Top five: books for Cincinnati Bengals fans

Five of the best books for fans of the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Birth of Football’s Modern 4-3 Defense, TJ Troup

A year-by-year breakdown of how the modern 4-3 defense evolved in NFL football in the 1950s.

Review: Blood, Sweat and Chalk, Tim Layden

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

The $1 League, Jim Byrne

The story of the ill-fated United States Football League, which took on the NFL in the 1980s.

Paul Brown: The Man Who Invented Modern Football by George Cantor, review

Perhaps the most influential head coach of all time, Paul Brown is profiled in 10 games from his career in George Cantor's book.

Loser Takes All by Ed Fowler, review

An angry examination of the mismanagement of the Houston Oilers franchise and the organisation's departure for Tennessee.

The Dynasty by Jeff Benedict, review

The New England Patriots have dominated the NFL for two decades. With unprecedented access to the organisation’s key figures, Jeff Benedict examines the reasons for their success.

From Colts to Ravens by John Steadman, review

John Steadman covered Baltimore football for more than 50 years. This book shares his inside view.

The Yucks by Jason Vuic, review

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost their first 26 games as a franchise. The Yucks tells the story.

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.
Kansas City Chiefs legend and Hall of Fame Willie Lanier gets a long-overdue biography, written by Joe Zagorski.
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.