The Last Cowboy

A Life of Tom Landry
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Length: 27 hrs and 50 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As the coach during professional football’s most storied era, Tom Landry transformed the gridiron from a no-holds-barred battlefield to the highly-technical chess match it is today. With his trademark fedora and stoic facade, he was a man of faith and few words, for 29 years guiding “America’s Team” from laughingstock to well-oiled machine, with an unprecedented twenty consecutive winning seasons and two Super Bowl titles. Now, more than a decade after Landry’s death, acclaimed biographer Mark Ribowsky takes a fresh look at this misunderstood legend, telling us as much about our country’s obsession with football as about Landry himself, the likes of whom we’ll never see again.

©2014 Mark Ribowsky (P)2014 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

“An eloquent, honest tribute to a sports genius.” ( Publishers Weekly, Best 100 Books of 2013)

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Great research!

An excellent story, with a great narrator... It gave me an important remindment of cowboy history!Dont miss it!

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Bosses' coach or players' coach?

A dual narrative of Coach Landry and the new Dallas Cowboys franchise through 1989. For those old enough to remember its inception in 1960, the formation of the team as a business organization and as a clumsy expansion franchise on the field, this work will fill in many gaps. Landry, an assistant coach with the Giants along with Vince Lombardi before coming to Texas, found himself laboring mightily to measure up to Lombardi's success with the Packers, and later to George Allen of the Redskins, as well as Shula and Noll. Landry coached the team to an endless series of 12-4 seasons but never quite found the mix for winning championships consistently. His personality and coaching ethic suited his oil baron bosses if not his players. It is arguable that Landry's inability to read men cost him more championships. One of the book's pleasures is revisiting the long series of Dallas' outstanding football players, but the pleasure is diluted by the general unhappiness with the organization and later with the infestation of drug abuse. The author reminds us why, for some years, the Cowboys were known as "South America's Team." This is a captivating narrative.

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Cowboys fan of over 50 years!

Wow,I got to relive great wins, heartbreaking losses, inside look at the coach I loved!

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A good story ruined by politics

What would have made The Last Cowboy better?

Landry's story is an interesting one. The author injects his political beliefs too often.

What was most disappointing about Mark Ribowsky’s story?

He blamed the white citizens of Dallas and conservatives for the Kennedy assassination. How about doing some research on Lee Harvey Oswald first? And the several references to Pete Gent, an average player who hated Landry, as if he was an unbiased authority!

What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

Very whiny. Almost too hard to take at times.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger that the author injected his personal agenda. Hey, write your own political book, don't insert it into a biography!

Any additional comments?

Poor research.

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