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Publisher's Summary

A book that explores the enduring legends of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden's Oakland Raiders, Badasses is the definitive biography of arguably the last team to play old-fashioned tough-guy football. Peter Richmond, co-author of the New York Times best seller The Glory Game, offers a fascinating look at the 1970s Oakland Raiders, led by colorful greats from another era: Ken Stabler, Willie Brown, Gene Upshaw, Jim Otto, Art Shell, head coach John Madden, and owner Al Davis. In the best-selling vein of Boys Will Be Boys, Badasses chronicles the bar-room exploits, practice-field pranks, and Super Bowl glories of the team's many misfits, cast-offs, psychos, and geniuses of the game.

©2010 Peter Richmond (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A celebration of the freewheeling NFL that created the multibillion dollar industry it is today." ( Booklist starred review)

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I love my Raiders and always will I bleed black and silver they are a special group it has an honor and privilege to see them play wish them all the best thank you all for being the Oakland Raiders!!!!!

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Madden's Raiders were like NO other!!!

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Loved this book, grew up with Madden's Raiders as a kid. They were truly the pirates of the NFL..As kids we loved pirates!!!

This book did a great job of developing the character stories,"honestly" and for better or worse. It was a great ride, and you'll wonder how they ever survived...LOL

Enjoy!