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Publisher's Summary

The gripping account of a once-in-a-lifetime football team and their lone championship season.

For Rich Cohen and millions of other fans, the 1985 Chicago Bears were more than a football team: they were the greatest football team ever - a gang of colorful nuts, dancing and pounding their way to victory. They won a Super Bowl and saved a city.

It was not just that the Monsters of the Midway won but how they did it. On offense, there was high-stepping running back Walter Payton and Punky QB Jim McMahon, who had a knack for pissing off Coach Mike Ditka as he made his way to the end zone. On defense, there was the 46: a revolutionary,quarterback-concussing scheme cooked up by Buddy Ryan and ruthlessly implemented by Hall of Famers such as Dan "Danimal" Hampton and "Samurai" Mike Singletary. On the sidelines, in the locker rooms, and in bars, there was the never-ending soap opera: the coach and the quarterback bickering on television, Ditka and Ryan nearly coming to blows in the Orange Bowl, the players recording the "Super Bowl Shuffle" video the morning after the season's only loss.

Cohen tracked down the coaches and players from this iconic team and asked them everything he has always wanted to know: What's it like to win? What's it like to lose? Do you really hate the guys on the other side? Were you ever scared? What do you think as you lie broken on the field? How do you go on after you have lived your dream but life has not ended?

The result is Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football, a portrait not merely of a team but of a city and a game: its history, its future, its fallen men, its immortal heroes. But mostly it's about being a fan - about loving too much. This is a book about America at its most nonsensical, delirious, and joyful.

©2013 Rich Cohen (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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good overview of the Chicago bears

i can totally relate to the author and the high of having the bears win the Superbowl as well as the let down after. good interviews.

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Solid.

Well written, entertaining, educational, great narration. An awesome tribute by a true and dedicated Bears fan to a superb ball club and it’s alumni.

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bears fan

I enjoyed the stories and remember that team, enjoyed the historical information on Halas. Didn't want the authors politics.

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Love this story

Really one of the best sports books ever written!! I loved the audio version even more!!

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The story of legends

Not a bears fan but any fan of football knows the legendary 85 bears and any fan of football in general should read/listen to this book

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Loved It !!!

It was way more than I expected. A real "page turner"! More than worth the price!

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Decent.

it's more about the history of the Chicago bears than it is about the 1985 season. the latter is covered in just a couple chapters.