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Publisher's Summary

They've called Barry Switzer a "rogue, pirate, hustler, and con man", but they also say he's "next to God". He's one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history, winning multiple college championships and a Super Bowl, and possibly the most revered figure in the state of Oklahoma. The "outlaw" of college football, Switzer was both praised and reviled by the media, but everyone agrees that he was undeniably one of the all-time best recruiters, strategists, and motivators ever to deliver a halftime speech. 

Switzer’s autobiography illuminates so much more than his incredible football career, telling the tale of a poor boy from deep Arkansas swampland. His father Frank controversially dated Black women, one of whom shot the bootlegger and then crashed his car while rushing him to the hospital, killing them both in a fiery explosion. Switzer’s childhood experiences led him to defy racial conventions by enlisting Black players. In this revealing memoir, Switzer finally speaks the truth on his terms, outlining his famous feuds and exposing the hypocrisies of sportswriters and college athletics. This audiobook is a must-have for both Black history collections and sports enthusiasts alike.

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Critic Reviews

"Bootlegger's Boy is a dazzling run for a touchdown if I've ever seen one. Funny, tragic, informative, revealing...Barry Switzer and Bud Shrake knock you out of your jock with the truth about big-time football - and America." (Dan Jenkins)

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  • Anas Mouisset
  • 17-05-2021

Needs better narrating

The story is very interesting but switzer has the same tone from the beginning to the end . You could tell he was reading but not telling you a story. Also at one point in the book he was just reading each week score and it was tedious to borderline annoying I had to fast forward.

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  • OklabyGodhoma
  • 26-02-2021

A True Legend

I’ve known Barry for over 30 years now and his recall of facts still amazes me. I treasure the times we have just sat and talked. There is so much more to the man Barry Switzer and how he is dedicated to not only his family but to his players and the community. Nor does he speak of his organization that trains rescue dogs that he and his wife donate for free to Search & Rescue groups.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-2020

Excellent

Best autobiography ever written. In fact, this books ranks up there with classics like moby Dick and war and peace.

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  • Doc Mcgarey
  • 06-10-2020

Barry Switzer and Oklahoma Football

Switzer led an interesting life. It was a bit too much of him explaining away his transgressions at OU.

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  • Ron P.
  • 18-12-2019

Great read and we'll narrated!

Great story, well narrated and a great book for any college football fan. I highly recommend.

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  • Lugnut
  • 29-09-2019

One of the greatest football coaches.

I believe Barry tells the truth. One of the greatest college football coaches all time.

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  • Bmoring1
  • 11-09-2017

A Legendary Account of a True Legend

This story takes you through the epic real life experiences of our King. The end of Switzer's career was troubling to most when it happened and this book gives you all the details to solidify an opinion. A captivating tale of a life well lived and the scumbags that forced out the best coach ever and an Oklahoma ICON.

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  • William
  • 25-06-2017

Bootlegger's Boy

I happen to like Barry coach of Oklahoma and when he took Dallas to The Super Bowl.
I enjoyed the history, scores of all the games and how important each game outcome was and his personal thinking on what was going through his mind as his coaching career progressed. That gave all of us fans an experience of the challenges of being a head coach at a major college. The trials and tribulations. In addition I'm glad he did the narration because it was heartfelt and sincere.

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