The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire


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5.4 X 8.5 X 1.1 inches | 0.78 pounds
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About the Author

John Eisenberg is the author of nine previous books, including That First Season and Ten-Gallon War, and a former sportswriter for the Baltimore Sun. He also has written for Sports Illustrated and Smithsonian Magazine. Eisenberg lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


"[A] deeply researched, surprise-on-every-page, and altogether marvelous new book"--Weekly Standard
"John Eisenberg tells the fascinating account of how five owners, including the Bears's George Halas, cut through their disputes and differences to work together to form the foundations of the league."--Chicago Tribune
"The pluck-and-luck tale of the creation and stabilization of the league is a small but exemplary chapter in American capitalism and popular culture."--Wall Street Journal
"Drawing on extensive research and personal interviews with descendants of the principle figures, Eisenberg (That First Season) puts a nearly century-old story into contemporary context. Football fans of all teams will appreciate this fascinating history."--Publishers Weekly
"A readable and fresh look at the early history of the NFL"--Library Journal
"Fans who only know the league as it exists today will be shocked and fascinated by its early years."--Booklist
"A rich history of the rise of the National Football League from its virtual obscurity at its genesis in the 1920s to its position as an economic and cultural powerhouse today... Thoroughly researched and gracefully told... An engaging and informative cultural history, on and off the gridiron."--Kirkus (Starred)