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The genius : how Bill Walsh reinvented football and created an NFL dynasty
David Harris
Adult Nonfiction GV939.W325 H37 2008

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From Publishers' Weekly:

When Bill Walsh took over coaching duties for the San Francisco 49ers in the late 1970s, the team was arguably the worst in the NFL--and he was stuck trying to shake a rep that he lacked what it took to lead a pro team. Within two years, the 49ers had won the Super Bowl (against Walsh's former employers, the Cincinnati Bengals, no less) and were well on their way to becoming the team of the '80s. Harris's biography is grounded by extensive interviews with Walsh, but the players and others who were there bring nuance to the portrait, revealing that the Genius who was admired for his confident demeanor on game day could also be a brittle, insecure personality off the field. While game highlights do appear, equal attention is paid to Walsh's team-building skills, with lengthy analyses of his selections from the college draft pool--including Joe Montana, an underappreciated college quarterback who became one of the game's all-time greats. Harris clearly knows his football, but the personal drama of Walsh's career is told with such verve that even nonfans will be riveted. (Sept. 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Harris's The League, which examines the business of pro football, was a best seller in 1986. Now he returns to the game with a biography of influential strategist and multifaceted coach Walsh. It is also a thorough examination of that team of the Eighties, Walsh's San Francisco 49ers. While Walsh's personal life is fully chronicled, special emphasis is placed on his ten years coaching the 49ers, as he first built a dynasty and then retooled it each year to remain competitive. Harris makes a special effort to appraise the effect of the cerebral Walsh's innovations on the evolution of the game itself. Recommended for all libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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