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From Al Davis and the Raiders to Canton, from the booth to the bus to turduckens on Thanksgiving Day, this is the definitive Madden book, a wild collection of stories from his 50 years in the NFL. Longtime sports columnist Bryan Burwell has written the first comprehensive biography of this living legend, whose incredible football knowledge, down-home sensibilities, and tir From Al Davis and the Raiders to Canton, from the booth to the bus to turduckens on Thanksgiving Day, this is the definitive Madden book, a wild collection of stories from his 50 years in the NFL. Longtime sports columnist Bryan Burwell has written the first comprehensive biography of this living legend, whose incredible football knowledge, down-home sensibilities, and tireless work ethic made him arguably the most popular sports analyst in any sport. As a coach, he has the highest winning percentage in history, and he led the Oakland Raiders to a 1979 Super Bowl Championship. He followed that up by becoming the most beloved and popular football announcer in the country, and in the third stage of his public life, the Hall of Fame coach became known to new generations of fans through his eponymous line of groundbreaking video games, which are among the bestselling titles of all time."


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From Al Davis and the Raiders to Canton, from the booth to the bus to turduckens on Thanksgiving Day, this is the definitive Madden book, a wild collection of stories from his 50 years in the NFL. Longtime sports columnist Bryan Burwell has written the first comprehensive biography of this living legend, whose incredible football knowledge, down-home sensibilities, and tir From Al Davis and the Raiders to Canton, from the booth to the bus to turduckens on Thanksgiving Day, this is the definitive Madden book, a wild collection of stories from his 50 years in the NFL. Longtime sports columnist Bryan Burwell has written the first comprehensive biography of this living legend, whose incredible football knowledge, down-home sensibilities, and tireless work ethic made him arguably the most popular sports analyst in any sport. As a coach, he has the highest winning percentage in history, and he led the Oakland Raiders to a 1979 Super Bowl Championship. He followed that up by becoming the most beloved and popular football announcer in the country, and in the third stage of his public life, the Hall of Fame coach became known to new generations of fans through his eponymous line of groundbreaking video games, which are among the bestselling titles of all time."

30 review for Madden: A Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Spideygirl

    Great content. John is a multi dimensional person and great guy for sure. Not very well written though. I noticed a number of duplicate passages.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rob Rains

    A good review of a great career Madden’s biography almost doubles as the history of professional football from the 1960s into the present day. Madden’s tenure as an assistant and head coach was incredibly successful but his legacy is likely to be as the voice of the NFL for 30 years at all of its biggest moments. The biography itself is satisfying enough; Madden is the introspective type and the author does not offer much insight into his subject’s psyche. Still, the book does not suffer from tha A good review of a great career Madden’s biography almost doubles as the history of professional football from the 1960s into the present day. Madden’s tenure as an assistant and head coach was incredibly successful but his legacy is likely to be as the voice of the NFL for 30 years at all of its biggest moments. The biography itself is satisfying enough; Madden is the introspective type and the author does not offer much insight into his subject’s psyche. Still, the book does not suffer from that lack of insight. If you’re a football fan then you’ll breeze through this one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lane

    A very good biography of Madden and very easy read as Burwell does an excellent job with the flow of material. As a life long Raider fan (well from when I was 15 when the Raiders were formed) most of material is familiar but Burwell does a good job of putting together Madden's character and the various periods in his life. An excellent book for any football fan about an icon of the game. A very good biography of Madden and very easy read as Burwell does an excellent job with the flow of material. As a life long Raider fan (well from when I was 15 when the Raiders were formed) most of material is familiar but Burwell does a good job of putting together Madden's character and the various periods in his life. An excellent book for any football fan about an icon of the game.

  4. 5 out of 5

    J H Franks

    Book as good as his coaching! The book shares his life much earlier than I thought - from early life moves and presented all the features that led us to his coaching of the Raiders - fast reading.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael Battista

    The Coach Great read. Highly recommend it. Very informative and easy to read. Learned alot about the coach I didn't know about. The Coach Great read. Highly recommend it. Very informative and easy to read. Learned alot about the coach I didn't know about.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Fun read. Listened to Madden for so many years but never understood his rocket ride to head coach of the Oakland Raiders. The best part of the book is learning about the eccentric character of Al Davis, who is the Raiders coach at the start of the book, drivers out the Madden’s predecessor in the top coaching job in Oakland and eventually drive Madden to distraction and almost pushes him over the edge. The story of how Madden breaks into TV and then has a fundamental impact on how the sport is c Fun read. Listened to Madden for so many years but never understood his rocket ride to head coach of the Oakland Raiders. The best part of the book is learning about the eccentric character of Al Davis, who is the Raiders coach at the start of the book, drivers out the Madden’s predecessor in the top coaching job in Oakland and eventually drive Madden to distraction and almost pushes him over the edge. The story of how Madden breaks into TV and then has a fundamental impact on how the sport is covered by the media is also extremely interesting. High recommend the book for NFL football fans.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David

    A fond look at one of America's football icons. Burwell has done his legwork and produced an insider's view of an interesting, enigmatic man. A must read for football fans whatever their team affiliation. A fond look at one of America's football icons. Burwell has done his legwork and produced an insider's view of an interesting, enigmatic man. A must read for football fans whatever their team affiliation.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Fred Finklestein

    I love John Madden. This book was excellent. I feel like John and I are friends.Story very well told.Would recommend this to anyone. Thanks

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ted

    A readable, interesting book. A classic story of a guy who works hard, catches a few breaks, and becomes an icon.

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    jody osler

  11. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

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