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The Last Cowboy: A Life of Tom Landry

Discussion in 'History Zone' started by fgoodwin, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. fgoodwin

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  2. Plankton

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    I read it. Overall, it was a pretty comprehensive bio, and seemed to capture the man that Landry was. The fact that both Alicia and Tom Jr. contributed to it likely had a lot to do with it.

    The author, though, does a pretty thorough hatchet job on Jerry Jones, and it was borderline unfair when you consider the circumstances of when he bought the team.
  3. fgoodwin

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    Much has been made by the media (especially in NYC) about the claim that Landry "died a Giants fan". Having read the book, would you say that's a fair assessment, or is it taken out of context? I'm ashamed to admit I haven't read it (it's on my list) or I wouldn't have to ask.
  4. Plankton

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    The assertion of this was made in the very first chapter of the book. It was low hanging fruit for the media to go after.

    I don't think that there is any question that the Landry's do not have Jerry Jones on their Christmas card list. The way that Jones was characterized was a bit heavy handed and over the top. Schramm largely gets a pass in the book, and he was just as guilty for how badly the end was handled.

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