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In his latest effort, Pearlman (The Bad Guys Won!) tells the story of how the Dallas Cowboys went from being a league doormat to a Super Bowl–winning machine. It's the cast of characters that makes this story a page-turner, starting with controlling owner Jerry Jones; all-business coach Jimmy Johnson, who would cut a player without blinking; and star players Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith and Deion Sanders. Pearlman explores the many other people who bought into the philosophy that if you were going to be a Dallas Cowboy... you needed to live the life—and that meant, in the early '90s, plenty of infidelity, cocaine, nightly trips to gentleman's clubs and hangovers at practice. Pearlman interviewed nearly 150 members of the Cowboys organization for the book, but much of the terrific detail comes from such tangential folks as journalists, players' wives and staff at the local Cowboys restaurant. The anecdotes range from uplifting (the heartwarming story of quarterback Troy Aikman granting a wish to a dying boy) to raunchy (defensive end Chris Haley, while playing for the 49ers, often masturbated in the locker room). In the end, Pearlman has produced a narrative that is as entertaining as it is insightful.(Sept.)
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ISBN-10:  0061256803
Author:  Jeff Pearlman
Publisher:  Harper
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review by . March 14, 2012
Ordinarily, I wouldn't be caught dead reading a book about the Dallas Cowboys. This is the team, after all, which killed my original hometown team, the Buffalo Bills, in two consecutive Super Bowls. But Boys will be Boys was different. It caught my eye right off the bat because it was penned by the brilliant Jeff Pearlman, author of a fun rerun of the legendary 1986 New York Mets called The Bad Guys Won, and an outstanding, almost obsessively researched biography of enigmatic baseball star Barry …
review by . May 02, 2010
I sat down one Saturday to read Boys Will Be Boys, about the 1990 Dallas Cowboys, and couldn't put it down. This book chronicles the hard partying team that won three Super Bowls in four years and is definitively the team of the 1990's.    Given the drinking, drugs, women, and super hard partying this team engaged in during their run in the 1990's it is simply amazing that they were able to win championships. I'm not sure if it is a testament to just what phenomenal athletes …
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