The Dynasty

October 31, 2020
The Dynasty

From the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthorof Tiger Woods comes the definitive inside story of theNew England Patriots—the greatest sports dynasty of the 21stcentury.It's easy to forget that the New England Patriots were once thelaughingstock of the NFL, a nearly bankrupt team that had never wona championship and was on the brink of moving to St. Louis.Everything changed in 1994, when Robert Kraft acquired thefranchise and soon brought on board head coach Bill Belichick andquarterback Tom Brady. Since then, the Patriots have become ajuggernaut, making ten trips to the Super Bowl, winning six ofthem, and emerging as one of the most valuable sports franchises inthe world. Today, the team's twenty-year reign atop the NFL standsas the longest in league history.How was the Patriots dynasty built? And how did it last for twodecades? In The Dynasty, acclaimed journalist JeffBenedict provides richly reported answers in a sweeping accountbased on exclusive interviews with more than two hundredinsiders—including team executives, coaches, players, players'wives, team doctors, lawyers, and more—as well as never-before-seenrecordings, documents, and electronic communications.Through his exhaustive research, Benedict uncovers surprisingnew details about the inner workings of a team notorious for itssecrecy. He puts readers in the room as Robert Kraft outmaneuvers alegion of lawyers and investors to buy the team. We listen in onthe phone call when the greatest trade ever made—Bill Belichick fora first-round draft choice—is negotiated. And we look over theshoulder of forty-year-old Tom Brady as a surgeon operates on histhrowing hand on the eve of the AFC Championship Game in 2018.But the portrait that emerges in The Dynasty is morerewarding than new details alone. By tracing the team's epic runthrough the perspectives of Kraft, Belichick, and Brady—each ofwhom was interviewed for the book—the author provides a wealth ofnew insight into the complex human beings most responsible for thePatriots' success. We watch the NFL's savviest owner treat Bradylike a son, empower Belichick to cut and trade beloved players, andspend sleepless nights figuring out diplomatic ways to keep Bradyand Belichick together for two decades. We come to understand how agenius head coach keeps his players at an emotional distance andblocks out anything that gets in the way of winning. And weexperience the relentless drive, ferocious competitive nature, andemotional sensitivity that allows Brady to continue playingfootball into his forties.The result is an intimate portrait that captures the human dramaof the dynasty's three key characters while also revealing thesecrets behind their success. This is perhaps the most compellingand illuminating book that will ever be written about the greatestprofessional sports team of our time.