The Biggest Collection of Cowboys Books

I started to become slightly impressed with my collection of 36 (and growing) books about the Dallas Cowboys, but then I came across a recent post on the forums of Cowboy Cards that stopped me from being so impressed. A Cowboys historian named Fred Goodwin, who has posted several comments on this blog recently, has a list of more than 200 titles about the Cowboys, including more than 170 that he owns personally. So if you want a checklist of Dallas Cowboys books that you can use in building your own collection, this would be the place to get it.

You will need to register for the forums. Once you do, here are the links to the specific post pages:

Introduction

Tom Landry Era

Jerry Jones Era

Children’s Books

Mr. Goodwin is also one of the Dallas Cowboys experts on AllExperts.

Here is a list of the books that I own personally, stressing (probably only to myself!) that I have a long way to go.

Tom Landry Era

1. 1981 Whittingham, Richard. The Dallas Cowboys: An Illustrated History. NY: Harper & Row. 1st “coffee-table” sized hardback. Reviews each year from ’60-’80, including ’52 Dallas Texans (later Balt. Colts) (L)(OP).

2. 1984 Stowers, Carlton. Dallas Cowboys: The First Twenty-Five Years. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 25th anniversary album; also looks at team organization and management; has a trivia section; and covers fans, Cheerleaders, and media (L)(OP).

3. 2005. Golenbock, Peter. Landry’s Boys: An Oral History Of A Team And An Era. Triumph Books. Compilation of player interviews spanning from 1958 to 1989.

4. 1969 Perkins, Steve. Next Year’s Champions: The Story of the Dallas Cowboys. NY: World Publishing. 1st published account of the Cowboys; covers 1968 season (OP).

5. 1972 Perkins, Steve. Winning the Big One. NY: Grosset & Dunlap. Followup to “Next Year’s Champions”; reviews 1971 season and Super Bowl VI victory (OP).

6. 1997 Gruver, Ed. The Ice Bowl: The Cold Truth about Football’s Most Unforgettable Game. Ithaca, NY: McBooks Press. Much better than the Shropshire book, the author is a member of the Pro Football Researchers Association (PFRA).

7. 1986 Perkins, Steve. The Official 1986 Dallas Cowboys Bluebook, Vol. VII. Dallas: Taylor Publishing (L)(OP).

8. 1972 Rentzel, Lance. When All the Laughter Died in Sorrow. NY: Saturday Review Press. Poignant auto-bio of former wide receiver; 1st (non-juvenile) player bio (OP).

9. 1974 Staubach, Roger, Sam Blair & Bob St. John. Staubach: First Down, Lifetime To Go. Waco, TX: Word Books. 1st of two non-juvenile bios; not his favorite (OP).

10. 1975 Toomay, Pat. The Crunch. NY: W. W. Norton. By a former defensive lineman, covers his 5-year career with Dallas (OP).

11. 1982 Stowers, Carlton. Journey to Triumph: 110 Dallas Cowboys Tell Their Stories. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. Series of player vignettes (OP).

12. 1985 Pearson, Preston. Hearing the Noise: My Life in the NFL. NY: William Morrow. Pearson is a former Cowboys running back and 3rd-down specialist; also played for Baltimore (led NFL in KO returns ’69) and Pittsburgh; played in 5 SBs (3, 9, 10, 12 and 13)(OP).

13. 1988 Garrison, Walt & John Tullus. Once a Cowboy. NY: Random House. Walt is a former Cowboys fullback, and a cowboy in real-life (OP).

14. 1990 Klein, Dave. Tom and the ‘Boys. NY: Kensington Publishing. Opinions of players (Lilly, Staubach, Dorsett, et al.) about Landry and his firing, as well as local reporters Blackie Sherrod and Frank Luksa.

15. 1988 St. John, Bob. Tex! The Man Who Built the Dallas Cowboys. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Only bio of former GM Tex Schramm.

16. 1990 Bayless, Skip. God’s Coach: The Hymns, Hype, and Hypocrisy of Tom Landry’s Cowboys. NY: Simon & Schuster. An irreverent view of the “man in the funny hat”.

17. 1990 Landry, Tom & Gregg Lewis. Tom Landry: An Autobiography. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing. 4th bio overall; 3rd “post-JJ”

18. 1986 Stratton, Gary & Robert Krug. Dallas Cowboys Trivia Challenge. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. Prize was $10,000! Krug wrote a column on Cowboy collectibles for the Dallas Cowboys Weekly team newspaper (OP)(P).

19. 1973 Gent, Peter. North Dallas Forty. NY: William Morrow. Best known fictional work loosely based on the Cowboys; Gent is an ex-Cowboys receiver (OP).

20. 2003. Harris, Cliff and Charlie Waters. Tales from the Dallas Cowboys. Sports Publishing. The former Dallas stars offer up a hilarious collection of stories and memories spanning nearly two decades of Cowboys history, from the “Dirty Dozen” to the “Doomsday Defense.”

21. 2002. Towle, Mike. Roger Staubach Captain America: Captain America Personal Memories and Anecdotes About the Super Bowl-Winning Quarterback of America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys. Cumberland House Publishing

22. 2003. Sham, Brad. Stadium Stories: Dallas Cowboys: Colorful Tales of America’s Team. Globe Pequot. Description: “For forty years, the Dallas Cowboys have been one of the most glamorous and fascinating teams in the NFL and all of American sport. In this book, author Brad Sham, the Voice of the Cowboys and a member of the team’s radio broadcasts for 25 years, shares behind-the-scenes insights from his unique bird’s eye view.”

23. 2006. Burton, Alan. Dallas Cowboys: Quips & Quotes. State House Press. A compilation of quotes from coaches and players.

24. 2006. Buchanan, Buck. Glory Days: Life with the Dallas Cowboys, 1972-1998. Taylor Trade Publishing. Buck Buchanan was the beloved equipment manager for the Dallas Cowboys for 25 years, during which time the Cowboys won four Super Bowls. Written with the consent and support of the Dallas Cowboys organization, Buchanan provides a unique behind-the-scenes look–from the logistics of moving equipment for away games, to the proclivities and needs of individual players. On the sidelines for every Cowboys game, he also describes how the coaches and players interacted during some of the team’s most legendary moments.

25. 2000. Kasai, Jennifer B. The Book of Landry. “Book is rich with inspirational Landry quotes, stories and testimonials from former assistant coaches and players such as Dan Reeves, Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, and Drew Pearson.”

Jerry Jones Era

26. 1996 Guinn, Jeff. Dallas Cowboys — Our Story: The Authorized Pictorial History. Arlington, TX: Summit Publishing. Coffee-table sized and massively illustrated; only the second official history of the Cowboys. (Note: appendix lists ’62 roster of the Dallas TEXANS, not the Cowboys!) (L)

27. 1993 Fisher, Mike. Stars and Strife: Inside the Dallas Cowboys Reemergence as America’s Team. Ft. Worth, TX: Summit Group. Review of ’92 season by a reporter for the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.

28. 1998 Aikman, Troy. Aikman: Mind, Body and Soul. Hollywood, FL: EGI Productions. Coffee-table sized pictorial (L).

29. 1993 Johnson, Jimmy & Ed Hinton. Turning the Thing Around: Pulling America’s Team Out of the Dumps – And Myself Out of the Doghouse. NY: Hyperion. Traces his career from Port Arthur, to Arkansas, to Miami and to Dallas; probably not the last we’ll hear from Johnson.

30. 1994 Novacek, Yvette, ed. The Dallas Cowboys Wives’ Family Cookbook and Photo Album: Southwestern Cuisine Edition. Ft. Worth, TX: Branch-Smith (P).

31. 1996 Donovan, Jim, Ken Sins & Frank Coffey. The Dallas Cowboys Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to America’s Team. Seacaucus, NJ: Citadel Press. From A-to-Z, covers most players and answers almost every question about the Cowboys (P).

32. 1996 Stratton, Gary. Dallas Cowboys Facts & Trivia. South Bend, IN: E.B. Houchin Co. This book is littered with mistakes and typos. Beware (P).

33. 2007. Hitzges, Norm and Ron St. Angelo. Greatest Team Ever: The Dallas Cowboys Dynasty of the 1990s. Thomas Nelson. An illustrated book that chronicles the 1990s Cowboys, arguing that the Dallas dynasty was the greatest ever.

34. 2006. Taylor, Jean-Jacques. Game of My Life: Dallas Cowboys. Sports Publishing. Written by a Dallas Morning News beat writer, this title follows some of the more famous stories in team history.

Children’s Books

35. 1995 Aikman, Troy with Greg Brown. Things Change. Dallas: Taylor Publishing.

36. 1971 Lipman, David & Ed Wilks. The Speed King: Bob Hayes of the Dallas Cowboys. Putnam (OP).

  • Fred Goodwin

    Thanx for the plug — and don’t sell yourself short, yours is a pretty fair collection.

    My lists include a lot of titles that are only of peripheral interest to most fans, but if it has anything to do with the Cowboys, I include it, because I like to err on the side of over-inclusiveness.

    My lists haven’t been updated in many years, but I figure Amazon does a pretty good job of listing titles that are currently in-print.

    Great website, by the way. Lotsa thought-provoking articles!

  • Dan

    What is your favorite read? I don’t have one Cowboys book 🙁

    I shall buy your three favorite.

  • Dan

    Fred, I have a book (it is awful) called The Best Dallas Ft. Worth Sports arguments that is pretty focused on the Cowboys (it is in Cowboys colors) written by Jaime Aron I can send you to add to your collection 🙂

  • Three books… that’s a tough one. If Fred sees this, I would defer to him, but here is what I would suggest:

    (1) Landry’s Boys, by Peter Golenbeck. This is a must-have for 1960s and 1970s stories of the Cowboys.

    (2) Cowboys Essentials, by Frank Luska. Luska is a no-nonsense reporter, and this book covers all of the great moments.

    (3) Greatest Team Ever, by Norm Hitzges. Hitzges, who does the Cowboys post-game report now, makes a compelling case for the 1990s Cowboys as the greatest team ever. I think it’s the best of the 1990s books.

  • Dan

    I will find all 3

  • Fred Goodwin

    My fave three? That’s tough — it kinda depends on what area you want to focus on.

    I’d say for nostalgic reasons, my top three team histories are:

    “Next Year’s Champions” by Steve Perkins (1969) because it was the first book ever written about the Cowboys (as far as I know)

    “Dallas Cowboys” Pro or Con?” by Sam Blair (1970) another very early look at the Cowboys after having lost to the Packers and Browns in successive playoffs in the 60s

    “The Dallas Cowboys: An Illustrated History” by Whittingham (1981) the first of the coffee-table sized books about the team with lots of illustrations of the early Cowboys.

    My top bios are:

    “Tex! The Man Who Built the Dallas Cowboys: by Bob St. John (1988)

    “Roger Staubach: Time Enough to Win” by Frank Luksa (1980)

    “The Man Inside: Tom Landry” by Bob St. John (1979)

    “North Dallas Forty” by Pete Gent (1973); not exactly a bio, but the fictional story is very clearly based on Gent’s time with the Cowboys and gives an unvarnished look at the going-on inside the locker room and off the field.

    Gent obviously had an ax to grind re: his relationship with Landry, so I take the portrayal of the HC character with a grain of salt.

    Its also interesting to note that, while ND40 has a Christian-type backup QB character that Gent makes fun of, in fact, Gent’s last year with the Cowboys was 1968 while Roger Staubach (the obvious target of Gent’s pen) didn’t join the team until 1969 — so I’m not sure how well Gent knew Roger or why he felt the need to slam Roger’s character.

    You’ll notice the common theme: my favorites focus on the Landry-Schramm era, and all are out of print. There have been some fine books written about the Jerry Jones era Cowboys, but I guess I prefer the oldies.

    I’m the sort who gets out my Dallas Cowboys Christmas videos and plays them every year during the holidays because I love those old Dallas Cowboys!

  • DamionKutaeff

    Hello everybody, my name is Damion, and I’m glad to join your conmunity,
    and wish to assit as far as possible.

  • Nick Phillips

    Hi. I just discovered the site, and was reading about all of the book collection posts. I own EVERY book about the Cowboys ever written. There are 200+ in my collection, Including at least 7 on Landry alone!

  • Nick Phillips

    If anyone has any questions about any of the books, feel free to ask. Including you, Mr. Goodwin! 🙂

  • Nick Phillips

    Sorry, forgot to mention one other thing – I also own EVERY SINGLE WIN the Cowboys have had On BOTH video and DVD since the 1977 season. (Including individual games dating back to 1967,(Complete Ice Bowl) 1970,((Playoff game vs. Lions, score 5 – 0, FIRST NFC title against the 49ers) 1971,(Last game played in Cotton Bowl, vs. the Giants COMPLETE Super Bowl VI vs. Dolphins) 1975, (Hail Mary game, NFC title game vs, Rams)etc. Not trying to brag, my Cowboys collection consists SOLELY of Their games and books about them. Sort of an amateur Cowboys historian if you will, Anyone want to talk Cowboys football, and I’m THERE!

  • Fred Goodwin

    Nick: thanx for the offer — I’d love to compare lists, to plug any holes in my own lists; please write me at fgoodwin@sbcglobal.net

  • Nick Phillips

    Here’s my list of books/magazines/newspapers”
    > “The Murchisons: The Rise and Fall of a Texas Dynasty” By Jane Wolfe. Written in 1989, this is an autobiographical account of the Murchison family, without whom the Dallas Cowboys would not exist!

    “Classic Clint: The Laughs and Times of Clint Murchison Jr.”By Dick Hitt. Written in 1992, this is an autobiography about the Cowboy’s first owner.

    “Tex!: The Man Who Built The Dallas Cowboys,” and “Never Just A Game” Both by Bob St. John. The first book, written in 1988,is a second person autobiographical account of the life and times of Tex Schramm. The second book, written in 2007, is an updated version of the first, written after his death.

    “The Man Inside … Landry” By Bob St. John. Written in 1979, this is an autobiographical look at the life of Tom Landry.

    “Dallas Cowboys 1st Media Guide” The collection also includes a VERY rare booklet, the official, original media guide put out by the Cowboys in their very first year of existence, 1960.

    “Journey To Triumph: 110 Dallas Cowboys Tell Their Stories” By Carlton Stowers. Written in 1982. Mini autbiographies of 60’s and 70’s player, 1 – 3 pages each.

    “Bob Lilly: Reflections” By Bob Lilly, with help from Sam Blair. Written in 1983, this paperback edition is a look back through Lilly’s time with the Cowboys.

    “Play By Play” By Bill Mercer. Written in 2007, this is an autobiographical account of the life and times of Bill Mercer, The Cowboy’s first ever play by play radio announcer. Mercer covered the team from 1965, in their original home stadium, The Cotton Bowl, until 1971, their first championship year at new Texas Stadium.

    “Cotton Bowl Days” By John Eisenberg. Written in 1997, this is a first person account of watching the team in person, as they played through the 1960’s, in their first home – the Cotton Bowl.

    “Dallas Cowboys Quips and Quotes” By Alan Burton. Written in 2006, this is a collection of famous and funny quotes about the Dallas Cowboys.

    “The Speed King: Bob Hayes of the Dallas Cowboys” By David Lipman and Ed Wilks. Written in 1971, this is a part of a series of sports themed books for kids aged 9 to 12.

    “Run, Bullet, Run” By Bob Hayes, with help from Robert Pack. Written in 1990, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of “Bullet” Bob Hayes.

    “The Cowboy Chronicles” By Carlton Stowers. Compiled in 1984, this is a collection of articles written for the Dallas/Ft. Worth newspapers by reporter Carlton Stowers.

    “Reeves,” an Autobiography Written by Dan Reeves, with help from Dick Connor. Written in 1988, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Dan Reeves.

    “Once A Cowboy” By Walt Garrison, with help from John Tullius. Written in 1988, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Walt Garrison.

    “Then Landry Said to Staubach…” By Walt Garrison, with help from Mark Stallard. Written in 2007, this is a collection of stories about the Dallas Cowboys. Book includes pictures and an audio CD of play by play (By Bill Mercer) from Super Bowl VI.

    “When All the Laughter Died in Sorrow” By Lance Rentzel. Written in 1972, this is a first person autobiographical account about the life of Lance Rentzel.

    “Wright Up Front” By Rayfield Wright, with help from Jeannette DeVader. Written in 2006, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Rayfield Wright.

    “The Ice Bowl” By Mike Shropshire. Written in 1997, this book is about the famous “Ice Bowl, and about the entire 1967 season of both the Cowboys and the Packers.

    “The Ice Bowl: The Cold Truth About Football’s Most Unforgettable Game” By Ed Gruver. Written in 1998, this entire book is written about one, single game, the 1967 “Ice Bowl.”

    “Next Year’s Champions: The story of the Dallas Cowboys” By Steve Perkins. Written in 1969, this book is a first person account of the 1968 season of the Dallas Cowboys.

    “North Dallas Forty” By Pete Gent. Written in 1973 by the former Receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.

    “Game of My Life” By Jean Jacques Taylor. Written in 2006, this is a compilation of short chapters about players and their most important game.

    “Roger Staubach of the Dallas Cowboys” By Joe Gergen. Written in 1972, this is an autobiographical account of the life of Roger Staubach.

    “Sports Hero Roger Staubach” By Marshall and Sue Burchard. Written in 1973, this is an autobiographical account of the life of Roger Staubach.

    “Staubach: First Down, Lifetime To Go” By Roger Staubach, with help from Sam Blair and Bob St. James. Written in 1974, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life Roger Staubach.

    “Roger Staubach: Captain America” By Roger Staubach, with help from Mike Towle. Written in 2002, this is a first person collection of “short takes” as stated by Roger Staubach.

    “The Dallas Cowboys and the NFL” By Donald Chipman, Randolph Campbell, and Robert Calvert. Written in 1970, this is an attempt to chronicle the team’s entire history, from 1960 to 1970.

    “Dallas Cowboys, Pro or Con?” By Sam Blair. Written in 1970, This is another attempt to chronicle the entire history of the team, from 1960 to 1970.

    “Dallas Cowboys 25: The First Twenty Five Years”
    By Carlton Stowers. Written in 1984, this is another attempt to chronicle the team’s entire history, from 1960 through 1984.

    “Tales From The Dallas Cowboys” By Cliff Harris and Charlie Waters. Written in 2003, this is a compilation of short stories about the Dallas Cowboys.

    “Captain Crash and the Dallas Cowboys” By Cliff Harris. Written in 2006, this is sort of a “sequel” to “Tales from the Dallas Cowboys.”

    “Ditka: An Autobiography” By Mike Ditka, with help from Don Pierson. Written in 1985, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Mike Ditka.

    “Duane Thomas and the Fall of America’s Team” By Duane Thomas, with help from Paul Zimmerman. Written in 1988, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Duane Thomas.

    “The Crunch” By Pat Toomay. Written in 1975, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Pat Toomay.

    “The Dallas Cowboys: Winning the Big One,” and “The Drive to Win” By Steve Perkins. Written in 1972, these books are a sort of sequel, a follow up to Perkins’s earlier work, “Next Year’s Champions: The story of the Dallas Cowboys.” (see above) The books are a first person account of the team’s year, following them throughout the 1971 season.

    “Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins”
    By Al Rowland. Written in 1983, this is a book written about the Cowboy’s first ever world championship season, in 1971. The book is written for kids, aged 9 to 12.

    “We Love You Cowboys” By Bob St. John. Written in 1972, this book is about the Cowboy’s history, players, coaches, and their first ever world championship.

    “The Dallas Cowboys’ Super Wives”
    By Bobbi Field. Written in 1972, this book is about the wives of the players who were on the team around the time they won Super Bowl VI in 1971.

    “Glory Days: Life with the Dallas Cowboys, 1973 – 1998” By William T. “Buck” Buchanan. Written in 2006, this is a “mini-history” of the Dallas Cowboys, as witnessed first-hand by the team’s Equipment Manager, who began with the team in 1973.

    “Hail Mary: The Drew Pearson Story” By Drew Pearson. Written in 2004, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Drew Pearson.

    “Texas Thunder: My Eleven Years with the Dallas Cowboys” By Harvey Martin. Written in 1986, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Harvey Martin.

    “Dallas Cowboys: Great Teams, Great Years” By Jeff Meyers. Written in 1974, this is the again another attempt to chronicle the entire history of the team, from 1960 through 1974.

    “The Dallas Cowboys” By Bob St. John. Written in 1974, this is the another attempt to chronicle the entire history of the team, from 1960 through 1974. Mostly a “coffee table book.

    “Hearing The Noise: My Life In The NFL” By Preston Pearson. Written in 1985, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Preston Pearson.

    “Out Of Control: Confessions of an NFL Casualty” By Thomas Henderson, with help from Peter Knobler. Written in 1987, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson.

    “Deep in the Heart of Texas” Written by Suzette, Stephanie, and Sheri Scholz. Written in 1991, this is a series of recollections written by former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. About a family that had THREE sisters all become cheerleaders on the squad.

    “The Dallas Cowboys: An Illustrated History” By Richard Whittingham. Written in 1981, this is the again another attempt to chronicle the team’s entire history, during the team’s first 20 years, from 1960 through 1981.

    “The Tony Dorsett story” By Phil Musick. Written in 1978, this is an autobiographical account of the life of Tony Dorsett, written for kids, ages 9 to 12.

    “Tony Dorsett” By S. H. Burchard. Written in 1978, this is an autobiographical account of the life of Tony Dorsett, written for small kids, ages 5 to 8.

    “Tony Dorsett, from Heisman to Super Bowl in One Year” By Dick Conrad. Written in 1979, this is an autobiographical account of the life of Tony Dorsett, written for small kids, ages 5 to 10.

    “Tony Dorsett” By Marcia McKenna Biddle. Written in 1980, this is an autobiographical look at the life of Tony Dorsett, written for kids, ages 9 -12.

    “Running Tough: Memoirs of a Football Maverick”
    By Tony Dorsett, with help from Harvey Frommer. Written in 1989, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Tony Dorsett.

    “Dallas Cowboys: Stadium Stories” By Brad Sham. Written in 2003, this is a collection of short articles written by the Cowboy’s current television and radio play by play man, Brad Sham.

    “Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos”
    By Richard Rambeck. Written in 1983, this is a book written about the Cowboy’s second world championship season, 1977. The book is written for kids, ages 9 to 12.

    “The Dallas Cowboys: Super Bowl Champions” By Julian May. Written in 1980, this book, written for kids, takes a look at all 5 of the Super Bowls the Cowboys played in throughout the decade of the 1970s.

    “Roger Staubach: Time Enough To Win” By Roger Staubach, with help from Frank Luska. Written in 1980, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Roger Staubach.

    “Winning Strategies in Selling” By Roger Staubach, Jack Kinder Jr., Garry Kinder. Written in 1980, just after Roger had retired in 1979, this is a “how to” book on what it takes to make a good salesman.

    “The Kicking Game” By Ben Agajanian and Paul T. Owens. Written in 1980, this is a “how to” book about kicking punts and Field Goals, with Raphael Septien. Written by the former Kicking Coach of the Cowboys.

    “The Courage to Believe” By Craig Morton and Robert Burger. Written in 1981, this is a paperback written by Craig Morton, with Tom Landry and Roger Staubach.

    “A Decade of Dreams” By Mary Candace Evans. Written in 1982, this is a “coffee table book,” about the Cheerleaders.

    “Football’s Special Teams: Cowboys/Raiders”
    By Ken Rappoport. Written in 1982, this book takes a close look at two of the most successful franchises in the National Football League. The half about the Cowboys looks at the team from 1960 through 1982.

    “Cowboys an’ Indians” By Tim Panaccio. Written in 1983, this is an in-depth look at the history of the rivalry between the Boys and the Skins, through the 1982 season.

    “Shoot for the Star” By Bill Bates, with help from Bill Butterworth. Written in 1993 after the Boys had just won their second straight Super Bowl, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Bill Bates. The book details his childhood, (Snore.) his college days, (Yawn.) his marriage, kids, (ZZZzzzz) his TRAINING REGIMEN, ( For God’s sake, KILL ME! KILL ME NOW! ) It only picks up when he gets to Dallas in 1983!

    “The Semi – Official Dallas Cowboys Haters’ Handbook” By Mark Nelson and Miller Bonner. Written in 1984, this sarcastic look at the success of the Cowboys was PROOF of just how famous and popular the team had become!

    “Dallas Cowboys Trivia Challenge” By Gary Stratton and Robert Krug. Written in 1986. The book’s title says it all.

    “Breaking Free” By Herschel Walker, with help from Gary Brozek and Charlene Maxfield. Written in 2008, this is about the life of Herschel Walker.

    “The Landry Legend: Grace Under Pressure” By Bob St. John. Written in the summer of 1989. After Jerry Jones had purchased the team and fired Tom Landry.

    “God’s Coach”: “The Hymns, Hype, and Hypocrisy of Tom Landry’s Cowboys” By Skip Bayless. Written in 1990. The book starts off with Jerry Jones and his purchase of the team, his firing of Tom Landry in 1989, and about Landry’s life.

    “Tom Landry: An Autobiography” By Tom Landry, with help from Gregg Lewis. Written in 1990, after he was fired in 1989 by Jerry Jones. This is the official, authorized, autobiographical account of the life of Tom Landry.

    “Tom and the Boys” By Dave Klein. Written in 1990, after the firing of Landry by Jerry Jones, in 1989, this is a repeat Landry’s life history.

    “Turning the Thing Around: Pulling America’s Team Out of the Dumps and Myself Out of the Doghouse”
    By Jimmy Johnson, with help from Ed Hinton. Written in 1993, Just after the completion of the Cowboy’s 1992 Super Bowl win over the Buffalo Bills.

    “Troy Aikman” By the staff at Beckett publications. Written in 1996, this is a second person autobiographical account of the life of Troy Aikman.

    “Sports Great Troy Aikman” By Glen Macnow. Written in 1995, this is a second person autobiographical account of Troy Aikman’s life.

    “Aikman: Mind, Body, & Soul” By Troy Aikman. Written in 1998, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Troy Aikman.

    “Watching Football” By Daryl Johnston and Jim Gigliotti. Written in 2005, this is basically a “primer” about NFL football.

    “The Emmitt Zone” By Emmitt Smith, with help from Steve Delsohn. Written in the summer of 1993, a first person autobiographical book about his life.

    “Emmitt Smith, Star Running Back” By Jeff Savage. Written in 1996, this is an autobiographical account of Emmitt’s life, written for kids, aged 9 – 12.

    “Emmitt Smith” By Daniel Hirshberg. Written in 1996, this is an autobiographical account of Emmitt’s life, written for kids, aged 9 – 12.

    “Emmitt Smith” By Richard Rambeck. Written in 1998, this is an autobiographical account of Emmitt’s life, written for kids, aged 9 – 12.

    “All The Rage: The Life of an NFL Renegade” By Charles Haley, with help from Joe Layden. Written in 1997. This is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Charles Haley.

    “The Boys” By Skip Bayless. Written in 1993, this book chronicles the Cowboy’s 1992 Super Bowl season.

    “The ‘Boys Are Back: The Return of the Dallas Cowboys” By Mike Fisher and Richie Witt. “Written” in the spring of 1993, this is your basic “coffee table book.”

    “How ‘Bout Them Cowboys!: An In – depth Look at America’s Team, The Dallas Cowboys” By Frank Coffey and Ernie Wood. Written in the spring of 1993, this is your basic “coffee table book.”

    “Stars and Strife” By Mike Fisher. Written in 1993, this book is an inside look at the Cowboy’s 1992 Super Bowl season.

    “Reaching for the Stars” By Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach. Written in the spring/summer of 1993, this book was co – written by the two Cowboys greats – Troy Aikman, and Roger Staubach.

    “If I were a Dallas Cowboy” By “Picture Me Books.” Written in 1993, this is an illustrated kids book with a hole cut out of each page that you can place your photo in.

    “Sports Illustrated Collector’s Set” By Sports Illustrated magazine. Written in 1993 by various reporters who work for Sports Illustrated magazine. This is a leather – bound, limited edition set of 2 commemorative Sports Illustrated issues celebrating the Cowboy’s triumphs in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII.

    I also own EVERY SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE THAT HAS THE BOYS ON THE COVER. (60 total issues)

    “The Dallas Cowboys” By Leonard Shapiro. Written in 1993, this is another Cowboys “trivia” book.

    “King of the Cowboys: The Life and Times of Jerry Jones” By Jim Dent. Written in 1995, this is an “unauthorized” autobiographical account of the life of Jerry Jones.

    “Bootlegger’s Boy” By Barry Switzer. This autobiographical account of Switzer’s life MUST be included, because after he joined the team in 1994, he DID guide the team to a WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP! Lots of stuff about Jimmy Johnson.

    “Jerry Jones and the New Regime” By Todd Cawthorn. Written in 1995, this is a very unique perspective on Jerry Jones. It was written by Jerry Jones’ LEARJET Pilot!

    “Things Change” By Troy Aikman, with illustration help by Doug Keith. Written in 1995, this is a kids book.

    “Deion Sanders: Power, Money, & Sex” By Deion Sanders. Written in 1998, this is a first person autobiographical account of the life of Deion Sanders.

    “Keeping Up With The Boys” By John Barnhart, with photographic help from Ron St. Angelo. Written in the spring/summer of 1996, this is another basic “coffee table book.” This book chronicles the Cowboy’s entire 1995 Super Bowl season.

    “Sports Illustrated: A Season To Remember” Written in 1995. This is a hardbound edition of an edition of a Sports Illustrated magazine, about Super Bowl XXX.

    “Hell Bent” By Skip Bayless. Written in the spring/summer of 1996, this is a week by week chronicle of the team’s 1995 Super Bowl season.

    “Dallas Cowboys, Our Story: The Authorized Pictorial History” By Jeff Guinn. Written in the spring/summer of 1996, this is the ANOTHER attempt to chronicle the team’s entire history, from 1960 to 1995.

    “Greatest Team Ever” Written in 2007, by Norm Hitzges, with help from photographer Ron St. Angelo. Basically a “coffee table book,” covering the team through their 5 Super Bowl wins!

    “The Dallas Cowboys Encyclopedia” By Jim Donovan, Ken Sins, and Frank Coffey. Written in 1996, this yet again another attempt to chronicle the team’s entire history, from 1960 to 1996.

    “The Dallas Cowboys Football Team” By William W. Lace. Written in 1996. This is a look at the Dallas Cowboys, written for kids, ages 9 to 12.

    “Landry’s Boys: An Oral History of a Team and an Era”/ “Cowboys Have Always Been My Heroes”
    > Both By Peter Golenbock. Written in 1997, these are attempts to chronicle the team’s entire history, first, from 1960 to 1989. The second book, (“Cowboys have always been my Heroes”) is the UPDATED follow-up reprinting, which chronicles the team’s entire history, this time from 1960 to 1997.

    “America’s Rivalry: The 20 Greatest Redskins – Cowboys Games” By Mickey Spagnola, John Keim, David Elfin, and Rick Snider. Written in 1997, this is a series of reprinted sports pages articles written over the years about the rivalry between the Boys and the Skins.

    “I Hate the Dallas Cowboys, and Who Elected Them America’s Team Anyway?” By Bert Sugar. Written in 1997, this is a collection of essays written about the Cowboys by former players, coaches, and sports writers. The writer details the reason why he hates “America’s Team.” It’s a HOOT!

    “Greatest Teams: The Most Dominant Powerhouses in Sports.” By Sports Illustrated magazine. Written in 1998 by Tim Crothers, reporter for Sports Illustrated magazine. This is a hard – bound edition of a commemorative Sports Illustrated magazine. The topic is the most dominant teams in sports history, with the Cowboys on the cover, naturally.

    “The Super Bowl: Sport’s Greatest Championship” By Sports Illustrated magazine. Written in 1998 by Austin Murphy, reporter for Sports Illustrated magazine. This is a hard – bound edition of a commemorative Sports Illustrated magazine. The topic is the Super Bowl, where, of course, the Cowboys have played in a record EIGHT of the games! Again, they’re on the cover.

    “Texas Football Trilogy” By Mitchell Krugel. Written in 1998, this is a book about the sport of football in the state of Texas. It covers high school, college, and the pros – specifically, the Dallas Cowboys. The ONLY book in the entire collection about then coach Chan Gailey, and it tells the complete story of the 1998 season.

    “Dat: Tackling Life and the NFL” By Dat Nguyen and Rusty Burson. Written in 2005, this is an autobiography about the life of Nguyen.

    “Landry: The Legend and The Legacy” By Bob St. John. Written in late 2000, after Landry’s death, this is a second person autobiographical account of the life of Tom Landry.

    “The Book of Landry” By Jennifer Briggs Kaski. Written in 2000, after Landry’s death, this book has words of wisdom from testimonials to Tom Landry.

    “I Remember Tom Landry” By Denne H. Freeman and Jaime Aron. Written in 2001, after Landry’s death, this book is a compilation of essays written by other people such as family, friends, coaches, and players, about what they remembered about Tom Landry.

    “Where Have All Our Cowboys Gone?” By Brian Jenson. Written in 1997, this book is a sort of “sequel” to the Carlton Stowers book, “Journey To Triumph: 110 Dallas Cowboys Tell Their Stories.” The book is separated into 4 sections – “The Building Years,” “The Arrival of America’s Team,” “The Lean Years,” and “How ‘Bout Them Cowboys!?”

    “Emmitt: Run With History” By Emmitt Smith. Written in 2002, this is a “coffee table book.”

    “Emmitt Smith: Record – Breaking Rush to Glory” By Roland Lazenby and Mike Ashley. Written in 2002, this is a “coffee table book.”

    “When The Tuna Went Down To Texas” By Mike Shropshire. Written in 2004, this is a week by week chronology of new coach Bill Parcell’s first season coaching the Dallas Cowboys, in 2003.

    “Legends of the Dallas Cowboys” By Cody Monk. Written in 2004, this is essentially a “coffee table book.” It has short, 1 to 2 page biographies of famous Cowboys team members, from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s.

    “In Control: The Rebirth of an NFL Legend” By Thomas Henderson, with help from Frank Luska. Written in 2004, this book is a sequel, or “Part Two” to his first book. Henderson basically makes amends as part of his 12 step program to all those he had wronged during his druggie days.

    “The Football Book” By Sports Illustrated magazine writers. Compiled in 2005, this is essentially a “coffee table book,” with reprinted articles about the NFL. Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Mel Renfro, and Cliff Harris are on the cover, (MORE players than ANY OTHER TEAM, naturally!)

    “The History of the Dallas Cowboys/N.F.L. Today” By Brian Hawkes. Written in 2005, this is a basic “coffee table book.

    “Dallas Cowboys: Super Bowl Champions” By Nate LeBoutillier. Written in 2006, this is a “coffee table book.

    “T.O.” By Terrell Owens, with help from Jason Rosenhaus. Written in 2005, this is an autobiographical look at Terrell Owen’s life.

    “The Dallas Cowboys” By Mark Stewart. Written in 2006, this is a “mini-history” of the team up through Coach Bill Parcells’ tenure, written for kids, ages 9 to 12.

    “Cowboys Essential” By Frank Luska. Written in 2006, this is the third “Trivia book” in the collection. Plenty of stats, amusing anecdotes, interesting stories, juicy morsels, tidbits, and golden nuggets about the Cowboys, through 2006.

    “Little T Learns to Share” By Terrell Owens, with help from Courtney Parker. Written in 2007, this is a book written for kids.

    “America’s Team: The Dallas Cowboys” By David Aretha. Written in 2008, this is a youth oriented look at the history of the Dallas Cowboys. The book is actually written with high school kids in mind who may have to write a report about the team, using internet sites as sources.

    “War Without Death” By Mark Maske. Written in 2007, this is a look back at the 2006 season for all of the teams in the N.F.C. Eastern Division, the Giants, Eagles, Redskins, and the Cowboys. It talks about Bill Parcells leaving, and Tony Romo as well.

    “The Best Dallas – Ft. Worth Sports Arguments” By Jaime Aron. Written in 2007, this book is basically about the 100 most debatable sports questions about teams in the north Texas area. There are sections about college football teams, the Texas Rangers, and the Dallas Mavericks basketball team. AND, an entire section of the book is, of course, devoted to the Dallas Cowboys.

    “Tony Romo, America’s Next Quarterback” By Mac Engel. Written in 2007, this is the first book in the collection about new QB Tony Romo. It’s kind of surprising … you look at it, and it seems to be just another coffee table book, then, you begin to read it, and you realize that it tells a pretty thorough tale about the 2003 season, under Parcells, and of Romo being 3rd string behind Quincy Carter and Chad Hutchinson. Then, he goes into the 2004 season, and how they had to go with Vinny Testaverde. Then, he again goes in depth into the 2005 season, where Romo was still behind Drew Bledsoe. Then, he goes into the 2006 season, where the book dives into his finally taking over the team in mid-season, and right through the 5th game of the 2007 season.

    The team started printing annual “yearbooks,” in 1980. For the first 10 years, they made really nice, HARDBOUND editions, before they went cheap and started printing them in paperback in 1990. The book collection contains the first 10 years of beautiful, perfect condition HARBOUND books.

    1) “The Dallas Cowboys: Official 1980 Bluebook” By the Dallas Cowboys organization. Written in 1980, this chronicles the team’s history from 1960 to the spring of 1980.

    2) “The Dallas Cowboys: Official 1981 Bluebook” By the Dallas Cowboys organization. Written in 1981, this chronicles the team’s history from 1960 to the spring of 1981.

    3) “The Dallas Cowboys: Official 1982 Bluebook” By the Dallas Cowboys organization. Written in 1982, this chronicles the team’s history from 1960 to the spring of 1982.

    4) “The Dallas Cowboys: Official 1983 Bluebook” By the Dallas Cowboys organization. Written in 1983, this chronicles the team’s history from 1960 to the spring of 1983.

    5) “The Dallas Cowboys: Official 1984 Bluebook” By the Dallas Cowboys organization. Written in 1984, this chronicles the team’s history from 1960 to the spring of 1984.

    6) “The Dallas Cowboys: Official 1985 Bluebook” By the Dallas Cowboys organization. Written in 1985, this chronicles the team’s history from 1960 to the spring of 1985.

    7) “The Dallas Cowboys: Official 1986 Bluebook” By the Dallas Cowboys organization. Written in 1986, this chronicles the team’s history from 1960 to the spring of 1986.

    8) “The Dallas Cowboys: Official 1987 Bluebook” By the Dallas Cowboys organization. Written in 1987, this chronicles the team’s history from 1960 to the spring of 1987.

    9) “The Dallas Cowboys: Official 1988 Bluebook” By the Dallas Cowboys organization. Written in 1988, this chronicles the team’s history from 1960 to the spring of 1988.

    10) “The Dallas Cowboys: Official 1989 Bluebook” By the Dallas Cowboys organization. Written in 1989, this chronicles the team’s history from 1960 to the spring of 1989.

    1) Super Bowl VI – Official Game Program Printed on January 16th, 1972, this is the actual program sold at the game.

    2) Super Bowl XII – Official Game Program
    Printed on January 15th, 1978, this is the actual program sold at the game.

    3) Super Bowl XXVII – Official Game Program
    Printed on January 31st, 1993, this is the actual program sold at the game.

    4) Super Bowl XXVIII – Official Game Program Printed on January 30th, 1994, this is the actual program sold at the game.

    5) Super Bowl XXX – Official Game Program
    Printed on January 28th, 1996, this is the actual program sold at the game. (Super Bowl XXX program is in a hard bound cover)

    6) Beckett Tribute – Magazine issue Celebrating All 5 of the Dallas Cowboy’s Super Bowl Championships.
    Printed in the spring of 1996, this Beckett magazine has the entire chronology of the Cowboy’s five world championships.

    7) Time Magazines
    A) January 17th, 1972, with Roger Staubach and Bob Griese on the cover.
    B) January 16th, 1978, with the Cowboys and the Broncos on the cover.

    8) Dallas Cowboys Comic Books
    A) The Dallas Cowboys and Spiderman.
    B) The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Spiderman.
    C) Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys.

    8) The Dallas Morning News Daily Paper
    A) February 1st, 1993 issue, with a special section of Super Bowl XXVII coverage. Also includes February 1993 Super Bowl issue of Dallas Cowboys Official Weekly insert.

    B) January 31st, 1994 issue, with a special section of Super Bowl XXVIII coverage. Also includes February 1994 Super Bowl issue of Dallas Cowboys Official Weekly insert.

    C) January 29th, 1996 issue, with a special section of Super Bowl XXX coverage. Also includes February 1996 Super Bowl issue of Dallas Cowboys Official Weekly insert.

    “Boys Will Be Boys” The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty.” Written by Jeff Pearlman. Due out September 30th, 2008.

    “Troy Aikman and the Dallas Cowboys,” Super Bowl XXVII Written by Michael Sandler. Due out September 30th, 2008

    “Dallas Cowboys Crossword Puzzles”
    Due August 1st, 2008

  • Nick Phillips

    Anyone out there got a book I DON’T have? Please let me know! Then I can start to hunt it down to add to my collection, thanks! LOVE THEM COWBOYS!!! I’ve read all my books, at least 3 times each! (With the exception of those last three, which are not OUT yet!)

  • Wow. I’m going to have to take some time to double-check my stuff. I only have one Bluebook (1985), and I have only a few of the biographies. There are some others you’ve mentioned that I may need to track down. Thanks, Nick.

  • Fred Goodwin

    Right now, Cowboys Pride is hosting a chat with Richard Brenner, children’s author. Later this fall, Brenner’s publisher will release a new book about Tony Romo and Ben Rothlisberger.

    Brenner previously wrote books about Troy Aikman / Steve Young, and Deion Sanders / Brett Favre.

  • Nick Phillips

    No problem, Kickholder, Obviously, some books are better than others. “The Boys,” the story of he 1992 seaosn is great, on the other hand, Deion Sander’s book is mostly about religion, and, not so great. But I try to buy them all. Herschel Walker JUST published one, and 90% of it is about his psychological disorder. He writes that he has multiple personality disorder – can you believe it??? Only 10% of the book is about his life with the Cowboys. Fred, I’ll try and finf the Richard Brenner book, thanks. I’ll try to track that book down about Aikman/Young/Sanders/Favre. Having all of their yearbooks is cool. But, I never attempted it because, well, they’re full of numbers. (Not exactly the most scintillating reading I’ve ever attempted. :o) But, I saw you were one of the volunteer experts, that’s cool. MY area of “expertise” could be summed up by my knowledge of their GAMES, which I watch all the time. Maybe I might try to register as a fact finder myself. It’s neat that you have all the info of the team in those media guides. Did you know the Cowboys will send you one free? I’ve talked to Rick Dalrymple several times, and met him up in Oxnard at their training camp 3 years back. (I’m down in San Diego, CA.) I just call him and say I’m a member of the media, nd they mail one right out. Course, I only own a couple of the guides. Maybe they would get miffed if I called EVERY summer to get one. Anyway, this site is COOL!

  • Fred Goodwin

    Nick, I never tried to order a free media guide, but I did try to scam my way into a media pass for training camp back in the mid-90s when it was still in Austin.

    I tried to pass myself off as representing a training camp website (my own), but they weren’t buying it (this was way before the Cowboys got on the web, when it was mostly a fan phenomenon).

    Later, I hosted an online training camp chat for the web-side of the local Austin paper — I tried to work a media credential through them, but the old-media side of the newspaper had absolutely no respect for the new-media side, and none of them could get a media credential for themselves, much less some unpaid volunteer fan hosting a web-chat!

    By the way, I didn’t include the media guides in my booklist, but maybe I should.

  • Fred Goodwin

    Finally! A Bob Lilly bio (due Sept 10, 2008)

    A Cowboy’s Life (Hardcover)

    http://www.amazon.com/Cowboys-Life-Bob-Lilly/dp/1600781012/

    by Bob Lilly (Author), Kristine Clark (Author), Roger Staubach (Foreword)
    List Price: $24.95

    # Hardcover: 256 pages
    # Publisher: Triumph Books (September 10, 2008)
    # Language: English
    # ISBN-10: 1600781012
    # ISBN-13: 978-1600781018

    Book Description

    Bob Lilly is Mr. Cowboy. The humble man from Throckmorton, Texas, often called “the greatest defensive tackle in NFL history,” shares his life’s journey for the first time in A Cowboy’s Life. Lilly recounts his humble beginnings in Texas, being the first player ever drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1961, his induction into the Ring of Honor, and his passion for photography. It’s all here: Lilly’s innumerable successes, his injuries, the stories of what he did after he retired from the Cowboys, and what he is doing today. Well supplemented with many never-before-published photographs taken by Lilly himself, A Cowboy’s Life is the real story of Mr. Cowboy, straight from the man who lived it all.

    From the Publisher

    “A man like that comes along once in a lifetime. He is something a little more than great. Nobody is better than Bob Lilly.”
    –Tom Landry

    “Regardless of whether Bob was double-teamed or even triple-teamed, he’d still beat you. There were times when he didn’t even confront the opposition at all. He would either jump over them, go around them, or strategically outsmart them by making the play.”
    –Roger Staubach, from the foreword

  • Fred Goodwin

    Recent & Pending releases of new Dallas Cowboy books:

    Sep 2009:

    • The Story of the Dallas Cowboys, by Scott Caffrey (juvenile)

    Nov 2008:

    • Terrell Owens, by Diane Marczely Gimpel (juvenile)

    Oct 2008:

    • Tony Romo, by Chuck Bednar (juvenile)

    Sep 2008:

    • A Cowboy’s Life, by Bob Lilly and Kristine Clark
    • Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty, by Jeff Pearlman
    • The Dallas Cowboys Crossword Puzzle Book, by Brendan Emmett Quigley
    • Dallas Cowboys: An Interactive Guide to the World of Sports, by Daniel Brush, David Horne, Marc Maxwell, and David Jimenez
    • Greatest Team Ever: The Dallas Cowboys Dynasty of the 1990s, Texas Stadium Commemorative Edition, by Norm Hitzges
    • 100 Things Cowboys Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, by Ed Housewright
    • Playing to Win: Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys, by David Magee
    • Texas Stadium: America’s Home Field — Reliving the Legends and the Legendary Moments, by Mac Engel
    • Tony Romo / Ben Roethlisberger: A dual-biography of two football superstars, by Richard Brenner (juvenile)
    • T.O.’s Finding Fitness: Making the Mind, Body, and Spirit Connection for Total Health, by Terrell Owens, Buddy Primm and Courtney Parker

    Aug 2008:

    • NFC East: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, by KC Kelley (juvenile)
    • Troy Aikman and the Dallas Cowboys: Super Bowl XXVII, by Michael Sandler (juvenile)

    Apr 2008:

    • Breaking Free: My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder, by Herschel Walker and Jerry Mungadze

    Jan 2008:

    • From Selma to the Super Bowl: The Story of a Boy from the Bottoms, by Leroy Hill (father of Tony Hill) and Joyce Foy

    Nov 2007:

    • Tony Romo: America’s Next Quarterback, by Mac Engel

    Oct 2007:

    • The Best Dallas-Ft Worth Sports Arguments: The 100 Most Controversial, Debatable Questions for Die-Hard Fans, by Jaime Aron

    Sep 2007:

    • Play-by-Play: Tales from a Sportscasting Insider, by Bill Mercer (Cowboys broadcaster in the 60s)
    • The Dallas Cowboys, by Mark Stewart (juvenile)
    • The Water Boy: From the Sidelines to the Owner’s Box, by Bob Ackles and Ian Mulgrew (Ackles was in the Cowboys front office, 1986-1991)
    • Then Landry Said to Staubach: The Best Dallas Cowboys Stories Ever Told, by Walt Garrison and Mark Stallard

    Aug 2007:

    • Greatest Team Ever: The Dallas Cowboys Dynasty of the 1990s, by Norm Hitzges

    Apr 2007:

    • America’s Team: the Dallas Cowboys, by David Aretha (juvenile)
    • Suicide Peak, by Rick Suttle (fiction) (DCC)

  • Fred Goodwin

    September looks to be a banner month for new books about the Dallas Cowboys, the hi-lite being obviously the long-awaited Bob Lilly bio.

    “Greatest Team Ever” is being reissued, there’s a new bio of Jerry Jones, and a book about Texas Stadium, “America’s Home Field” — I love it!

    “Boys Will be Boys” sounds like a typical anti-Cowboy hatchet job, but I’ll reserve judgment until I actually read it.

  • Many thanks for the new titles, Fred. We’re coming up on the 50th anniversary, so it makes sense that even more books will come out over the next couple of years.

  • Fred Goodwin

    One last list (for now).

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    More books about the Dallas Cowboys: 2000 — 2006

    2006

    • Glory Days: Life with the Dallas Cowboys, 1972-1998 by Thomas Buchanan (Hardcover – Oct 25, 2006)
    • Cowboys Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan! (Essential) by Frank Luksa and Roger Staubach (Hardcover – Sep 2006)
    • Captain Crash and the Dallas Cowboys by Cliff Harris (Hardcover – Aug 15, 2006)
    • Tales from the Dallas Cowboys by Cliff Harris and Charlie Waters (Paperback – Aug 15, 2006)
    • Dallas Cowboys: Quips & Quotes by Alan Burton (Paperback – Aug 4, 2006)
    • Game of My Life: Dallas Cowboys (Game of My Life) by Jean-Jacques Taylor (Hardcover – Aug 1, 2006)
    • The Dallas Cowboys by Mark Stewart (Feb 2006)
    Dallas Cowboys: Facts and Trivia by Gary W. Stratton (Jan-06)

    2005

    • Wright up Front: Dallas Cowboys Legend Rayfield Wright by Rayfield Wright with Jeannette Devader (Dec 2005)
    • When the Tuna Went Down to Texas: The Story of Bill Parcells and the Dallas Cowboys by Mike Shropshire (Paperback – Nov 1, 2005)
    • The Ice Bowl: The Cold Truth About Football’s Most Unforgettable Game by Ed Gruver (Paperback – Oct 1, 2005)
    • Landry’s Boys: An Oral History Of A Team And An Era by Peter Golenbock (Hardcover – Sep 30, 2005)
    • Where Have All Our Cowboys Gone? by Brian Jensen (Paperback – Sep 25, 2005)
    • Dat: Tackling Life and the NFL by Dat Nguyen, Rusty Burson, and Darren Woodson (Hardcover – Aug 17, 2005)
    • In Life, First You Kick Ass: Reflections on the 1985 Bears and Wisdom from Da Coach by Mike Ditka and Rick Telander (Hardcover – Aug 15, 2005)
    • Dallas Cowboys by Nate Leboutillier (Aug 2005)
    • NFC East: National Football Conference East (Inside the NFL) by Nick Welsh (Library Binding – Aug 2005)
    • Dallas Cowboys (Super Bowl Champions) (Super Bowl Champions) by Aaron Frisch (Library Binding – Jul 30, 2005)

    2004

    • Legends of the Dallas Cowboys by Cody Monk (Hardcover – Oct 2004)
    • When the Tuna Went Down to Texas: How Bill Parcells Led the Cowboys Back to the Promised Land by Mike Shropshire (Hardcover – Aug 31, 2004)
    • In Control: The Rebirth of an NFL Legend by Thomas Henderson and Frank Luksa (Paperback – Aug 2004)
    • The History of Dallas Cowboys: NFL Today by Brian Hawkes (Hardcover – Aug 2004)

    2003

    • Stadium Stories: Dallas Cowboys: Colorful Tales of America’s Team by Brad Sham (Paperback – Oct 1, 2003)
    • Emmitt Smith by Kimberly Gatto (Oct 2003)
    • Tales from the Dallas Cowboys by Cliff Harris and Charlie Waters (Hardcover – Sep 5, 2003)
    • NFC East: The Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Washington Redskins (Inside the NFL) by Nick Welsh (Library Binding – Aug 2003)

    2002

    • Emmitt Smith: Record-Breaking Rush to Glory by Roland Lazenby and Mike Ashley (Hardcover – Dec 2002)
    • The Long Road to Glory: Emmitt Smith’s Run to the All-Time NFL Rushing Record by Roland Lazenby (Oct 2002)
    • Roger Staubach Captain America: Captain America Personal Memories and Anecdotes About the Super Bowl-Winning Quarterback of America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys (Great American Sports Legends Series) by Mike Towle (Paperback – Sep 1, 2002)

    2001

    • Texas Football Trilogy by Mitchell Krugel (Paperback – Dec 15, 2001)
    • Where Have All Our Cowboys Gone? by Brian Jensen (Hardcover – Nov 25, 2001)
    • Great Sports Teams – The Dallas Cowboys (Great Sports Teams) by John F. Grabowski (Hardcover – Nov 15, 2001)
    • Dallas Cowboys (NFL Today) (NFL Today) by John Nichols (Hardcover – Aug 31, 2001)
    • Dallas Cowboys (Championship Teams Series) by Steve Potts (Library Binding – Aug 2001)

    2000

    • Cotton Bowl Days: Growing Up with Dallas and the Cowboys in the 1960s by John Eisenberg (Paperback – Sep 1, 2000)
    • Troy Aikman: NFL, James Buckley Jr.; Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff (Sep 2000)
    • Dallas Cowboys, John Nichols (Aug 2000)
    • Landry: The Legend And The Legacy by Bob St. John (Hardcover – Jul 18, 2000)
    • The Book of Landry by Jennifer Briggs Kaski (Hardcover – Mar 25, 2000)

  • Fred Goodwin

    Here’s one I forgot for 2003:

    How to Grow a Winning Quarterback by Jerry Rhome (Paperback – Jun 11, 2003)

  • Fred Goodwin

    I don’t know how in the world I missed these; I even have the hardcover version!

    2006 Hail Mary – The Drew Pearson Story by Drew, Pearson, Jim, O. Rogers, and Frank, Luksa (Paperback)
    2004 Hail Mary: The Drew Pearson Story (Hardcover) by Drew Pearson

  • Great List!
    I was just searching google and found this, heh.
    I collect this stuff and have most of these books. You guys should stop in Half Price Books next time your in Dallas. Its on NWHY and I75. I stop in once and a while and carfully check the books out. You may find some with auto’s and I have found some special Blue Books in there. Special meaning 1980 front cover bottom in Gold “Compements of the Dallas Cowboys”. 1981 cover bottom in Gold “Compliments of Central Freight Lines”. I almost always find somthing good there. Dont have much time now, I spent to much time reading this page, will come back later and sign up.

  • Shawn: you have great website

  • thanks Fred,
    You are true credit for all Dallas Cowboys fans.

    Here are a couple more hardcover books.
    A Decade of Dreams – Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Mary Candace Evans, 1982.

    We Love You Cowboys – The whole heartwarming story of a pro football team’s rise to greatness. Bob St. John, 1982.

    Cowboys Have Always Been MY heroes – The Definitive Oral History Of America’s Team by Peter Golenbock 1997. Autographed edition from the publisher.

    Special Blue Books
    1980 Blue Book, Comliments of the Dallas Cowboys.
    1981 Blue Book, Compliments of Central Freight Lines.
    1981 Blue Book, KIX 106FM.
    1981 Blue Book, Compliments of Taylor Publishing Company.
    1981 Blue Book, Compliments of RepublicBank of Oak Cliff.

    I also collect the paper back copies of the books on this list. I keep them seperated from hardback copies and will have to go through them later. Game Programs should be on this list also, but it would take up whole page. Dallas Cowboys Wives Cookbooks should also be on this list.

    The Dallas Morning News Season Preview Special Insert. I missed a few years and these and not sure what year they started. It comes out before preseason starts.
    1992 – Return to Glory.
    1994 – back… to back… TO BACK!
    1995 – Dallas Defese No.1 in the NFL.
    1996 – Prime Time Goes Full Time.
    1997 – Fighting Back.
    2001 – Goin’ Deep
    2002 – Emmitt Smith Run to History!
    2003 – Bill Parcels
    2007 – Preview
    2008 – Preview

    I have searched high and low for a copy of the 1990 Bluebook, but have never even seen one. No collector that I have come accross has a copy. Anyone have a copy of the 1990 Bluebook? Please send me an e-mail. s22dcfan@dallascowboyscollectorsguide.com
    Title e-mail “Dallas Cowboys Books”.

  • Shawn, I’ve searched high and low since 1990 looking for that missing Blue Book, but I’ve never seen or heard of one for that year.

    I have a few game programs, not too many, because I collect only for those games I actually attend. The exception is playoff games — I have about 90% of all the Cowboys playoff game programs. Much tougher are playoff game media guides — I have only a few of those.

    But I do have a complete run of 42 Super Bowl programs, including the extremely hard to get SB V, and a two-team (stadium) version of SB IV.

    If you ever buy a SB IV program (e.g., on eBay) be sure and ask if its the two-team (stadium) version.

    The NFL also produced a four team “collector’s edition” that is much less desirable and hence should cost much less.

    Speaking of 2- vs. 4-team versions, I’ve never found a 2-team version of the SB 28 program — apparently the NFL sold a 4-team version even in the stadium. I wrote a letter to NFL Properties and they confirmed that they did not produce a 2-team version of SB-28.

  • jerry

    I have all the hardback bluebooks from 1980 to 1989 and the sofbacks thru 1998….are they worth anything? I am retired and have no son to leave them to so might sell them soon…

  • jerry

    I don’t believe there was a 1990 Bluebook because that is the year Jerrry Jones decided to take it from Taylor Publishing Co and make all the money himself and of course, he changed it to a paperback starting in 1991 because it was CHEAPER….. I was distributing the Dallas Cowboy Weekly for them at the time and that changed, too, for the worse….and I also lost my access to Valley Ranch and the whole concept changed and just wasn’t fun anymore….I did keep doing it until 1998, then passed it on to a friend that had other newspapers that he distributed anyway…

  • Jerry, thanx for the update re: the missing 1990 Bluebook. There is some precedent for taking the publication in-house.

    In 1974, the Cowboys published a one-time, in-house paperback / magazine pre-season yearbook which I think was called the Bluebook, in direct competition with Dave Campbell’s Dallas Cowboys Outlook.

    Campbell had been publishing his Dallas Cowboys Outlook since the mid-to-late 60s, and he did a great job of covering the upcoming Cowboys season, as well as reviewing the previous season.

    The Cowboys (I assume it was Schramm’s idea) eventually talked Campbell out of continuing his Outlook, sometime in the early-to-mid 80s. Of course, by that time, the Cowboys and Taylor were publishing the official Bluebook in direct competition with Campbell’s older Cowboys yearbook / annual.

    Its too bad Campbell folded the Outlook. As the Ranch Report has ably demonstrated, there is room for more than one weekly publication covering the Cowboys, if for no other reason than editorial independence.

    So too, the annual pre-season Outlook was an independent version of the Bluebook, with a refreshing third-party POV of the Cowboys that is sorely missed.

  • Shane Starbuck

    I have a mint condition Dallas Cowboys official yearbook and wonder if its worth anything

  • Shane Starbuck

    its from 1995

  • Depending on its condition, it is worth whatever you as a seller and a willing buyer are able to agree on.

    I already have a copy, but if I were in the market for a copy, I’d probably pay between $15-$20 for it, again, depending on its condition and how badly I wanted it (more bidders will naturally drive up the final price).

    Have you tried listing it on eBay?

  • To anyone reading this: the original links above no longer work, but the current (and constantly updated) book lists are posted at the Dallas Cowboy Books Facebook page:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dallas-Cowboy-Books-Blog/99581861878

  • I found a Meredith biography (albeit over ten years old):

    The Franklin County Historical Association has a Don Meredith biography for sale. ‘Memories of Don Meredith and Hometown Mount Vernon’ was written by Jean Pamplin in 1999. It can be ordered by mail for those who can’t make it to Mount Vernon. Send a check for $15 to Franklin County Historical Association, PO Box 289, Mount Vernon, TX 75457.

    Fans have long wished for a Meredith bio — this may be the best we can get.

  • Brian Miller

    I have a copy of The Dallas Cowboys: The Authorized Pictorial History [Hardcover] in excellent condition with both external hard sleeve and COA signed by Jerry Jones. Drop me a line if interested bmiller1991″at”gmail.com

  • Roylee1943

    i have dallas cowboys  1969 outlook book with bob lilly on  front  book has 96 pages it cost $1.oo
    it was sold   i wood like to sale