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How three football legends - Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs, and Bill Parcells - won eight Super Bowls during the 1980s and changed football forever.

Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs, and Bill Parcells dominated what may go down as the greatest decade in pro football history, leading their teams to a combined eight championships and developing some of the most gifted players of all time in the process.

Walsh, Gibbs and Parcells developed such NFL stars as Joe Montana, Lawrence Taylor, Jerry Rice, Art Monk, and Darrell Green. They resurrected the careers of players like John Riggins, Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, Everson Walls, and Hacksaw Reynolds. They did so with a combination of guts and genius, built championship teams in their own likeness, and revolutionized pro football like few others. Their influence is still evident in today's game, with coaches who either worked directly for them or are part of their coaching trees now winning Super Bowls and using strategy the three men devised and perfected.

In interviews with more than 150 players, coaches, family members and friends, Guts and Genius digs into the careers of three men who overcame their own insecurities and doubts to build Hall of Fame legacies that transformed their generation and continue to impact today's NFL.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Bob Glauber (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Glauber shows in fascinating detail how each coach built a foundation for success both on the field and in their relationships with owners and players. This has been a great season for football books...and this one adds to the treasure trove." (Booklist)

"Football began to climb to the heights it reached today in the 1980s, in large part thanks to Bill Walsh, Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs. Bob Glauber perfectly brings together these men, with that time, to give us a glimpse of the greatness behind the guts and genius." (Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL reporter and author of The Man I Never Met: A Memoir)

"The extraordinary careers of these coaches are expertly interwoven to create a delightful and insightful read." (Library Journal)

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  • Michael G. Salardino
  • 10-12-2019

Great history

This is just an excellent book about excellent coaches. It's always inspiring to read about excellence and these three men effused excellence. Glauber captured it in great detail. Just a great book!

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  • JMKIII58
  • 23-11-2019

A unique look at 3 men who dominated the

80d NFL. The author gives a clear perspective of Bill Walsh, Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs were the best coaches in the 80s decade of the NFL. This book takes you inside the wins, losses of each man on his way to the top of the league. A great read for all football fans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-06-2019

Didn't Hook Me

Took me a long time to get through this one. The information is sound. It's just a little dry. Any humour doesn't really come across through the delivery. Three great coaches who deserved to have their stories told. At times their methods kept me in. But overall just okay.

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  • C. R. Hoyle
  • 10-02-2019

If you loved football in the 80s give it a listen

Growing up a cowboys fan in the 80s I didn’t particularly like any of these coaches but what an enjoyable listen. Seeing coach Gibbs as the no profanity offensive mastermind wasn’t what I expected nor did I think Coach Walsh would be so emotional since his persona was so cerebral. Coach Parcells seems like a great mind and mentor as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-04-2020

Great Read, highly recommend!

Three individuals who were all on the brink of being fired. Then becoming three of the greatest coaches, with three different philosophies, coaching at the same time, winning a combined 8 Super Bowls. Truly remarkable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-2020

MUST READ/LISTEN IF YOU A FAN OF THE NFL

Glauber does an excellent job of detailing the background of 3 of the greatest coaches in NFL history, explaining their impact on the game, and giving great information that is rare knowledge for many football fans. you may think you know NFL history but this book takes you to another level of understanding where the NFL was before the 1980s and how Walsh, Parcells, Gibbs impacted the game for all the years after their decade of dominance

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  • jeff olson
  • 13-05-2019

very good book!

I appreciated the insights and recollections this book offered. If you like football, history, and strategy, this book will not disappoint!

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  • Robbie
  • 10-01-2019

Captivating!

Loved it. Narrates a fascinating period in nfl history. The influence of these three men reverberates to today's NFL, a testament to their genius!

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  • Dan Davis
  • 25-11-2018

Guts & Genius

As a leader and NFL fan, I LOVED the stories and messages! I shared it with my son

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  • John Prentice
  • 08-11-2020

What a story!

Superb, if only more sports stories were as good as this. Required listening for any NFL fan.

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  • Brit9er
  • 05-01-2019

Outstanding football history of the golden years of the NFL

This book fills in many gaps that is, as football fans, simply don’t have access too in real time. It also links events that are easy to timeline, but have scant background and nuance. It’s packed with gems and information that give context to the games and players of the era. Simply outstanding. If you like football and want to link today’s coaches, schemes, ideas and concepts; this is an absolute must. Thankfully I came across it via Peter King’s podcast. I’m grateful to him for the insight.

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