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They were America's Team—the high-priced, high-glamour, high-flying Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s, who won three Super Bowls and made as many headlines off the field as on it. Led by Emmitt Smith, the charismatic Deion "Prime Time" Sanders, and Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin, the Cowboys rank among the greatest of all NFL dynasties.

In similar fashion to his New York Times bestseller The Bad Guys Won!, about the 1986 New York Mets, in Boys Will Be Boys, award-winning writer Jeff Pearlman chronicles the outrageous antics and dazzling talent of a team fueled by ego, sex, drugs—and unrivaled greatness. Rising from the ashes of a 1–15 season in 1989 to capture three Super Bowl trophies in four years, the Dallas Cowboys were guided by a swashbuckling, skirt-chasing, power-hungry owner, Jerry Jones, and his two eccentric, hard-living coaches, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer. Together the three built a juggernaut that America loved and loathed.

But for a team that was so dominant on Sundays, the Cowboys were often a dysfunctional circus the rest of the week. Irvin, nicknamed "The Playmaker," battled dual addictions to drugs and women. Charles Haley, the defensive colossus, presided over the team's infamous "White House," where the parties lasted late into the night and a steady stream of long-legged groupies came and went. And then there were Smith and Sanders, whose Texas-sized egos were eclipsed only by their record-breaking on-field perfomances.

With an unforgettable cast of characters and a narrative as hard-hitting and fast-paced as the team itself, Boys Will Be Boys immortalizes the most beloved—and despised—dynasty in NFL history.

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 6, 2009
ISBN: 9780061982385
List price: $7.99
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I own three of Pearlman's books and enjoy them all, but there's this undefinable something that's missing from his writing. It's the difference between being "pretty good" and "really good," though I'm not really sure how to describe it. Well, one thing I DO have a big issue with is his penchant for reminding you who people are that he's already introduced a couple of pages ago. This is prevalent in all of his work that I've read...I don't recall it being as bad in this one, but it still crops up. Anyways, this is a pretty interesting look at the Dallas Cowboys dynasty of the 1990s. Not terribly in-depth, and as another reviewer noted, the partying seems to get more coverage than the actual games, but there's still enough football content to whet your appetite (I particularly enjoyed the Super Bowl XXX section). This is worth a read, but don't expect too much.read more
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Overall it was a pretty good book, but you have to be a Dallas fan already to get the most out of it.read more
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I own three of Pearlman's books and enjoy them all, but there's this undefinable something that's missing from his writing. It's the difference between being "pretty good" and "really good," though I'm not really sure how to describe it. Well, one thing I DO have a big issue with is his penchant for reminding you who people are that he's already introduced a couple of pages ago. This is prevalent in all of his work that I've read...I don't recall it being as bad in this one, but it still crops up. Anyways, this is a pretty interesting look at the Dallas Cowboys dynasty of the 1990s. Not terribly in-depth, and as another reviewer noted, the partying seems to get more coverage than the actual games, but there's still enough football content to whet your appetite (I particularly enjoyed the Super Bowl XXX section). This is worth a read, but don't expect too much.
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Overall it was a pretty good book, but you have to be a Dallas fan already to get the most out of it.
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