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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating insight into a personal duel..., 29 Dec 2013
This review is from: Best of Rivals: Joe Montana, Steve Young, and the Inside Story Behind the NFL's Greatest Quarterback Controversy (Hardcover)
'Best of Rivals' by Adam Lazarus is the story of two of the greatest quarterbacks of the modern era, San Francisco's Joe Montana and Steve Young. This is the back story behind each struggle to be the No.1, from Montana's incumbency at the top of his game, to his frailties from the continual Sunday beatings and, ultimately, the loss of a job which resulted in an almost shocking trade away from the team he helped personify and bring to greatness. Personally, I had a great interest in this story, as at the time, I was an impressionable 15 year old who also happened to think Joe Montana was God. It's fair to say that beck then, I thought Steve Young was the biggest villain who ever played, but reading the book from an adult view, you have to see both sides of the story - and this book tells it excellently. The book is written with a chronological sense that really makes you relive the seasons had you been there originally. Bearing in mind that football in the UK on television was still made up mostly of prerecorded highlights and little live footage, it's amazing how much the book reminds you of those games. But this book is far from a synopsis of games and seasons, it's also the personal, behind the scenes stuff that really grips you. Sometimes Joe is the villain, sometimes Steve - and sometimes you feel for both of them. There's no favouritism in the book; I came away with a new respect for Young, and remembered why Joe is so revered by 49er fans. I thought I had read everything on their struggle for power, but there were anecdotes and recollections from the players and their teammates that really shed new light, and for that, the book became a page turner. Never boring, even when reading about events that are ingrained in a fans memory, this book is highly recommended, not only for 49ers and NFL fans, but for sports fans in general. The only thing I might have added would have been a little more closure at the end of the story - or was there ever any actual closure..? Either way, this is a cracking read, and well worth a look.
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