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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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