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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,620 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Pearlman Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In similar fashion to his New York Times bestseller The Bad Guys Won! about the 1986 New York Mets, in Boys Will Be Boys, award-winning writer Jeff Pearlman chronicles the outrageous antics and dazzling talent of a team fueled by ego, sex, drugs—and unrivaled greatness. Rising from the ashes of a 1–15 season in 1989 to capture three Super Bowl trophies in four years, the Dallas Cowboys were guided by a swashbuckling, skirt-chasing, power-hungry owner, Jerry Jones, and his two eccentric, hard-living coaches, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer. Together the three built a juggernaut that America loved and loathed.

But for a team that was so dominant on Sundays, the Cowboys were often a dysfunctional circus the rest of the week. Irvin, nicknamed “The Playmaker,” battled dual addictions to drugs and women. Charles Haley, the defensive colossus, presided over the team’s infamous “White House,” where the parties lasted late into the night and a steady stream of long-legged groupies came and went. And then there were Smith and Sanders, whose Texas-sized egos were eclipsed only by their record-breaking on-field perfomances. With an unforgettable cast of characters and a narrative as hard-hitting and fast-paced as the team itself, Boys Will Be Boys immortalizes the most beloved—and despised—dynasty in NFL history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jeff Pearlman has written a rip-roaring book filled with terrific reporting and vibrant prose…It’s a flat-out winner.”

    Jonathan Eig, New York Times bestselling author of Opening Day

  • “A narrative that is as entertaining as it is insightful.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Pearlman, who seems to revel in the seamy side of sports—his The Bad Guys Won! was an account of the equally lecherous 1986 New York Mets—interviewed players, coaches, and others while also plumbing print sources. Yes, he dishes the dirt, but he also catches the team dynamic that fostered success as well as the infighting that led to disaster. Informative as well as titillating.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Slayerscott | 2/17/2014

    " The content is very entertaining and eye opening. My Dad's a big Cowboys fan so I followed this team in my early teens. I remember thinking of the on-field edition of Charles Haley being a "stabilizing veteran influence". Wow. Youth memories destroyed. Still, I try not to judge and I like the Cowboys. It seems the best way to really enjoy this book is if you're a Giants, Redskins, 49ers or Eagles fan and need fuel for some anti Cowboy tirades. I like these kind of trashy wild behind the scenes books but the writer is a bit of a hack. He'll describe a 10 point victory as a blowout in one chapter and a narrow victory in another. He uses a lot of snarky references (some football related, some not) and tries to shoehorn a redemption for Michael Irvin in at the end vis-a-vis his Hall of Fame induction. I'm not sure sometimes if he's trying to vilify or exonerate many of the Cowboys. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by David | 2/15/2014

    " Disappointing lack of dirt. Some good Charles Haley stories, but way too easy on Jimmy Johnson and Michael Irvin. Appallingly awful 70's-80's pop culture metaphors ("as likely to win an Oscar as Mindy Cohn" - I had to look her up!) for a book written in 2008 = very lazy sports "writing." I'm almost tempted to recommend Skip Bayless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rob Lancaster | 2/14/2014

    " An ok read. The subject matter is interesting enough to get past the ham-fisted writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Aaron | 2/7/2014

    " Jeff Pearlman's summary of the scandals and triumphs of the 1990s Dallas Cowboys dynasty is easily one of the best things I've read thus far in 2011. It was just as enjoyable to read about the game of football actually being played (granted, I'm a huge football fan) as it was to read about all the insanity that took place behind closed doors. Hookers. Weed. More hookers. Cocaine. More cocaine. Drunk driving. Dramatically tense business relationships. Even more cocaine hookers. Most fascinating were the tense moments throughout owner Jerry Jones' and former coach Jimmy Johnson's partnership, defensive end Charles Haley's obsession with his penis and just being an overall jerk, and the fact that Michael Irvin once stabbed a teammate in the neck with a pair of scissors (amidst all of his other ridiculous and disturbing antics). I already had a good idea about all of the sex and drug scandals, but it certainly was entertaining to divulge in all the juicy details. Fortunately, the game details were just as interesting as well as nostalgic for me, as this all took place during the time I was first getting into football, and I remember watching all of these Super Bowls. Irvin, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith and co. had quite a run in so many ways throughout the 90s, and I loved all the insight and scandalous tales the Pearlman brings to life in this brilliant if not perfect book. I hope he writes more books like this in the future. "

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About the Author
Author Jeff Pearlman

Jeff Pearlman is a New York Times bestselling author and sports writer. He has worked as a columnist for SI.com and ESPN.com, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, a staff writer for Newsday, and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and CNN.com. He lives in New York.