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The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America  by Joe Nick Patoski

Published by Little, Brown & Company, October 2012

Love them or hate them, there’s no such thing as a football fan who doesn’t have an opinion on the Dallas Cowboys. From Dandy Don Meredith, Roger Staubach and America’s Team to the dynasty of the mid-nineties that won three Super Bowls and the glitzy soap opera team of today, the Cowboys have been delighting their fans and infuriating their rivals since 1960.

What sets the Cowboys apart from all other NFL franchises is that they have never been just about football. With their overbearing, ego-driven owner, players who can’t stay out of the tabloids, a palatial new home field that sets the standard for modern stadiums, fans as enthusiastic as cheerleaders, and cheerleaders who are nearly as famous as the team itself, the Cowboys have become a staple of Americana. There is enough star power in the history of the team to drive an entire narrative, but THE DALLAS COWBOYS will be more than that.

Cowboys’ stories abound, involving everything from the team’s founder to its coaches, from running backs to quarterbacks. Joe Nick Patoski will plumb all these anecdotes, going to the locker rooms as well as to the boardrooms and the backrooms, and writing a book that will be not just an account of the team, but a very rich portrait of a time, a place, and a culture.

"10 Best Football Books of 2012."
-- Kirkus Review

“Those looking for just the football facts have to wash them down with a lot of civic history along the way, and the book is better for it. Patoski must be fascinated by the Cowboys to have devoted himself to this herculean task.”
-- The New York Times

“Immense. . . . Patoski provides a comprehensive record of everything to do with the iconic franchise of America’s team.”
-- John Maxymuk, Library Journal

“It’s hard to match the thoroughness of the account presented by Mr. Patoski. . . . The Dallas Cowboys adroitly traces the ascendancy of the team while shedding light on its unique position today as an athletic, commerical, and cultural powerhouse.”
-- Charles Dameron, Wall Street Journal

“Patoski’s a natural storyteller. This book couldn’t have been written by anyone else.”
-- Michael Corcoran, Austim American Statesman

“Superbly detailed, obsessively researched, and equal parts serious sports scholarship and outrageous laugh-out-loud reporting about the Dallas Cowboys.”
-- Publishers Weekly

Joe Nick Patoski is the author of the award-winning Willie Nelson: An Epic Life as well as biographies of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Selena. He has written for No Depression, Texas Monthly, Rolling Stone, Country Music, TV Guide, and the Austin American-Statesman. He lives in the Texas Hill Country.