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Book lovers and true Giants fans - get "Lombardi and Landry"


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A new book just came out that might be the best book yet written about the Giants. I haven't had a chance to pick it up yet, but I plan to as soon as I can. Here's the book comments:


"A riveting look back at two Hall of Fame coaches who were instrumental in making pro football the great game it is today. It's one of the best books I've ever read about this momentous era in Giants history." --Frank Gifford, New York Giants Hall of Famer


"This is a fascinating behind the scenes look at arguably the two greatest assistant coaches on one staff in NFL history. The dynamics of these very different but brilliant men is compelling. Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down." --Ernie Accorsi, former General Manager, New York Giants


"Greatness is not born; it's developed and honed. The history and greatness of Coach Landry and Coach Lombardi is developed and honed by Ernie Palladino is his page-turning book. It's a great read for all of us who love sports and who love a challenge." --Dan Lauria, star of the Broadway play "Lombardi"


"In accessible, exciting prose, sportswriter and Giants beat reporter Palladino highlights the achievements of legends Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry, who both worked as assistant coaches under the New York Giants' Jim Lee Howell." --Publishers Weekly --Publishers Weekly


"Virtually all serious NFL fans know about the storied coaching careers of Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers and Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys, but there are many younger fans that do not know that in the 1950s both of these legends served together as assistant coaches for the New York Giants under Jim Lee Howell. In "Lombardi and Landry," author Ernie Palladino looks back at the era when the two coached in the Big Apple.


Palladino recalls how the Giants' superlative coaching staff was assembled, how fortunate Lombardi and Landry were to work for Howell, and describes the working relationship between the two. The author notes some of the innovations Lombardi made on offense and Landry made on defense, and relates some of the personal characteristics of each that were integral to their coaching success.


The book provides good detail of the key games in Giants history during the five seasons (1954 through 1958) that Lombardi and Landry were both assistants for the team, with special emphasis on the 1956 title season and the 1958 campaign in which the team fell to the Baltimore Colts in the famous title game. The author closes by chronicling the post-New York years of the two coaches.


Since it has now been almost a half-century since the first Super Bowl was played, many tend to focus on the Super Bowl era only and forget that the NFL had much rich, interesting history prior to 1967. In "Lombardi and Landry," Palladino does fans of the league a service by providing a thoroughly researched, well-written look back at the role of two legendary coaches in an era of NFL history that deserves to be remembered." Eric Mayforth



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