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The Dynasty

Narrated by: Todd Menesses
Length: 25 hrs
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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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-09-2020

Great book

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

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  • Matthew Vincent
  • 10-09-2020

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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  • Adam Snyder
  • 10-09-2020

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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  • Zack
  • 08-09-2020

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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  • Erin
  • 05-09-2020

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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  • Derek
  • 05-09-2020

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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  • Derek Taylor
  • 21-10-2020

Must Read!

I gotta say, being a Green Bay fan for my 21 years of living. I pretty much grew up watching Tom, Bill, and the Patriots. This book went above and beyond telling the story of their 6 Championships and everything in between. I couldn’t stop listening, it became addictive!! A must read for all football fans, whether you root for the Patriots or not!

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  • Lavin214
  • 20-10-2020

so good

I'd give this book more than 5 stars if I could. it's fascinating. you forget just how dominant the Patriots were and much happened during that time.

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  • Shane
  • 14-10-2020

Must Read

I wish I could get all of the Patriots haters to read this book. Behind the machine are some great people and this book really shines a light on this organization. Loved it!

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  • Ben Galvez
  • 13-10-2020

Amazing

Great book, it provides great insight into how the world's best sports franchise fought through adversity and how the Brady/Belichick dynamic changed the world of football forever.

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  • 14-10-2020

Very enjoyable

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

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  • Sean McGrath
  • 08-09-2020

Fantastic

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