Review of America’s Team: The Official History of the Dallas Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys played their 25th season in 1984, and with the anniversary came many collectibles. Carlton Stowers produced one of the better illustrated books about the team’s history in Dallas Cowboys: The First 25 Years.

The Cowboys are celebrating their 50th anniversary this season, and author Jeff Sullivan has produced a book that is favorably comparable to Stowers’ classic. In America’s Team: the Official History of the Dallas Cowboys, Sullivan interviewed many of the major contributors throughout the team’s history. The quotes from these legends alone make the book worth the purchase, but the book also features several scores of great classic pictures. Although I had seen several of these pictures in various books about the team, others were new to me.

The book addresses a few of the controversial aspects of the team but generally puts a positive spin on most stories. For instance, the book focuses its attention on Barry Switzer’s overall success with Sooners and Cowboys in terms of wins and losses rather than the constant criticism he received as the team’s coach from 1994 to 1997. Many other controversies aren’t mentioned at all, which is fitting for this type of book.

The book devotes some attention to the more recent members of the team, but thankfully Sullivan did not distort the true history of the team by focusing too heavily on Tony Romo et al. Sullivan addresses each of the decades with roughly equal weight.

The evaluation copy I received was a PDF file. If it tells you anything, I spent several hours scrolling through the file reading the interviews and stories and enjoying the illustrations. I can almost guarantee the book itself will be most impressive.

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As one of the most storied franchises in professional sports honors their 50 seasons of exciting football this year, Insight Editions will be celebrating as well with the publication of America’s Team: The Official History of the Dallas Cowboys. What makes it the official history? There’s a forward by team President Jerry Jones, unprecedented access to current and former players, historical archives and rarely seen photographs.

America’s Team opens with the inaugural season of 1960 and takes readers on a journey through five Super Bowl titles, 21 division titles, 33 playoff wins and numerous Hall of Fame careers. In the past 50 years, faces have changed, but the tradition has stayed the same—winning. The Cowboys have captivated people worldwide for half a century and given generations of fans a lifetime of memories. America’s Team captures those memories in this one-of-a-kind book.

It was January 17, 1993, the Cowboys had just knocked off the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game and were one step away from winning the first of three Super Bowls in a span of just four years when Jimmy Johnson coined the phrase “How ’bout them Cowboys?” America’s Team answers that question with 400 pages of just how a fledgling upstart became an international icon. The book also includes the unveiling of the Dallas Cowboys Golden Anniversary Team, never-before told stories from nearly 100 Cowboy players and personnel, including every living member of the famed Ring of Honor, a bonus chapter devoted to America’s Sweethearts (the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders) and original essays by sports icons such as Pat Summerall, Dan Jenkins and Vern Lundquist.