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New York Times Best Seller

From the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tiger Woods comes the definitive inside story of the New England Patriots - the greatest sports dynasty of the 21st century.

It’s easy to forget that the New England Patriots were once the laughingstock of the NFL, a nearly bankrupt team that had never won a championship and was on the brink of moving to St. Louis. Everything changed in 1994, when Robert Kraft acquired the franchise and soon brought on board Head Coach Bill Belichick and Quarterback Tom Brady. Since then, the Patriots have become a juggernaut, making 10 trips to the Super Bowl, winning six of them, and emerging as one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world. Today, the team’s 20-year reign atop the NFL stands as the longest in league history. 

How was the Patriots dynasty built? And how did it last for two decades? In The Dynasty, acclaimed journalist Jeff Benedict provides richly reported answers in a sweeping account based on exclusive interviews with more than 200 insiders - including team executives, coaches, players, players’ wives, team doctors, lawyers, and more - as well as never-before-seen recordings, documents, and electronic communications.

Through his exhaustive research, Benedict uncovers surprising new details about the inner workings of a team notorious for its secrecy. He puts listeners in the room as Robert Kraft outmaneuvers a legion of lawyers and investors to buy the team. We listen in on the phone call when the greatest trade ever made - Bill Belichick for a first-round draft choice - is negotiated. And we look over the shoulder of 40-year-old Tom Brady as a surgeon operates on his throwing hand on the eve of the AFC Championship Game in 2018.

But the portrait that emerges in The Dynasty is more rewarding than new details alone. By tracing the team’s epic run through the perspectives of Kraft, Belichick, and Brady - each of whom was interviewed for the book - the author provides a wealth of new insight into the complex human beings most responsible for the Patriots’ success. We watch the NFL’s savviest owner treat Brady like a son, empower Belichick to cut and trade beloved players, and spend sleepless nights figuring out diplomatic ways to keep Brady and Belichick together for two decades. We come to understand how a genius head coach keeps his players at an emotional distance and blocks out anything that gets in the way of winning. And we experience the relentless drive, ferocious competitive nature, and emotional sensitivity that allows Brady to continue playing football into his 40s.

The result is an intimate portrait that captures the human drama of the dynasty’s three key characters while also revealing the secrets behind their success. This is perhaps the most compelling and illuminating book that will ever be written about the greatest professional sports team of our time.

©2020 Rockspring Media, LLC. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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I could not put this down!

This long book is an outstanding narrative about the New England Patriots and their unparalleled 20 year dynasty in the NFL. The main character is Robert Kraft. The story of how he actually became the owner of the Patriots is as interesting as any part of the book. I am a Patriots fan, but knew little about this. Kraft, quarterback Tom Brady, and Coach Bill Belichick are the main characters in this true story of a football team. There are so many interesting subplots in this book. This was one of the year's best books. I loved it. It is one of my all-time favorite sports books, and NOT just because I am a Pats fan. (My other favorites are Bill Parcells: A Football Life and Yogi Berra: A Life Behind the Mask - both associated with teams that are Boston rivals). In The Dynasty, Benedict did a great job weaving the personal stories behind the scenes together with football action and controversies. While it is a long book, my only criticism would be that I wanted to know more about many of Belichick's on-field decisions, especially ones that ran counter to conventional wisdom. I see why the author chose not to make this longer. When I finished this book, I felt like I do after finishing a great epic novel, one which transports you to its world. I did not want to leave. This is sports writing at its best.

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Great book

I hate the Patriots and even I found this to be a great book. I definitely recommend.

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Must read for Patriots fans

We’ve heard most of the stories or rumors but I appreciated the inside look at how it all happened.

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Even as a Bills fan

I'm a Bills fan but still loved the well written and well researched story. awesome book

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Great depiction.

Jeff is a great author! I highly recommend this book as well as his book on Tiger Woods! Couldn’t put them down.

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Great Book

I could not put this book down. The author clearly has done a ton of in depth reporting and is a good storyteller.

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Worth Your Time - Not Exceptional

25 hours is a long book and it ends up being worth your time. It’s enjoyable to hear the story about the team from start to present day. That being said it really drags at certain points then glosses over other moments a fan would assume to hear much more about. It’s not so much a bad vs good it’s a Kraft glow piece where he is the true hero of the dynasty and coach and QB are great but flawed. At the end you feel like Kraft and his people were most cooperative and certainly used this book to try and let the public know that as great as the others are the only reason the dynasty survived was Kraft.

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Bob Kraft Tribute

Unless you're a Patriot fan, pass this one up. Early chapters are interesting but turns into a Bob Kraft love story.

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Amazing

Jeff Benedict’s book are always incredible. He sucks you in and you never want to put his books down.

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we all grow

I needed too know why Tom Brady left, I guess in a way I understand it, I will reread the book and listen too it again , the narrator was awesome, he does a great job

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  • Stuart Robertson, Classic Bodybuilder
  • 05-17-21

Absolutely amazing, in depth, and gripping

From a die-hard Patriots fan, I was expecting alot. It delivered expertly, I was gripped from the moment I started listening

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  • Ian Stokes
  • 04-26-21

For Pats fans only

It was ok at best in some parts but this is only really going to be of interest to newer, bandwagon jumping fans of the Pats that might not have known most of this anyway. For non-Pats fans, or Pats fans that have been around since before the dynasty, there’s not much here.

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  • J. Potter
  • 02-14-21

Kraft centric, totally fascinating

If you have interest in success within any field this narrative with Kraft always at it's core, follows three of the most accomplished sports characters of all time. it focuses on the business bounce of Kraft, the leadership of Belichick and the relentless drive of Brady.

The story starts with Kraft as a young man and ends with Brady driving away at the beginning of COVID, in 2020.

Anyone partially interested in the Patriots, NFL lore, building business, leading teams and excelling personally is likely to get something from this story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-21

The Dynasty. Simply outstanding

When I first read Jeff Benedict’s Tiger Woods biography, I thought no sport biography can come close. The Dynasty might have just surpassed it. What a truly unbelievable book. The writing, the knowledge and the anecdotes are brilliant!!!! I can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-01-21

Great book

behind the scenes of a great organisation. Robert Kraft is the reason behind the success. no doubt the kraft family and values are the main reason for success. no ego.

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  • Rob
  • 12-16-20

A great book... the Kraft “family” must have maintained editorial privileges!

A really good book and well worth your time but the sycophantic portrayal of how good the Kraft “family” is gets very annoying and detracts from the book.

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  • Fred
  • 10-24-20

Superb!

I'm not a Patriots fan, or even an avid NFL fan. I was drawn to the 5 star reviews. The book didn't disappoint. Superbly written and narrated, this is a masterpiece.

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  • 10-14-20

Very enjoyable

Very good. A lot of hard work and effort gone until this book and it shows.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-08-20

Fantastic

It is 3 books in one on Brady, Belichick and Kraft all in immense detail.

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  • Rohan S.
  • 11-27-20

Epic Story of Leadership Connection

What a story. Well told. Thoroughly enjoyable and educational.

Organisational health is achieved by leadership being connected

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  • keith
  • 11-24-20

Amazing!!!!

Awesome book. Great franchise and so good to share so many in depth stories. Highly recommend