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Moving the Chains: Tom Brady and the Pursuit of Everythingby Charles P Pierce
Synopses & Reviews
When Tom Brady entered the 2005 NFL season as lead quarterback for the New England Patriots, the defending Super Bowl champions, he was hailed as the best to ever play the position. And with good reason: he was the youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl; the only quarterback in NFL history to win three Super Bowls before turning twenty-eight; the fourth player in history to win multiple Super Bowl MVP awards. He started the season with a 57-14 record, the best of any NFL quarterback since 1966.
Award-winning sports journalist Charles P. Pierce's Moving the Chains explains how Brady reached the top of his profession and how he stays there. It is a study in highly honed skills, discipline, and making the most of good fortune, and is shot through with ironies--a sixth-round draft pick turned superstar leading a football dynasty that was once so bedraggled it had to play a home game in Birmingham, Alabama, because no stadium around Boston would have it. It is also about an ordinary man and an ordinary team becoming extraordinary. Pierce interviewed Brady's friends, family, coaches, and teammates. He interviewed Brady (notably for Sports Illustrated's 2005 Sportsman of the Year cover article). And then he got the one thing he needed to truly take Brady's measure: 2005 turned out to be the toughest Patriots season in five years.
"Pierce offers a genial look at the unlikely rise of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady from embattled Michigan player through draft afterthought to multiple Super Bowl MVP. But while the book might seem late considering the Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years in 2004, it actually benefits from Pierce using the team's trying 2005 season as a backdrop against which to highlight his main argument: that Brady's intangible abilities as a leader under any circumstances are worth far more than what can be measured with a stopwatch. In addition to stories from Brady's coaches and teammates that bear out this assessment, journalist Pierce serves up some entertaining prose. He describes the bombastic NFL as 'less like family entertainment and more and more like the strategy... used to pry Manuel Noriega out of Panama,' and skewers Gov. William Weld of Massachusetts as 'so flighty that he made Mayor McCheese look like Benjamin Disraeli.' In all, it's a buoyant if blindly reverential account that's sure to appeal to anyone with more than a passing interest in one of the game's most celebrated players. Photos not seen by PW." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Pierce provides sharp descriptions of in-game action and humorous asides that help keep the game in perspective despite hyperbolic rhetoric from the quarterback’s teammates, coaches, and opponents.... An entertaining... look at a star whose unparalleled accomplishments to date are just the beginning." Kirkus Reviews
"An artfully constructed and delightfully written work." Library Journal (starred review)
"How did a young man who almost became a priest transform himself into the NFL quarterback who has achieved the most at the earliest age? Pierce converts what might have been just another sports bio into an engaging character study." Booklist
When Tom Brady entered the 2005 NFL season as lead quarterback for the New England Patriots, he was hailed as the best to ever play the position. Award-winning sports journalist Pierce's "Moving the Chains" explains how Brady reached the top of his profession and how he stays there.
About the Author
On the staff of The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and a regular panelist on NPRs Its Only a Game, Charles P. Pierce has written for, among others, Sports Illustrated, GQ, and Esquire. He is the author of two books.
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