North Dallas Forty

North Dallas Forty

This book is a fictional account of eight harrowing days in the life of a professional football player....

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Title:North Dallas Forty
Author:Peter Gent
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Genres:Sports and Games
ISBN:North Dallas Forty (Hall of Fame Edition, No. 1)
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:314 pages pages

North Dallas Forty Reviews

  • John Devlin
    Sep 22, 2011

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

    The athlete as commodity. Well, this isn't a book filled with sweetness and light, for certain sure. Mostly, it made me sad about life in the sixties, together with a sneaking suspicion attitudes haven't necessarily changed in some respects. Also? This is a good description of why a...

    The more things change The more they stay the same. Racism, misogyny, violence, injury both physical and psychic, drugs and money - that's the NFL and Texas. Published in 1973, Gent's book and trenchant insights hold up almost frighteningly well. And his description of the football...

    Good Read I had seen the movie many years ago and was curious about the difference. The book is more powerful than the movie. It's amazing how little has changed since this book came out. ...

    Somethin' Else I've read this book several times, and it seems to get better each time. It's depiction of life in the 60s is spot on, with the added insanity of professional sports. The ending is unforgettable. ...

    Goid read Hated the ending but it was a good read. Could have a more happy finish but the book was a as satirical look at the bad life they love! ...

    Enjoyed the movie years ago.the book was just as good. ...

    Entertaining, but I feel like the author punted (excuse the pun) for the final quarter of the story, setting off a tragic set of events with no context. ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this fictional account of the final eight days of a professional football player's career with a Dallas professional football team. The characters, if not the story line (who knows?), are based on the real Dallas Cowboys, for whom Gent played, its players, coaches,...

    The semi-autobiographical novel about the NFL in the 1970s is quite an education about the game in that era. It seems to be aimed at shocking the reader, but Jim Bouton had already accomplished much the same task with his baseball memoir Ball Four. And we all know that football had to ...

    3.85 crazy. Not for faint of heart. Laugh out loud funny at times ...

    When I came across a copy of North Dallas Forty, it seemed like I should read it, considering I'm from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and grew up with the Dallas Cowboys playing on the T.V. at every family gathering. For the first quarter of the book, I wondered if the characters would ...

    I really enjoyed reading North Dallas Forty. I read it for an article I was writing for D Magazine on The Great Dallas Novel. Peter Gent was a very talented, entertaining writer. Also a very angry writer. He loved football, but was angry at what the game was becoming. The book has ...

    I like this book a lot. Mostly because the book explains how someone life is as a football player. Plus it shows that someone people might not like you but you can overcome that make a lot of people like you because you try your hardest at something. But it can also teach you that if ...

    c1973. I read this book after seeing the fantastic film which is unusual for me as I normally do it the other way around. But I knew that there must be more to the story than depicted in the film. Written by Mr Gent who, I believe, was actually a "former offensive end for the Dallas co...

    A roman a clef of the late 60's in the NFL. Gent's story details the drugs, the women, and the endless pain that follows these men through their gridiron battles. Now, more a period piece, North Dallas depicts Texas and its prejudices against blacks and drugs as reflexively as it shine...

  • Sojyung
    Feb 23, 2010

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

  • Mark
    Jan 11, 2018

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

    The athlete as commodity. Well, this isn't a book filled with sweetness and light, for certain sure. Mostly, it made me sad about life in the sixties, together with a sneaking suspicion attitudes haven't necessarily changed in some respects. Also? This is a good description of why a...

    The more things change The more they stay the same. Racism, misogyny, violence, injury both physical and psychic, drugs and money - that's the NFL and Texas. Published in 1973, Gent's book and trenchant insights hold up almost frighteningly well. And his description of the football...

    Good Read I had seen the movie many years ago and was curious about the difference. The book is more powerful than the movie. It's amazing how little has changed since this book came out. ...

    Somethin' Else I've read this book several times, and it seems to get better each time. It's depiction of life in the 60s is spot on, with the added insanity of professional sports. The ending is unforgettable. ...

    Goid read Hated the ending but it was a good read. Could have a more happy finish but the book was a as satirical look at the bad life they love! ...

    Enjoyed the movie years ago.the book was just as good. ...

    Entertaining, but I feel like the author punted (excuse the pun) for the final quarter of the story, setting off a tragic set of events with no context. ...

  • Kemper
    Oct 12, 2011

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

  • Deborah
    Jul 27, 2018

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

    The athlete as commodity. Well, this isn't a book filled with sweetness and light, for certain sure. Mostly, it made me sad about life in the sixties, together with a sneaking suspicion attitudes haven't necessarily changed in some respects. Also? This is a good description of why a...

    The more things change The more they stay the same. Racism, misogyny, violence, injury both physical and psychic, drugs and money - that's the NFL and Texas. Published in 1973, Gent's book and trenchant insights hold up almost frighteningly well. And his description of the football...

  • Brendan
    Jun 02, 2011

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

    The athlete as commodity. Well, this isn't a book filled with sweetness and light, for certain sure. Mostly, it made me sad about life in the sixties, together with a sneaking suspicion attitudes haven't necessarily changed in some respects. Also? This is a good description of why a...

    The more things change The more they stay the same. Racism, misogyny, violence, injury both physical and psychic, drugs and money - that's the NFL and Texas. Published in 1973, Gent's book and trenchant insights hold up almost frighteningly well. And his description of the football...

    Good Read I had seen the movie many years ago and was curious about the difference. The book is more powerful than the movie. It's amazing how little has changed since this book came out. ...

    Somethin' Else I've read this book several times, and it seems to get better each time. It's depiction of life in the 60s is spot on, with the added insanity of professional sports. The ending is unforgettable. ...

    Goid read Hated the ending but it was a good read. Could have a more happy finish but the book was a as satirical look at the bad life they love! ...

    Enjoyed the movie years ago.the book was just as good. ...

    Entertaining, but I feel like the author punted (excuse the pun) for the final quarter of the story, setting off a tragic set of events with no context. ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this fictional account of the final eight days of a professional football player's career with a Dallas professional football team. The characters, if not the story line (who knows?), are based on the real Dallas Cowboys, for whom Gent played, its players, coaches,...

    The semi-autobiographical novel about the NFL in the 1970s is quite an education about the game in that era. It seems to be aimed at shocking the reader, but Jim Bouton had already accomplished much the same task with his baseball memoir Ball Four. And we all know that football had to ...

    3.85 crazy. Not for faint of heart. Laugh out loud funny at times ...

    When I came across a copy of North Dallas Forty, it seemed like I should read it, considering I'm from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and grew up with the Dallas Cowboys playing on the T.V. at every family gathering. For the first quarter of the book, I wondered if the characters would ...

    I really enjoyed reading North Dallas Forty. I read it for an article I was writing for D Magazine on The Great Dallas Novel. Peter Gent was a very talented, entertaining writer. Also a very angry writer. He loved football, but was angry at what the game was becoming. The book has ...

  • Charles
    Sep 16, 2016

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

  • Jake
    Aug 19, 2010

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

  • Cormac Zoso
    Nov 19, 2012

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

  • Jef Blocker
    Mar 02, 2016

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

    The athlete as commodity. Well, this isn't a book filled with sweetness and light, for certain sure. Mostly, it made me sad about life in the sixties, together with a sneaking suspicion attitudes haven't necessarily changed in some respects. Also? This is a good description of why a...

    The more things change The more they stay the same. Racism, misogyny, violence, injury both physical and psychic, drugs and money - that's the NFL and Texas. Published in 1973, Gent's book and trenchant insights hold up almost frighteningly well. And his description of the football...

    Good Read I had seen the movie many years ago and was curious about the difference. The book is more powerful than the movie. It's amazing how little has changed since this book came out. ...

    Somethin' Else I've read this book several times, and it seems to get better each time. It's depiction of life in the 60s is spot on, with the added insanity of professional sports. The ending is unforgettable. ...

    Goid read Hated the ending but it was a good read. Could have a more happy finish but the book was a as satirical look at the bad life they love! ...

    Enjoyed the movie years ago.the book was just as good. ...

    Entertaining, but I feel like the author punted (excuse the pun) for the final quarter of the story, setting off a tragic set of events with no context. ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this fictional account of the final eight days of a professional football player's career with a Dallas professional football team. The characters, if not the story line (who knows?), are based on the real Dallas Cowboys, for whom Gent played, its players, coaches,...

    The semi-autobiographical novel about the NFL in the 1970s is quite an education about the game in that era. It seems to be aimed at shocking the reader, but Jim Bouton had already accomplished much the same task with his baseball memoir Ball Four. And we all know that football had to ...

    3.85 crazy. Not for faint of heart. Laugh out loud funny at times ...

    When I came across a copy of North Dallas Forty, it seemed like I should read it, considering I'm from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and grew up with the Dallas Cowboys playing on the T.V. at every family gathering. For the first quarter of the book, I wondered if the characters would ...

  • Critter Reyome
    Feb 06, 2019

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Nov 01, 2011

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

  • David Keaton
    Apr 07, 2013

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

  • Jonathan Maas
    Oct 09, 2018

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

  • David
    Jan 22, 2017

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

  • Ruth
    Jul 23, 2011

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

    The athlete as commodity. Well, this isn't a book filled with sweetness and light, for certain sure. Mostly, it made me sad about life in the sixties, together with a sneaking suspicion attitudes haven't necessarily changed in some respects. Also? This is a good description of why a...

    The more things change The more they stay the same. Racism, misogyny, violence, injury both physical and psychic, drugs and money - that's the NFL and Texas. Published in 1973, Gent's book and trenchant insights hold up almost frighteningly well. And his description of the football...

    Good Read I had seen the movie many years ago and was curious about the difference. The book is more powerful than the movie. It's amazing how little has changed since this book came out. ...

    Somethin' Else I've read this book several times, and it seems to get better each time. It's depiction of life in the 60s is spot on, with the added insanity of professional sports. The ending is unforgettable. ...

    Goid read Hated the ending but it was a good read. Could have a more happy finish but the book was a as satirical look at the bad life they love! ...

    Enjoyed the movie years ago.the book was just as good. ...

    Entertaining, but I feel like the author punted (excuse the pun) for the final quarter of the story, setting off a tragic set of events with no context. ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this fictional account of the final eight days of a professional football player's career with a Dallas professional football team. The characters, if not the story line (who knows?), are based on the real Dallas Cowboys, for whom Gent played, its players, coaches,...

    The semi-autobiographical novel about the NFL in the 1970s is quite an education about the game in that era. It seems to be aimed at shocking the reader, but Jim Bouton had already accomplished much the same task with his baseball memoir Ball Four. And we all know that football had to ...

    3.85 crazy. Not for faint of heart. Laugh out loud funny at times ...

    When I came across a copy of North Dallas Forty, it seemed like I should read it, considering I'm from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and grew up with the Dallas Cowboys playing on the T.V. at every family gathering. For the first quarter of the book, I wondered if the characters would ...

    I really enjoyed reading North Dallas Forty. I read it for an article I was writing for D Magazine on The Great Dallas Novel. Peter Gent was a very talented, entertaining writer. Also a very angry writer. He loved football, but was angry at what the game was becoming. The book has ...

    I like this book a lot. Mostly because the book explains how someone life is as a football player. Plus it shows that someone people might not like you but you can overcome that make a lot of people like you because you try your hardest at something. But it can also teach you that if ...

    c1973. I read this book after seeing the fantastic film which is unusual for me as I normally do it the other way around. But I knew that there must be more to the story than depicted in the film. Written by Mr Gent who, I believe, was actually a "former offensive end for the Dallas co...

  • Steve
    Jan 19, 2013

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

    The athlete as commodity. Well, this isn't a book filled with sweetness and light, for certain sure. Mostly, it made me sad about life in the sixties, together with a sneaking suspicion attitudes haven't necessarily changed in some respects. Also? This is a good description of why a...

    The more things change The more they stay the same. Racism, misogyny, violence, injury both physical and psychic, drugs and money - that's the NFL and Texas. Published in 1973, Gent's book and trenchant insights hold up almost frighteningly well. And his description of the football...

    Good Read I had seen the movie many years ago and was curious about the difference. The book is more powerful than the movie. It's amazing how little has changed since this book came out. ...

    Somethin' Else I've read this book several times, and it seems to get better each time. It's depiction of life in the 60s is spot on, with the added insanity of professional sports. The ending is unforgettable. ...

    Goid read Hated the ending but it was a good read. Could have a more happy finish but the book was a as satirical look at the bad life they love! ...

    Enjoyed the movie years ago.the book was just as good. ...

    Entertaining, but I feel like the author punted (excuse the pun) for the final quarter of the story, setting off a tragic set of events with no context. ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this fictional account of the final eight days of a professional football player's career with a Dallas professional football team. The characters, if not the story line (who knows?), are based on the real Dallas Cowboys, for whom Gent played, its players, coaches,...

  • Lenny
    Apr 03, 2018

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

    The athlete as commodity. Well, this isn't a book filled with sweetness and light, for certain sure. Mostly, it made me sad about life in the sixties, together with a sneaking suspicion attitudes haven't necessarily changed in some respects. Also? This is a good description of why a...

    The more things change The more they stay the same. Racism, misogyny, violence, injury both physical and psychic, drugs and money - that's the NFL and Texas. Published in 1973, Gent's book and trenchant insights hold up almost frighteningly well. And his description of the football...

    Good Read I had seen the movie many years ago and was curious about the difference. The book is more powerful than the movie. It's amazing how little has changed since this book came out. ...

    Somethin' Else I've read this book several times, and it seems to get better each time. It's depiction of life in the 60s is spot on, with the added insanity of professional sports. The ending is unforgettable. ...

    Goid read Hated the ending but it was a good read. Could have a more happy finish but the book was a as satirical look at the bad life they love! ...

    Enjoyed the movie years ago.the book was just as good. ...

  • Jim Krotzman
    Jul 23, 2017

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

  • Chris Neill
    Jan 28, 2018

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

    The athlete as commodity. Well, this isn't a book filled with sweetness and light, for certain sure. Mostly, it made me sad about life in the sixties, together with a sneaking suspicion attitudes haven't necessarily changed in some respects. Also? This is a good description of why a...

    The more things change The more they stay the same. Racism, misogyny, violence, injury both physical and psychic, drugs and money - that's the NFL and Texas. Published in 1973, Gent's book and trenchant insights hold up almost frighteningly well. And his description of the football...

    Good Read I had seen the movie many years ago and was curious about the difference. The book is more powerful than the movie. It's amazing how little has changed since this book came out. ...

  • John
    Jan 10, 2013

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

    The athlete as commodity. Well, this isn't a book filled with sweetness and light, for certain sure. Mostly, it made me sad about life in the sixties, together with a sneaking suspicion attitudes haven't necessarily changed in some respects. Also? This is a good description of why a...

    The more things change The more they stay the same. Racism, misogyny, violence, injury both physical and psychic, drugs and money - that's the NFL and Texas. Published in 1973, Gent's book and trenchant insights hold up almost frighteningly well. And his description of the football...

    Good Read I had seen the movie many years ago and was curious about the difference. The book is more powerful than the movie. It's amazing how little has changed since this book came out. ...

    Somethin' Else I've read this book several times, and it seems to get better each time. It's depiction of life in the 60s is spot on, with the added insanity of professional sports. The ending is unforgettable. ...

    Goid read Hated the ending but it was a good read. Could have a more happy finish but the book was a as satirical look at the bad life they love! ...

    Enjoyed the movie years ago.the book was just as good. ...

    Entertaining, but I feel like the author punted (excuse the pun) for the final quarter of the story, setting off a tragic set of events with no context. ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this fictional account of the final eight days of a professional football player's career with a Dallas professional football team. The characters, if not the story line (who knows?), are based on the real Dallas Cowboys, for whom Gent played, its players, coaches,...

    The semi-autobiographical novel about the NFL in the 1970s is quite an education about the game in that era. It seems to be aimed at shocking the reader, but Jim Bouton had already accomplished much the same task with his baseball memoir Ball Four. And we all know that football had to ...

    3.85 crazy. Not for faint of heart. Laugh out loud funny at times ...

    When I came across a copy of North Dallas Forty, it seemed like I should read it, considering I'm from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and grew up with the Dallas Cowboys playing on the T.V. at every family gathering. For the first quarter of the book, I wondered if the characters would ...

    I really enjoyed reading North Dallas Forty. I read it for an article I was writing for D Magazine on The Great Dallas Novel. Peter Gent was a very talented, entertaining writer. Also a very angry writer. He loved football, but was angry at what the game was becoming. The book has ...

    I like this book a lot. Mostly because the book explains how someone life is as a football player. Plus it shows that someone people might not like you but you can overcome that make a lot of people like you because you try your hardest at something. But it can also teach you that if ...

  • Cyd
    Jan 16, 2019

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

  • Christopher Febles
    Feb 24, 2017

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

    The athlete as commodity. Well, this isn't a book filled with sweetness and light, for certain sure. Mostly, it made me sad about life in the sixties, together with a sneaking suspicion attitudes haven't necessarily changed in some respects. Also? This is a good description of why a...

    The more things change The more they stay the same. Racism, misogyny, violence, injury both physical and psychic, drugs and money - that's the NFL and Texas. Published in 1973, Gent's book and trenchant insights hold up almost frighteningly well. And his description of the football...

    Good Read I had seen the movie many years ago and was curious about the difference. The book is more powerful than the movie. It's amazing how little has changed since this book came out. ...

    Somethin' Else I've read this book several times, and it seems to get better each time. It's depiction of life in the 60s is spot on, with the added insanity of professional sports. The ending is unforgettable. ...

    Goid read Hated the ending but it was a good read. Could have a more happy finish but the book was a as satirical look at the bad life they love! ...

    Enjoyed the movie years ago.the book was just as good. ...

    Entertaining, but I feel like the author punted (excuse the pun) for the final quarter of the story, setting off a tragic set of events with no context. ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this fictional account of the final eight days of a professional football player's career with a Dallas professional football team. The characters, if not the story line (who knows?), are based on the real Dallas Cowboys, for whom Gent played, its players, coaches,...

    The semi-autobiographical novel about the NFL in the 1970s is quite an education about the game in that era. It seems to be aimed at shocking the reader, but Jim Bouton had already accomplished much the same task with his baseball memoir Ball Four. And we all know that football had to ...

    3.85 crazy. Not for faint of heart. Laugh out loud funny at times ...

  • Jon Koebrick
    Feb 04, 2018

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

  • Marian
    Jan 13, 2018

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

    The athlete as commodity. Well, this isn't a book filled with sweetness and light, for certain sure. Mostly, it made me sad about life in the sixties, together with a sneaking suspicion attitudes haven't necessarily changed in some respects. Also? This is a good description of why a...

  • Tom Stamper
    Jul 06, 2015

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

    The athlete as commodity. Well, this isn't a book filled with sweetness and light, for certain sure. Mostly, it made me sad about life in the sixties, together with a sneaking suspicion attitudes haven't necessarily changed in some respects. Also? This is a good description of why a...

    The more things change The more they stay the same. Racism, misogyny, violence, injury both physical and psychic, drugs and money - that's the NFL and Texas. Published in 1973, Gent's book and trenchant insights hold up almost frighteningly well. And his description of the football...

    Good Read I had seen the movie many years ago and was curious about the difference. The book is more powerful than the movie. It's amazing how little has changed since this book came out. ...

    Somethin' Else I've read this book several times, and it seems to get better each time. It's depiction of life in the 60s is spot on, with the added insanity of professional sports. The ending is unforgettable. ...

    Goid read Hated the ending but it was a good read. Could have a more happy finish but the book was a as satirical look at the bad life they love! ...

    Enjoyed the movie years ago.the book was just as good. ...

    Entertaining, but I feel like the author punted (excuse the pun) for the final quarter of the story, setting off a tragic set of events with no context. ...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this fictional account of the final eight days of a professional football player's career with a Dallas professional football team. The characters, if not the story line (who knows?), are based on the real Dallas Cowboys, for whom Gent played, its players, coaches,...

    The semi-autobiographical novel about the NFL in the 1970s is quite an education about the game in that era. It seems to be aimed at shocking the reader, but Jim Bouton had already accomplished much the same task with his baseball memoir Ball Four. And we all know that football had to ...

  • Kevin Shay
    Jan 27, 2019

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

  • Jack Webb
    Nov 05, 2017

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

    The athlete as commodity. Well, this isn't a book filled with sweetness and light, for certain sure. Mostly, it made me sad about life in the sixties, together with a sneaking suspicion attitudes haven't necessarily changed in some respects. Also? This is a good description of why a...

    The more things change The more they stay the same. Racism, misogyny, violence, injury both physical and psychic, drugs and money - that's the NFL and Texas. Published in 1973, Gent's book and trenchant insights hold up almost frighteningly well. And his description of the football...

    Good Read I had seen the movie many years ago and was curious about the difference. The book is more powerful than the movie. It's amazing how little has changed since this book came out. ...

    Somethin' Else I've read this book several times, and it seems to get better each time. It's depiction of life in the 60s is spot on, with the added insanity of professional sports. The ending is unforgettable. ...

  • Jeff Berger
    Jul 15, 2018

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

  • carl d ballinger
    Feb 28, 2019

    "I never saw a guy having so much fun and crying at the same time." Drugs, sex, exploitation, and alcohol provide the octane for 8 days in the life of Phil Elliott an aging wide receiver for a Dallas professional football team. Hunter S. Thompson would have been holding his hand up ...

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 13: Are You Ready For Some Football Under the Friday Night Lights On Any Given Sunday? The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent?s house and untouched fo...

    I picked up Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty" after Dr. Z (the formr Sports Illustrated columnist)'s recommendation. Always in the elusive hunt for a good football book, I excitedly hunted down a copy of the book which my favorite sports writer described in glowing terms. It's not t...

    A Classic on Par With Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness Yes - you heard me. This book is that good. I opened North Dallas Forty with an open mind, thinking it would just be a quality title from the 70s. It was more than just a quality title. Peter Gent, former Dallas Cowboy, w...

    A ridiculously ambitious novel from a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (!) who I will always picture as Nick Nolte, in spite of the strange, wizard-like author photo on the back cover. This book is basically responsible for Any Given Sunday decades later, and, in fact, was made into...

    I saw the movie made from this book years ago and that ignited my interest in reading the original story. There are ways that the book is better and ways the movie is better. Both are about 8 days in the life of a professional football player, a receiver. Most of the actions depicted i...

    Peter Gent's jarring Roman a clef about playing for the late-60s Dallas Cowboys still holds up well today. A no-holds-barred account on the violent life of an NFL athlete, it gives the reader pause for reflection that even in 2011, the players in the league are playing under less than ...

    Peter Gent must have really had it in for the NFL. A former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he wrote this best seller about a team suspiciously like the early 70s version of America?s Team, with thinly-veiled versions of Coach Tom Landry, Quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, and him...

    North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent is a novelized equivalent of baseball's non-fiction Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Protagonist Phil Elliott tells the story of the Dallas Cowboys of the 60s who party, drink, use drugs, womanize, endure terrible pain, suffer racism, and feel fear. Phil "final...

    North Dallas Forty seemed like an appropriate book choice during Super Bowl Week. I have only seen bits of the movie with Nick Norte and Mac Davis. Certainly much has changed in NFL football in the approximately 50 years since this book was conceived by Peter Gent yet the bodily sacrif...

    A sports classic, probably the most ground-breaking sports book of its generation. Mr. Gent changed the face of pro sports with this book, forcing owners to deal with issues like using painkillers to make players perform hurt. I grew up with the Cowboys and in later years, emailed Mr...

    *** Here Be Spoilers *** Peter Gent broke open the secretive world of pro football just as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" had peeled back the horsehide of pro baseball. By the way, Gent, his last name, is pronounced with a hard G, as in 'gator' or 'gavel' (as he explained on an NPR interv...

    Brutally honest and ultimately depressing. Gent tells it like it was, and probably still is...violent, sick, and real. The followup is a must if you come away from this battered like a wide receiver after a rough game. Absolutely remarkable and more than a small part responsible for my...

    The recreational drugs and sex scenes are tedious, but, hey, it was the 70s. Which also explains the paranoia and hippie pseudo philosophy. Sadly, the pain, sexism, and general nastiness of the NFL seem unchanged. Extra star for being early to tell the truth, and to try to explain why ...

    I picked this up for less than a buck and read it as part of my read-myself-a-boyhood/manhood project. It's fiction but echoes Alex Karras's bio about the harsh realities of pro football in the 1960s. The misogyny, drugs, and physical brutality of the sport are intense. Definitely not ...

    The athlete as commodity. Well, this isn't a book filled with sweetness and light, for certain sure. Mostly, it made me sad about life in the sixties, together with a sneaking suspicion attitudes haven't necessarily changed in some respects. Also? This is a good description of why a...

    The more things change The more they stay the same. Racism, misogyny, violence, injury both physical and psychic, drugs and money - that's the NFL and Texas. Published in 1973, Gent's book and trenchant insights hold up almost frighteningly well. And his description of the football...

    Good Read I had seen the movie many years ago and was curious about the difference. The book is more powerful than the movie. It's amazing how little has changed since this book came out. ...

    Somethin' Else I've read this book several times, and it seems to get better each time. It's depiction of life in the 60s is spot on, with the added insanity of professional sports. The ending is unforgettable. ...

    Goid read Hated the ending but it was a good read. Could have a more happy finish but the book was a as satirical look at the bad life they love! ...