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The GM: The inside Story of a Dream Job and the Nightmares That Go with Itby Tom Callahan
Synopses & Reviews
It's a terrific narrative of the ebb and flow of a football season through the eyes of a general manager, Ernie Accorsi of the Giants. Accorsi, in his final season before retiring, gave Callahan access to everything he saw with the Giants last year, including the raw emotion that flowed from GM to coach. In so doing, Accorsi illustrated the real tension that exists in front offices, the kind you so rarely read about In the mainstream press. So don't think this is just a Giants book. It's not. It's an NFL book, and a book that helps you understand some of the complex relationships that define the game today.
-Peter King, Sports Illustrated
A vivid, focused account of a New York Giants season filled with hope but ultimately tainted by disappointment…Callahan also paints a wonderful portrait of Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, filling] the book with wit, wisdom and great stories.
Callahan's book about the last year of Ernie Accorsi’s reign as general manager gives unusual insight into how a football organization is run.
A fascinating look at an NFL season by a true insider. Great tidbits abound.
-Dallas Morning News
The most interesting and topical of the recently published Giants books] by far. The author was given extensive behind the scenes access and emerges with many juicy tidbits…Callahan deftly handles a poignant chapter on trainer Ronnie Barnes' role in Wellington Mara’s final days.
Many surprising revelations…shocking.”
—New York Daily News
The G.M. is perhaps the best book ever written about a pro football executive…Accorsi is a terrific subject.
-Allen Barra, Washington Post Book World
THE GM is one of the great sports books to come along in recent years, and that's not just a tribute to Tom Callahan, who wrote it, but also to Ernie Accorsi, the book's subject. It says a lot about someone when they have the confidence and self-esteem to open their lives that completely for published consumption. Good for Ernie. Better for us.
-Mike Vaccaro, New York Post
"A compelling chronicle of Accorsi's career written adroitly by Tom Callahan, who was allowed to be a fly on the wall of the Giants' inner sanctums during their tempestuous 2006 season."
-Dave Anderson, The New York Times
From the Hardcover edition.
Journeys behind the scenes of the NFL to furnish a close-up look at the role of the general manager in a sports franchise, following deal maker Ernie Accorsi as he confronts the reality of picking NFL talent for a team while pursuing such players as John Elway, Bernie Kosar, and Eli Manning, as well as the consequences of choosing the wrong players. 75,000 first printing.
TOM CALLAHAN, a former senior writer at Time magazine and sports columnist at the Washington Post, is a recipient of the National Headliner Award. He has spent three decades covering everything in major league sports, from Sarajevo to Zaire, including hundreds of pro-football games, preseasons to Super Bowls. Callahan is the author of the New York Times bestseller Johnny U.
Table of Contents
The Meadows game — Manning vs. Manning — Red licorice — Plaxico — The Baltimore Colts : drafting John Elway — The Cleveland Browns : stealing Bernie Kosar — The New York Giants : signing Kerry Collins — Shock — The draft — Ronnie — The cap — Parcells — Off the street — Reese — Goodbye Tooms — Time-out, Giants — 'It's a fabulous game' — Titanic, Hindenburg, Joe Pisarcek — K balls — 'Number sixty-nine is reporting--' — Still watching football games on tv — Double safety delayed blitz — Real life in the sports world — 'There's a championship in this room' — Countdown — Epilogue / by Ernie Accorsi.
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