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The Redskins Encyclopedia

A book by Michael Richman

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Without question, it is the definitive popular reference on the history of the Redskins.

  • Nov 4, 2007
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This book is clearly a labor of love, the love of the Washington Redskins football team. It chronicles the history of the team from the first days of the franchise when the National Football League (NFL) was struggling. George Preston Marshall was the original owner of the team, purchasing the Newark Tornadoes franchise that had folded the year before. Originally located in Boston and known as the Braves, the team struggled on the field and at the box office. That name lasted a year until they moved to Fenway Park. Marshall wanted to keep a name with an Indian theme and thought that Redskins would be more akin to the Boston Red Sox. The team moved to Washington, D. C. where they have remained ever since.
The first part of the book is a season-by-season summary of the team from 1932 through 2006. Many photographs and explanatory sidebars serve to expand on the summaries. Detailed descriptions of the greatest players in Redskins history, appropriately titled "Washington Monuments" fills up the next section. Following that is a section called "Best of the Rest" where there are shorter descriptions of players not considered truly great. An enormous assortment of detailed team records covering all aspects of the game is included in an appendix. If the record is not in this collection, then it probably does not matter.
This is a book that all Redskins fans should have on their coffee table or in their bookshelf. I can envision each member of a group of hard-core fans reading this book, arguing over statistical points and then reaching for this book to settle the issue(s). Without question, it is the definitive popular reference on the history of the Redskins.

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review by . March 23, 2008
The Redskins Encyclopedia is definitely a must have for Redskins fans. I am not even a Redskins fan and I found it thoroughly engaging and interesting, which is quite a feat for a text heavy encyclopedic history of a professional football team I don't even root for.     The bulk of the book is dedicated to a chronological history of the Washington Redskins' franchise from its origin in 1932 as the Boston Braves through 2006.    The book provides a review of …
review by . October 15, 2007
'The Redskins Encyclopedia' is a wonderful resource for all 'skins fans out there who want to learn more about the history of the 3x Super Bowl champions. Packed with all the history that Joe Gibbs would give the stamp of approval on, this is a great gift for any Redskins fan that wants to enjoy the past, present, and future of one of the NFL's most storied franchises.    Hail to the pigs and Hail to the Redskins!!!    ***** RECOMMENDED
review by . October 15, 2007
I'll be concsise. If you want an enclopedia tomb of all things Redskins, then this is a great resource.  If you want a coffee table book with pretty photos, look elsewhere.    Seriously, I would have loved to have some color photos in this book. That would have really raised the bar. Alas, this is truly encyclopedic and not much fun to "look" at. A die-hard Skins fan football fanatic would love this, don't get me wrong. But for the causual fan, I would not recommend …
review by . October 10, 2007
Though my family's from Texas, I spent a lot of time growing up in the Washington, DC, suburbs, so I certainly appreciate the history and occasional runs of glory of the Redskins franchise and the integral role the team plays in the city's identity and sense of itself (far more than, for example, the Seahawks do here in Seattle). So from that basis, I can comfortably say that 'Skins fans of most any vintage will find a lot in this "encyclopedia" to treasure. It's a book that lends itself both to …
review by . September 25, 2007
. . . for fans of one of the most storied franchises in NFL history.    The aptly named "Redskins Encyclopedia" takes the reader all the way back to the founding of the team in Boston, through its move to Washington, DC in the early 1930's, and on through the present (the Joe Gibbs era, round 2). Every season is described in detail, as is every playoff game. Also featured are biographies of Redskins greats (and near-greats -- a nice added feature) throughout the decades. Along …
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"For Redskins fans, this book is a treasure-trove of stories, facts, anecdotes and quotes ... It's as detailed as a Joe Gibbs game plan, as far-reaching as a Jurgensen to Taylor post pattern, and as enjoyable as a victory over the Cowboys!" ----Steve Sabol, President of NFL Films
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ISBN-10: 1592135420
ISBN-13: 978-1592135424
Author: Michael Richman
Genre: Reference, Sports
Publisher: Temple University Press
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