That First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory

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That First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory

Format:  Paperback,

320 pages

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publish Date: Sep 2010

ISBN-13: 9780547395692

ISBN-10: 0547395698

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John Eisenberg's "That First Season" is the seldom-studied prequel to a phenomenal football career for Vince Lombardi and the Packers, drawing on exhaustive new research and interviews to tell an incredible ensemble tale of a team, a town, and their leader.

The once-vaunted Green Bay Packers were a laughing stock by the late 1950s. They hadn't fielded a winning team in more than a decade and were close to losing their franchise to another city. They were in desperate need of a savior, and he arrived in a wood-paneled station wagon in the dead of winter from New York City. In a single year, Vince Lombardi--the grizzled coach who took no bull--transformed a team of underachievers into winners and resurrected a city known for its passion for sport.

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publish Date: Sep 2010
ISBN-13: 9780547395692
ISBN-10: 0547395698
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.66
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.54 x 0.76 x 7.98

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Review by Library Journal (2009-08-01)

Lombardi arrived in Green Bay in 1959 to take over a desperate franchise. He led the Packers to their first winning season in 12 years with mostly the same personnel that was on hand when he arrived. Eisenberg aims to get at the root of that seemingly miraculous transformation by focusing on the changes wrought in that first season. From the ample written record and roughly three dozen new interviews, he presents a detailed retelling of the very beginning of Lombardi's iconic Packers career, from the misery of training camp to the unfolding of the regular season, game by game.

He provides some new insights, but he is mostly treading on familiar territory. And the frequent use of imagined dialog among players and coaches is distracting. A good plan for a book here gets fumbled in the execution. For Packers fans.

-J. M.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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John Eisenberg's That First Season is the seldom-studied prequel to a phenomenal football career for Vince Lombardi and the Packers, drawing on exhaustive new research and interviews to tell an incredible ensemble tale of a team, a town, and their leader.

The once-vaunted Green Bay Packers were a laughing stock by the late 1950s. They hadn't fielded a winning team in more than a decade and were close to losing their franchise to another city. They were in desperate need of a savior, and he arrived in a wood-paneled station wagon in the dead of winter from New York City. In a single year, Vince Lombardi—the grizzled coach who took no bull—transformed a team of underachievers into winners and resurrected a city known for its passion for sport.

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