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.

About Joe Nick Patoski

Joe Nick Patoski

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.