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From Darkness to Dynasty
From Darkness to Dynasty (4 Formats) ›
By Jerry Thornton, Foreword by Michael Holley
Trade Paper Price 19.95

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ISBN 9781629378619

Published Dec 2020

Long before the Patriots took the 21st century by storm and became the most dominant team in NFL history, pro football was something entirely different in New England, something comically atrocious and riddled with heartbreak. Before those juggernaut years of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and sold-out crowds at Gillette Stadium came a hapless franchise that managed only a single playoff victory in a quarter century and spent its entire first decade of existence just trying to establish a permanent home field (and even when they did, none of the toilets worked). In From Darkness to Dynasty, bestselling author Jerry Thornton irreverently chronicles those easily glossed-over, downtrodden decades--years when the team claimed more headlines for lawsuits, arrests, power struggles, drug problems, and inept, bizarre, behavior from players, coaches, and owners than for anything they accomplished on the field. Relive the behind-the-scenes dysfunction, the turmoil of prolonged irrelevance, and the improbable way the Patriots finally ascended to greatness. By turns hilarious and eye-opening, this is an essential history for fans and disparagers alike, and a pointed reminder that the best stories of triumph start with humble beginnings.
Six Rings
Six Rings (4 Formats) ›
By Jerry Thornton
Trade Paper Price 19.95

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ISBN 9781629378626

Published Nov 2020

Revised and updated for 2020! The New England Patriots' feat of six Super Bowls in 17 years represents the gold standard of dominance every sports franchise strives for. With Bill Belichick and Tom Brady at the helm, the Patriots' unlikely victory back in February 2002 became a fulcrum that tipped decades of failure into a run of dynastic success. In this revised and updated edition, bestselling author Jerry Thornton provides a behind-the-scenes look at each of the team's six championships, revealing the adversity they faced and reveling in the hard-fought victories they earned. This is the story of a franchise, a culture, and a people told from a true fan's perspective. It's about a franchise that has seemingly dealt only in extremes, hated by the nation in a way that has only fortified the strength of its supporters. Most of all, it's a story about remarkable people defying history to write their own. Six Rings is the must-read account of this unforgettable era in football.