THE PATS outlines the definitive, lively, and robust history of the New England Patriots, from Billy Sullivan to Bill Belichick and everything in between. The New England Patriots have become a dynasty, though it didn’t begin that way. Love them or hate them, Pats have captured this country’s attention like no other franchise. From two award-winning authors, this is the first complete story of a legendary team and its five championship trophies.
In the tradition of their celebrated illustrated histories of some of sports’ most iconic franchises, Stout and Johnson tell the history in full and in colorful detail, along with essays by Richard Johnson, Upton Bell, Leigh Montville, Howard Bryant, Ron Borges, Lesley Visser, and George Plimpton. This is a lavishly illustrated tale full of larger-than-life characters—from founding owner Billy Sullivan, early stars like Syracuse running back Jim Nance and beloved wide receiver turned broadcaster Gino Cappeletti, to Hall of Famers and stars like John Hannah, Russ Francis, and Steve Grogan through to present-day stars like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and owner Bob Kraft.
Glenn Stout is the series editor of The Best American Sports Writing, the author of The Young Woman and the Sea and Fenway 1912, and has collaborated with Richard Johnson on Red Sox Century, Yankees Century, The Cubs, and The Dodgers. He lives in Allburgh, Vermont.
Richard Johnson is the author of New England Patriots: Yesterday and Today. He is also the curator of the Sports Museum of New England. A native of Worcester, he currently lives in Braintree.
Leigh Montville is a former sports columnist for the Boston Globe and former senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He has written nine books including New York Times bestsellers about Dale Earnhardt, Ted Williams, and Babe Ruth. He lives in Medfield.
Howard Bryant is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. He has been the sports correspondent for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Saturday since 2006, and worked at several newspapers including the Boston Herald and The Washington Post. A Boston native, Mr. Bryant is the author of Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston, Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball, The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron, and the three-book Legends series for middle-grade readers. His profile of Dusty Baker for ESPN.com appeared in the 2011 edition of The Best American Sports Writing. Mr. Bryant was also a 2016 finalist for the National Magazine Award for commentary.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.