Originally Posted by UKCowboysFan
I would like a good biography of Tom Landry, is there one you would recommend?
Let me list the ones I know of, with a blurb about each one:
1979 (*) St. John, Bob. 'The Man Inside...Landry'. Waco, TX: Word Books. 1st of the many Landry bios, written while he was still coaching.
1989 (*) St. John, Bob. 'The Landry Legend: Grace Under Pressure'. Dallas: Word Publishing. 2nd bio, 1st after the firing.
1990 Bayless, Skip. 'God's Coach: The Hymns, Hype, and Hypocrisy of Tom Landry's Cowboys'. NY: Simon & Schuster. An irreverent view of the "man in the funny hat". Skippy is not a favorite among Cowboy fans and this book tends to get negative reviews, even from objective reviewers.
1990 (*) Landry, Tom & Gregg Lewis. 'Tom Landry: An Autobiography'. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing. 4th bio overall; 3rd "post-JJ"
2000 Kaski, Jennifer Briggs. 'The Book of Landry'. TowleHouse Publishing. Not a bio exactly; quotes and testimonials
2000 (*) St. John, Bob. 'Landry: The Legend and the Legacy'. Thomas Nelson. 1st bio released after his passing, and probably the best.
2001 Freeman, Denne and Jaime Aron. 'I Remember Tom Landry'. Sports Publishing LLC. Not a bio exactly; remembrances by those who knew him.
2009 Snyder, Donnie and Ken Horton. 'Tom Landry: Man of Character'. Cross Training Publishing. Snyder worked with Landry at FCA.
(*) These are "authorized" biographies, written either by or with Coach Landry, or with his cooperation.
I'd say the best of the lot, if you can buy only one, is the 2000 Bob St. John book, 'Landry: The Legend and the Legacy'. Other fans may have a different view and are free to chime in. Its been a long time since I've read most of these, but that's the one I'd recommend. Before you make a final decision, take a look at each one on Amazon, read the customer reviews (if available) and the publisher blurbs also.
Good luck; come back and tell us what you think after you get a chance to read them.