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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story of a football genius, 17 Aug 2009
A wonderful read!
What sets this apart from other retrospectives on the late, great Bill Walsh and the 49ers of the 1980s is the depth of research the author David Harris undertook to produce this book.
It's jam-packed of anecdotes, facts and quotes to provide a more full review on Bill's life in and outside of football.
Compared to the tiresome, egotistical and factually flawed 'Glenn Dickey's 49ers' this book is in a different class, and a must for any pro-football fan.
Two criticisms mean don't give a full 5 stars: so amy of the references come from 'un-named' sources (e.g. an un-named NFL coach who was fired after only just beating the 1979 49ers; and 'one former Dallas player' commenting on life as a Niner) -these are annoying and surely 90% of these could be named without bringing a lawsuit or embarrassment! Plus, Sam Wyche did NOT receive a Super Bowl winning ring as a player for the Redskins - they LOST that Super Bowl.
That said, it's a joy to read the inside story!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting, 7 July 2013
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This review is from: The Genius: How Bill Walsh Reinvented Football and Created an NFL Dynasty (Paperback)
I dlscovered American Football in about 1984 & I picked to niners as my team to follow. In the UK at this time, unlike today, acces to a team like the niners was just about impossible apart from one tv channel. I discovered alot about the team and about Bill Walsh, football worked in the USA through ths book. For UK niners fan this is a must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Genius: How Bill Walsh Reinvented Football & Created an NFL Dynasty, 16 Nov 2011
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david harris' book gives considerable insight into the inner workings of one of the most exceptional sports coaches ever. walsh's insecurities and accomplishments are detailed throughout the chapters. while the author makes attempts to describe & explain the genius that was bill walsh, he doesn't shy away from examining how walsh struggled with his task - and often failed to grasp the consequences of his decisions until it was too late. while it is not an autobiography, the book reads as though it is one. some may feel that it therefore is mutton dressed as lamb; however, no one could argue that it fails to give the reader a greater understanding of how the 49ers' dynasty of the 80s was built.
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