America's Game (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 26, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 608 pages
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It’s difficult to imagine today—when the Super Bowl has virtually become a national holiday and the National Football League is the country’s dominant sports entity—but pro football was once a ramshackle afterthought on the margins of the American sports landscape. In the span of a single generation in postwar America, the game charted an extraordinary rise in popularity, becoming a smartly managed, keenly marketed sports entertainment colossus whose action is ideally suited to television and whose sensibilities perfectly fit the modern age.America’s Game traces pro football’s grand transformation, from the World War II years, when the NFL was fighting for its very existence, to the turbulent 1980s and 1990s, when labor disputes and off-field scandals shook the game to its core, and up to the sport’s present-day preeminence. A thoroughly entertaining account of the entire universe of professional football, from locker room to boardroom, from playing field to press box, this is an essential book for any fan of America’s favorite sport.


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Review: America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation

User Review  - Scott - Goodreads

America's Game. The title alone makes me want to watch football. But, not just any football. NFL football. Outstanding history of the NFL until the early 2000's. It covers a lot of material and is ... Read full review

Review: America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation

User Review  - Jim Reineking - Goodreads

Supremely thorough look at 60 years of National Football League history Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUEI ltlIIlltl 23 1958
3
Coil Nixon and the Naliolnal
16
The Organization Man
21
Let llert Do It
38
Going Deep
55
Baltimore
75
On Any Given Sumlay
96
A Light Bulb Came On
117
Aneiras Team
312
Air War
327
Umhr Slflgl
341
The Last Slam
356
Changing of the Guard
373
Pearl Harbor
388
A Ililf1rent Worltl
402
Man at llle Top
418

The Siege
135
The New Frontier
152
The Czar
175
War
193
A Semale Peace
213
The Only Thing
231
Respect
248
Prime Time
275
Football League
292
The Main Thing
432
Annericalu Cause
450
AFTERWORD TO THE ANCHOR BOOKS EDTON
459
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 465
464
SQURCE NOTES
471
BIBLIQGRAPHIC EAY
523
INDEX
533
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Michael MacCambridge is the author of The Franchise: A History of Sports Illustrated Magazine, and the editor of the bestselling ESPN SportsCentury. He worked for eight years as a columnist and critic at the Austin American-Statesman, writing about movies, music, and popular culture. He lives with his wife, Danica Frost, and their children, Miles and Ella, in University City, Missouri.


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