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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,384 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Halberstam Narrator: Eric Conger Publisher: Hyperion Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN:
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Bill Belichick is one of the most intriguing yet enigmatic figures in contemporary American sports. He is the best professional football coach of our era, and his New England Patriot teams are the winners of three of the last four Super Bowls, including one of the most stunning upsets in that championship series. Yet until now, Belichick has deliberately stayed as far from the spotlight as possible, proving himself as elusive as he is talented.

Distinguished writer-historian David Halberstam paints a dazzling portrait of a man and his profession, revealing both the intimate world of Bill Belichick and the unique abilities that make him so successful: his exceptional intelligence, his ability to break down and exploit game film, his singular discipline, and his almost unmatched work ethic. Working with an unusual degree of cooperation from Belichick, Halberstam shows us a man who has somehow managed to change his players' view of how the game should be played. The result is an audiobook not just about Bill Belichick, but about what it means to be a leader.

Halberstam begins with the story of Bill Belichick's childhood and the enormous and lasting influence of his late father, Navy coach Steve Belichick. Considered the best scout of his era, Steve taught his son to break down game film at the age of nine. What we come to witness are dual journeys, the first of the immigrant Belichick family moving from the harsh, unsparing world of the steel mills of Ohio into the mainstream of American life, and the second of Bill Belichick's systematic climb to the top of his profession, in no small part because of a family work ethic forged in those same steel mills.

By exploring how Belichick arrived where he is, Halberstam reveals the strategies and ideals that have helped Belichick create his winning legacy and set a new standard for what a coach should be.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 2/12/2014

    " Before reading this book you might have thought that Bill Belichick was a gruff, humorless, asshole workaholic, who happened to be one of the greatest coaches of all time. After reading this book, you'll learn that Bill Belichick is a gruff, humorless workaholic, who happens to be one of the greatest coaches of all time. Who knew? You'll also gain some insight into Steve Belichick, his brilliant scout/assistant coach father who has been affiliated with Navy for decades. As usual with the late Halberstam, the writing is exceptional. However, only the first half of the book, covering the elder Belichick and the family's Croatian immigrant roots, is markedly different from what you'll learn in a host of Pats puff pieces on ESPN.com. On the bright side though, at least you'll learn how to spell Belichick's name correctly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 2/12/2014

    " An informative biography of the greatest football coach ever: Bill Belichick. Halberstam gives the reader invaluable insight into Belichick's mind and character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 2/11/2014

    " awesome. need to like football and patriots. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kk | 2/10/2014

    " Started reading the book during the playoffs, during the Pats historic run. Surprisingly inspiring. Although a sports nut already--if you can't tell by me picking up this book in the first place; reading this and getting a different/inside look at the "genius" made me into a bigger fan of the Patriots. You want to see this guy and his teams win more. All the more shocking when they came up short in one of the greatest games that I can ever remember watching. Put the book down for a couple days as a result of the shock, but am happy that I finally finished it. In typical Belichick fashion the book brings peace to this sports heart. Belichick acknowledged how winning at this level requires a certain amount of luck. He knew how lucky he'd already been to have won 3 superbowls. To acknowledge that despite his unparalleled preparation and scheming that there are still things you cannot control and that you still have to be lucky. There's a guy, however fanantical he might seem, who get's it. If you're an underdog in anyway, like me; you'll love this book. He inspires all who believe that if you make the most of the talents you have and live life with passion you can succeed at any level. And you can do it with grace and humility. Will always be a fan of Mr. Bill Belichick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zack Smith | 2/9/2014

    " Interesting take on the back story and past experiences of super bowl winning coach Bill Belichick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 2/2/2014

    " Bill Belicheck, it turns out, is a rather boring guy. For Clevelanders, the chapter about his time there is worth it, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad Oakley | 1/25/2014

    " Very, very entertaining! Huge compliment since I loathe the Patriots and their coach. This book makes him...human. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan Foy | 1/17/2014

    " Really good - subject and writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Nardi | 1/9/2014

    " Obviously I'm a homer with this review, but personally I think this is a great read. It gives a very nice background of Coach Belichick and explains how he was raised and what made him the person he is today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 11/27/2013

    " Great story, taught me alot about the game of football! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/14/2013

    " Compare to waht Men At Work did for baseball, Halberstam does for NFL Coaching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 11/12/2013

    " Facisnating look at the man behind the gray sweatshirt. I enjoyed learning more about Belichicks upbringing. What comes through clearly in the book is that he is obsessive about football and that obsessiveness is part of what has lead to his great success. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 11/7/2013

    " Halberstam can make anyone seem sympathetic. Quite an accomplishment with this guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 11/6/2013

    " Being a sports junky I picked up this audiobook because I have read/listened to other works by Halberstam and I like his viewpoint. It was interesting to learn where coaches come rfrom and how they operate through the story of Bill Belichek. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Pisani | 10/29/2013

    " Great Book about Bill Belicheck, his life, and coaching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 7/29/2013

    " Started off slow, then picked up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 7/20/2012

    " as if i don't love bill belichick enough already, this book made me admire his work ethic and leadership even more. i'm already anxious to re-read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donny | 7/18/2012

    " Simply put, there's more to this story and I was left unfulfilled "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 7/8/2012

    " Just finished this book and it was great! Anyone who knows me well, knows I am a big pats fan! It was great to get the inside Coach's head and learn how he became such an incredible teacher. A big dry at times, but i liked the details about football stratedgy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nedjoyce | 6/10/2012

    " Interesting insight into what made Belichick but certainly nothing revealing. Easy read, interesting to hear about his adolescence and his warfare with Parcells. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 8/15/2011

    " Great book if this fits into your geekness. I only wish there were more about Ernie Adams later in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas-lily Heaney | 8/11/2011

    " Very easy read about the master football coach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 6/5/2011

    " Such a great writer on Belichick's growth - as a person and through football. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 2/23/2011

    " Started off slow, then picked up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. | 1/16/2011

    " This biography of Bill Belichik (whom, as I root for the Jets, I hate) is the best biography of a sports coach that I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/2/2011

    " as if i don't love bill belichick enough already, this book made me admire his work ethic and leadership even more. i'm already anxious to re-read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Goatville9 | 8/25/2010

    " A bit disappointing considering the author but not so surprising considering the subject. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 7/30/2010

    " Great Book about Bill Belicheck, his life, and coaching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 7/9/2010

    " Story of Bill Belichick and his dad. Pretty decent, a lot of fun considering how secretive Belichick is during the regular season, so it was cool to get inside a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marco | 6/12/2010

    " I don't even watch football anymore, but Halberstam does such a great job of narrating the subtleties of being a professional coach, the strategies, the intrigues, that I was completely drawn into the narrative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angelo | 12/12/2009

    " Good book. Not what I expected. It was not an "X"s and "O"s but a bio of him. Good read if you are a sports fan. (You dont need to be a Pats fan to enjoy this...I am not a fan) Over all get it at the library so you dont spend the money but it was OK. "

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About the Author
Author David Halberstam

David Halberstam graduated from Harvard, where he had served as managing editor of the daily Harvard Crimson. It was 1955, a year after the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public schools. Halberstam went south and began his career as the one reporter on the West Point, Mississippi, Daily Times Leader. He was fired after ten months there and went to work for the Nashville Tennessean. When the sit-ins broke out in Nashville in February 1960, he was assigned to the story as principal reporter. He joined the New York Times later that year, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for his early reports from Vietnam. He has received every other major journalistic award, and is a member of the Society of American Historians.

About the Narrator

Eric Conger is a stage actor, voice artist, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has narrated more than 125 fiction and nonfiction audiobooks and was a four-time finalist for the Audie Award, both as a sole narrator in 2007 and 2008 and as part of a multicast reading in 2001 and 2012. He has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards. His extensive voice-over work includes more than 5,000 narrations for commercial ventures. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Paris, he also works as a writer and playwright. He has appeared in over fifty plays and has also translated plays of Molière and Feydeau for regional theaters. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.