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Review: How Football Explains America by Sal Paolantonio

ESPN journalist Sal Paolantonio's book, How Football Explains America, frequently feels like the material is being squeezed to fit the narrative.

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

Michael MacCambridge: ‘I never considered myself a proper sportswriter’

The author of some of the greatest football books, including America's Game and Chuck Noll: His Life's Work, talks about writing those and his next book.

Jack Gilden: ‘I was surprised how much the Colts revered Unitas’

Jack Gilden, author of Collision of Wills, talks about tracking down retired Colts, the importance of storytelling to sport and his mentors.

Gary Myers: ‘The Cowboys are a $5bn Mom and Pop operation’

Gary Myers, an author and journalist who has covered the NFL for 40 years talks about the Cowboys, writing and his favourite books.

HISTORY

Review: How Football Explains America by Sal Paolantonio

ESPN journalist Sal Paolantonio's book, How Football Explains America, frequently feels like the material is being squeezed to fit the narrative.

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.

COACH BIOS

Review: Coaching Confidential by Gary Myers

The pressures of being a head coach in the NFL are examined in Gary Myers' 2012 book.

Review: Hey, Wait a Minute (I Wrote a Book), John Madden

John Madden's first book is essentially an autobiography, but one written with the legendary coach's familiar, relaxed style.

Review: Fridays with Bill, John Powers

Fridays are when Bill Belichick is most talkative with the media and this book gathers some of the highlights.

Review: Son of Bum, Wade Phillips

Wade Phillips reflects on more than 40 years of coaching, including a decade spent coaching with his father, Bum Phillips.

Review: Finding the Winning Edge, Bill Walsh

One of the treasures of NFL books. Bill Walsh offers an in-depth view of the job of a head coach.

PLAYER BIOS

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.
Former Denver Bronco Nate Jackson writes an honest and amusing book about life in the NFL for a player "at the bottom of the pile".

COFFEE TABLE

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.

Review: The Other League by Jack Horrigan and Mike Rathet

Published in 1970, The Other League serves as a handsome memorial to the American Football League, which merged with the NFL after its 1969 season.

The Pros, Robert Riger & Tex Maule

The Pros collects work from Sports Illustrated photographer and illustrator Robert Riger, with commentary from Tex Maule.

Football, Walter Iooss Jr & Dan Jenkins

A collection of some of the greatest football photos taken by sports photography legend Walter Iooss Jr.

FOOTBALL & SOCIETY

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.

Brainwashed, Merril Hoge

In Brainwashed, Hoge argues that the evidence for a link between football and CTE is overstated, incomplete or mistaken and that it is being exaggerated by people who plan to use it to destroy football.

Not For Long, Robert W Turner

A timely book about the rights of players and what happens to them after their careers are over.

The Blind Side, Michael Lewis

The Blind Side traces the development of the left tackle and tells the story of Michael Oher, whose life may just be transformed by his physique.

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.