adds greatly to the book. He is very self-deprecating about his team, the Patriots, and occasionaly himself which makes the book very ammusing to read and to be honest if you were a Patriots fan in the early years, was a necessity.

My only problem with this book is that the author, Christopher Price, sometimes lets his own (and to be fair, clearly stated) biased opinions interfere with his excellent work. If you take all of his work at face value then you would believe that the whole world and the media was working against the Patriots and that their head coach, Bill Belicheck, could do no wrong. For example, during the 'Spygate Affair', Christopher Price makes it appear that Coach Belicheck is 'whiter than white' whereas in reality he was more likely to be a 'shade of grey'. However, although the authors personal opinions can be frustrating at times and can occasionaly take away from a very good book i would still recommend this book to any American Football fan, even if you are not actually a fan of the New England Patriots.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PaulM1212 on 23 Mar 2011
Format: Paperback
As someone who has been a casual fan of the NFL for many years I had decided to up my interest in the sport. The team I love is the Patriots and reading this book was great, it runs right back through the history of the patriots from the beginnings where they were almost a national joke to modern day where they are one of the NFL superpowers. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the New England Patriots story. If you are looking for a general NFL book this probably isn't what you are looking for, it is only focused on the Patriots. A great read 5/5 from me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rallycross Fan on 15 Feb 2010
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The NFL is suppose to be an even playing field for all 32 teams - the salary cap! However during the years 2000-2009, New England Patriots managed to become one of the most successful teams in the NFL - in both number of games won and the success of reaching the post season - including four superbowl appearances, with 3 victories -2001, 2003 and 2004. The book is a education into the way a top NFL team should be run - from the owner, to the coach, the players - a mixture of youth and experience - but also the luck of getting players that performed better than could ever be dreamed of - Brady being a 6th round draft choice is one such player, Reformed characters such as Dillon and Moss and stars on defense from Vrabel to Harrison to Samuel.
I know the patriots are not the favourites of many NFL fans, but if you want to discover why they have success and your teams doesn't - this book may help to provide the answers! For those patriots haters out there, the opening chapters on the problems and false dawns at the patriots pre-2000 will give you a good laugh!
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By Conor on 12 Sep 2014
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0 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jerapah on 3 July 2010
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The Patriots got a lucky break with the Tuck to start the "dynasty" and then cheated to sustain it ... some dynasty. some book.
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