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The Redskins Encyclopedia

A book by Michael Richman

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Must Have Resource for Washington Redskins Fans

  • Mar 23, 2008
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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 each and every season in Redskins history, and what a history it has been. You have the 1940's with Slinging Sammy Baugh and a few World Championships. You get to relive the topsy-turvy 1970's under coach George Allen when the team lost Super Bowl VII to the undefeated Miami Dolphins. You can recapture the glory years under Joe Gibbs and the heyday of the team in the 1980's, winning three Super Bowls. And then you can lament, if you are a Redskins fan, the post-Gibbs era and the recent return of Gibbs to save a franchise mired in mediocrity that persists today (and will like to continue to do so under the meddlesome owner Dan Snyder).

During the journey you will meet the great players and characters throughout Redskins history and get an excellent feel for the deep history and historical ebbs and flows of this long tenured franchise.

One of the nice touches of this work is that it breaks Redskins history into eras. Before each era the book provides introductory insights into the franchise and where it was at and where it was headed before delving into season by season reviews. This provides context and continuity.

It also uses text boxes to provide greater detail about seminal Redskins owners, executives, and players. The text boxes provide some excellent information while nicely breaking up the text, making it more reader friendly.

One section of the book consists of mini-biographies of all the great Washington Redskins players, coaches, owners, and executives in the history of the franchise. I thought I would skim through this section quickly but it captured my attention so much I read through the entire section.

The last part of the book provides what most encyclopedias are supposed to provide, all-time team results, records, and other various statistics about the team.

Overall I found this to be a very through and engaging treatment of the history of the Washington Redskins.

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review by . November 04, 2007
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 …
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 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 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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