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Tom Landry, an autobiography
Landry, Tom.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan Books, 1990.
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302 pages ; 24 cm
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Until now, Tom Landry has nover told his own personal story or recorded his account of the Dallas Cowboys--the people and the organization that became America's Team. This autobiography offers an inside look at not just thefacts, but the thoughts, feelings and faith behind the familiar, stoic sideline visage. Illustrations.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Until 1989 Landry, hired in 1959, was the only coach the Dallas Cowboys had ever had. Here, writing with Lewis ( Am I Alive ), he covers the early years, when his team had an abysmal record of 0-10-1, through 1965, when Dallas finally broke even at 7-7, and the five Super Bowl appearances between 1970 and 1978, including two championships, to the descent into mediocrity in the late '80s. Discussed are Landry's debt to Paul Brown, whose coaching philosophy inspired him, Cowboys owner Clint Murchison and general manager Tex Schramm, who left him free to run the team on the field. We're told that the coach has an introverted personality, which makes many judge him cold and remote. Heavy with nostalgia and permeated with Landry's deep religious faith, the book will disappoint football fans expecting insider gossip and a suggestion of the rough-and-tumble of their sport. $160,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The publication of these books coincides with Landry's induction into the National Football League Hall of Fame this month. Bayless, a Dallas columnist and sportswriter who has covered the Dallas Cowboys since 1978, looks behind the publicity and Image (with a capital I) of ``America's Team.'' Although Bayless stresses that Landry is a good person, the book is uncomplimentary toward Landry's coaching ability and the Dallas front office. Bayless's anecdotes and interviews reveal the lack of substance behind the Landry and Cowboy image. Though the author's often too-cute word play sometimes gets in the way of his narrative, overall the book gives an interesting outsider's perspective on Landry's reign in Dallas. In stark contrast to Bayless's account, Landry's autobiography perpetuates the image that has earned him the respect of so many people. From his early days in Dallas to life after his controversial firing, Landry addresses many of the same incidents Bayless discusses, but their perspectives and explanations differ significantly. Don't expect any surprising revelations. Although the Christian influence on Landry and his ``aww shucks'' naivete seem overemphasized, Landry shows his skill as a motivating speaker and his genuinely ``nice guy'' personality. The book will serve more as a motivating tool or speaker's sourcebook than it does as a behind-the-scenes view of Landry and his Cowboys. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/90. -- Martin J. Hudacs, Towanda H.S., Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-- A perfect opportunity to get an undisputable insider's view of football and to meet the real Tom Landry, who comes across as a warm, sensitive, and caring person who has learned to mask his emotions well. Landry begins his story with his unannounced firing by the Dallas owners. The book leaves readers with the feeling of having experienced a rich life full of things that mold character, shape morality, and create a value system.-- Lindsey Wilson, Edison High School, Alexandria, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chronology of Eventsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Part I Trouble at Valley Ranch
1. The Brewing Stormp. 3
2. Firing Dayp. 12
Part II From a Texas Town to the Big Apple
3. Small-Town Texanp. 23
4. A High School Coach's Influencep. 33
5. Into the World and Warp. 46
6. Longhorn in Lovep. 59
7. New York Livingp. 69
8. Coaching with Lombardip. 85
9. Crossroads: New York or Dallas?p. 99
Part III The Cowboys of Dallas
10. Cowboy Beginningsp. 117
11. Life as Losersp. 130
12. On the Verge of Successp. 146
13. The Cold Blow of the Ice Bowlp. 160
14. Still Losing the Big Onesp. 171
15. Super Win, Surly Starp. 183
16. The Comeback Cowboysp. 198
17. America's Teamp. 209
18. The Cowboy Imagep. 221
Part IV The Cowboys Change Reins
19. The First Sale of the Cowboysp. 233
20. Troubles Through the Final Seasonp. 245
21. Aftermath of the Firingp. 257
Part V Perspectives
22. On Coaching and Motivationp. 277
23. On Leadershipp. 289
24. On Characterp. 302
Indexp. 307