A lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan and sports columnist for the Baltimore Sun presents a warm, nostalgic look at growing up with his favorite men, profiling the then-young team's players, their city, and the Cotton Bowl. 17,500 first printing.
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Long before the Cowboys proclaimed themselves America's team, they were just another group of expansion cast-offs and NFL wannabes struggling through one miserable season after another. The city of Dallas was also struggling through those years, trying desperately to emerge from a darkness associated with the Kennedy assassination. What the Cowboys offered back then, even in defeat, was a magnet for civic pride. John Eisenberg is just four years older than the team, and Cotton Bowl Days is a tale of growing up--a boy's and a team's; they are that intertwined. The book's strength lies in Eisenberg's willingness to honestly confront history--his own, his city's, and the Cowboys'. Interviews with several players add vivid texture to strong reportage and a graceful pen. What ultimately emerges is a portrait of an era filled with mixed blessings, a team that could both rouse a town and ignore its own racism, and a man disposed to confront his boyhood in quest of truth rather than nostalgia.About the Author:
John Eisenberg is a columnist for the Baltimore Sun.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110684831201