The dynasty

Jeff Benedict

Book - 2020

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 ten 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 twenty-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 two hundred insiders--including team executives, coaches, players, players' wives, team doctors, lawyers, and more--as well as never-before-seen recordings, documents, and electronic communications.

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New York : Avid Reader Press 2020.
First Avid Reader Press hardcover edition
Physical Description
xii, 578 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages [527]-557) and index.
Main Author
Jeff Benedict (author)
  • End game
  • Bobby
  • Fathers and sons
  • The long game
  • Leverage
  • Sold!
  • Meet the new boss
  • This guy is different
  • Not so fast
  • She
  • The trouble with contracts
  • New England versus New York
  • You know me
  • Dear John
  • Getting Belichick
  • Tommy
  • Building the core
  • In an instant
  • Changing places
  • The perfect storm
  • We are all patriots
  • Growing pains
  • All in the family
  • League of their own
  • A day in the life
  • Loss
  • Reload
  • Transcendence
  • Inconsolable
  • Allow me to reintroduce myself
  • No place like home
  • The passing
  • Breaking bad
  • Moving on
  • On to Cincinnati
  • The envy of the league
  • New England versus everybody
  • No one knows where the top is
  • Lord of the rings
  • Heavy is the crown
  • Tension
  • Threading the needle
  • Shuttle diplomacy
  • We're still here.
Review by Kirkus Book Review

Action-packed tale of the building of the New England Patriots over the course of seven decades. Prolific writer Benedict has long blended two interests--sports and business--and the Patriots are emblematic of both. Founded in 1959 as the Boston Patriots, the team built a strategic home field between that city and Providence. When original owner Billy Sullivan sold the flailing team in 1988, it was $126 million in the hole, a condition so dire that "Sullivan had to beg the NFL to release emergency funds so he could pay his players." Victor Kiam, the razor magnate, bought the long since renamed New England Patriots, but rival Robert Kraft bought first the parking lots and then the stadium--and "it rankled Kiam that he bore all the risk as the owner of the team but virtually all of the revenue that the team generated went to Kraft." Check and mate. Kraft finally took over the team in 1994. Kraft inherited coach Bill Parcells, who in turn brought in star quarterback Drew Bledsoe, "the Patriots' most prized player." However, as the book's nimbly constructed opening recounts, in 2001, Bledsoe got smeared in a hit "so violent that players along the Patriots sideline compared the sound of the collision to a car crash." After that, it was backup Tom Brady's team. Gridiron nerds will debate whether Brady is the greatest QB and Bill Belichick the greatest coach the game has ever known, but certainly they've had their share of controversy. The infamous "Deflategate" incident of 2015 takes up plenty of space in the late pages of the narrative, and depending on how you read between the lines, Brady was either an accomplice or an unwitting beneficiary. Still, as the author writes, by that point Brady "had started in 223 straight regular-season games," an enviable record on a team that itself has racked up impressive stats. Smart, engaging sportswriting--good reading for organization builders as well as Pats fans. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.