Lots of “Patriotic” Summer Reading

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Patriotic Summer Reading List

Summer is over and very soon the kids will be going back to school. (THANK GOD!) However the kids aren’t the only ones who should be hitting the books this fall thanks to a glut of Patriots books hitting the market this fall. Here are the top three assignments this fall.

3. If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the New England Patriots Sideline, Locker Room and Press Box by Scott Zolak and Jeff Howe- Available 10/2/18.
There are few people more entertaining in the Patriot universe than Zo. I’ll admit that when I saw the title to this one, I thought it was yet another quickie sports book with anecdotes that any true fan has probably already heard 50 times. But when I saw that Zolak and Jeff Howe authored this book, I immediately pre-ordered it. Howe is one of the top Pats beat writers and Zo is well Zo. (Get your tickets to see Scott Zolak when he comes to Bangor on September 5th, VIP tickets still available! Just $35, available right here http://www.jeffsolari.com/events)

2. Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time by Ian O’Connor- Available 9/25/18.
I preordered this one based off one number, 512. That’s the number of pages in this book. I don’t judge books by their cover, I judge them by their heft. With a subject like Bill Belichick I need at least 400 pages for me to take a tome seriously. O’Connor is a good writer, but the shoes on this topic are going to be tough to fill after David Halberstam’s 2006, The Education of a Coach. One more note on the page count, 512: 5-number of Patriots Super Bowls + 12 Tom Brady’s number. Seems like a good omen.

1. Five Rings: The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots (So Far) by Jerry Thornton- Available 9/4/18

If the follow up to Thornton’s first Book “From Darkness to Dynasty: The first 40 years of the New England Patriots” is 50% as good as the first I’ll be more overwhelmed than Andy Reid at a Golden Corral on free roast beef night. Thornton mixes interesting Patriots narratives, history and vast amounts of humor that combine nicely into a sweet smoothie of Pats-porn-goodness. Look, in his first book, Thornton made the 40 years where the Pats didn’t win Super Bowls more fun than the Summer of George, imagine what he can do with the 18 years the Patriots have scorched the NFL!

Extra credit reading: Gridiron Genius by Michael Lombardi- Available 9/11/18.

Lombardi profiles Al Davis, Bill Walsh and Bill Belichick. Lombardi worked with all three football visionaries including as Belichick’s GM in Cleveland and most recently as a special assistant in New England up until 2016. Lombardi had inside access to the behind the scenes working of Bill Belichick and this book is sure to give a glimpse behind the curtain.

This Sports Chowdah blog was written by The Unnamed Source.

The “Unamed Source” is famous in media circles these days. This one in particular works in local Maine sports media, but for any number of reasons, wants to stay anonymous.

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