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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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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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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.

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One of the best football books I’ve “read”

Historical. Sociological. Humorous. I always thought that the 1985 Bears and their fans were jerks. Just obnoxious. But, this story is told in such a way that I would consider it required reading for any football fan. I just loved it!

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fun history

I was never a big bear's fan but this book was great!! learning the history of the team and kinda where are they now; was super addicting. I was a fan of the funky QB like the rest of Chicago so hearing more about his stunts was worth the giggles

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This was a damn good book

I’m a Bengals fan that also loves many HEROS of Bears history. This books talks about them all and keeps it interesting. Loved it.

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Well told, passionate, detailed, and emotional!

"Monsters The 1985 Chicago Bears and The Wild Heart of Football" is very detailed. The beginning passages of chapter 15 will give you a good indication of the worth which the author feels towred the essence of the material found in this subject, it is indelibly etched on his heart. Growing up in the area at that time; I related to the sentimentality of the book. The detail chapter essays about individual players, the details surrounding the development of that specific roster and coaches. The stories of boisterous enthusiasm of the individuals and the culture of the team. The struggle of the interplay between the two different offensive and defensive philosophies on the same team. The way the fans seem to live and die with every play every game. However, what makes this book different is that it makes you understand the depth of the people behind the warrior mentality that were on that team and the very culture and historical depth that is in the fabric of the NFL itself! You don't have to be specifically a die-hard Chicago Bears fan to enjoy this book and the quality of the writing found in it. If you enjoy pro football, you will enjoy this book and you will not regret reading/listening to it.

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A full telling of the story of the 1985 Bears. The character portraits are detailed and complete, and the key games are brought back to life. Narration is excellent; he does slight impressions of some of the players and it really works. I will offer one warning: the author makes a lot of high brow references and turns of phrases that seem odd in a book about the 85 Bears. There are also a number of tangential detours into the author’s life that seemed out of place, but overall this was a very enjoyable listen.

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like reliving my youth.

outstanding book. it brought back so many memories for me. I graduated from a rival high school the same year as the author, so it was even more personal for me. I was pleasantly surprised at how detailed he was with the history of the organization and Papa Bear.

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as a dolphins fan...

I learned a lot about the history of the game. I was waiting for the part where miami beats the bears, and i learned a lot about what happened in the locker room. The 85 bears will always be a great team. The book makes me want to go to canton.

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Great storytelling for any football/history fan

I dinged the performance one star due to the narrator’s horrible botched pronunciation of Rocket Richard’s name. Yes, it looks like “rich-ard”, but it’s French Canadian and pronounced “ri-shard”. He’s super famous. Somebody should have caught that mistake.