LATEST

Friday Night Lights by HG Bissinger, review

Friday Night Lights, which chronicles a Texas high school football team's quest for glory, remains an essential read.

STRATEGY

Review: Inside the Helmet by Peter King

An enjoyable snapshot of early 1990s football and an engaging insight into how players think on the field make this worth a look.

Review: The Perfect Pass by SC Gwynne

Hal Mumme and Mike Leach played a massive role in shaping modern football. The Perfect Pass tells the riveting story of how they did it.

Review: So You Think You Know Football? by Ben Austro

Ben Austro's So You Think You Know Football? offers a chance for fans to not only test their knowledge but also to understand why the rules work the way they do.

Review: The Hidden Game of Football by Bob Carroll, Pete Palmer & John Thorn

The Hidden Game of Football essentially created the field of football analytics. It changed how sportswriters and analysts looked at the game.

Review: Blood, Sweat and Chalk, Tim Layden

Tim Layden breaks down 22 different plays, schemes and formations that changed football strategy.

The Games That Changed the Game, Ron Jaworski

Ron Jaworski breaks down seven games that had a game-changing influence on NFL strategy.

INTERVIEWS

John Feinstein: ‘I’m not their buddy but I want them to be comfortable with me’

Prolific sports writer John Feinstein discusses the life of an NFL quarterback and how he gains the trust of his subjects.

Lars Anderson: ‘Bryant and Saban were identical from shoulders up’

Lars Anderson, author of nine football books, on Bear Bryant and Nick Saban as Alabama coaches, and his writing career to date.

Peter King: ‘I like writing things that haven’t been written before’

A sportswriter and author with almost 40 years experience, Peter King talks about his writing approach, favourite football books and one book he wish had been written.

FOOTBALL HISTORY

NFL 100 by Craig Ellenport, review

The 100 greatest moments from the NFL's first 100 years is one of those ideas that was waiting to be done. Craig Ellenport, former senior editor at NFL.com, has taken up the challenge.

COACH BIOS

Shula by Mark Ribowsky, review

Mark Ribowsky, whose books are divided between pop music and sport, turns to legendary Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula for his third football book.

INSIDE THE TEAM

Review: About Three Bricks Shy… by Roy Blount Jr

The 'writer embedded with the team' genre is now well established but in 1973 Roy Blount Jr was on relatively new ground when he spent a season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Review: The Last Season of Weeb Ewbank by Paul Zimmerman

In a book that pioneered the inside-the-team chronicle, legendary writer Paul Zimmerman follows Weeb Ewbank’s final season as Jets head coach.

Review: Bringing the Heat, Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden spends a year following the 1992 Philadelphia Eagles.

Paper Lion, George Plimpton

There aren't many football books that can boast a recommendation by Ernest Hemingway.

TEAM HISTORY

Review: Beyond Broadway Joe by Bob Lederer

Bob Lederer's Beyond Broadway Joe looks, as the title suggests, at the other players that formed the Super Bowl III-winning New Yorks Jets.

Review: Guts and Genius, Bob Glauber

Bill Walsh, Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs dominated the NFL in the 1980s. Bob Glauber looks at their careers.

Review: Collision of Wills, Jack Gilden

It would benefit from a tighter focus but this book on the tension between Don Shula and Johnny Unitas contains plenty of good anecdotes.

Best of Rivals, Adam Lazarus

Adam Lazarus tells the story of the bitter rivalry between Joe Montana and his backup Steve Young.

Boys Will Be Boys, Jeff Pearlman

Brilliantly written, meticulously researched and full of riveting stories, Boys Will Be Boys is an essential read.

PLAYER BIOS

Instant Replay, Jerry Kramer's diary of the Green Bay Packers' 1967 season, has rightly earned its place among the great football books.
An enthusiastic but honest biography of one of football's legendary figures, Ken 'Snake' Stabler.
John Feinstein recounts the story of the 2017 NFL season, as seen by four active QBs and one QB-turned-front office executive.

TEAM BUILDING

Gridiron Genius by Michael Lombardi, review

Former Patriots and Browns personnel man Michael Lombardi on the secrets of building a winning team.

Review: Sleepers, Busts and Franchise-Makers by Cliff Christl and Don Langenkamp

An excellent and entertaining overview of the history and development of the NFL Draft, published in 1980.

4th and Goal Every Day, Phil Savage

Inside the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Nick Saban 'Process' that has made the team dominant in recent years.

COFFEE TABLE

’69 Chiefs by Michael MacCambridge, review

Michael MacCambridge's 'labour of love' is a beautifully illustrated tribute to the Super Bowl-winning 1969 Kansas City Chiefs.

Review: The Pro Football Experience by David Boss

The Pro Football Experience is a collection of photos portraying game day, from the pre-game build-up, to the victory celebrations afterwards

Review: NFL 100 by Rob Fleder

There will be many books marking the NFL's 100th season over the next few months but this is the big one, the NFL's official tome, the one that gets the special logo and the fancy gold football on the cover.

Review: The Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book by Joe Horrigan and John Thorn

A chunky coffee table book, released for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 50th anniversary, that features photos of many exhibits from the Hall's collection.

FOOTBALL & SOCIETY

Friday Night Lights by HG Bissinger, review

Friday Night Lights, which chronicles a Texas high school football team's quest for glory, remains an essential read.

Review: Kansas City vs Oakland by Matthew C Ehrlich

Not entirely about football, Kansas City vs Oakland looks at how the rivalry between the cities played out in football, baseball and elsewhere.

Review: Scoreboard, Baby by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry

Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry's excellent book on the scandal-soaked 2000 Washington Huskies is an essential read.

Review: The Meaning of Sports by Michael Mandelbaum

Why do people watch sports? And, in particular, why do they watch the sports they do? These are the central concerns in The Meaning of Sports.

FOOTBALL BUSINESS

Review: Brand NFL by Michael Oriard

Academic and former Kansas City Chiefs player Michael Oriard examines the NFL's growth as a brand.

Big Game, Mark Leibovich

Mark Leibovich, who writes for the New York Times Magazine and mostly deals in the world of politics, goes behind the scenes of the NFL.

The Billion Dollar Game, Allen St John

Allen St John, a former Wall Street Journal writer, attempts to provide an overview of everything that goes into making the Super Bowl happen, with mixed results.

League of Denial, Mark Fainaru-Wada & Steve Fainaru

One of the most important books about American football today, and one that all contemporary fans should make time for.