Joe Nick Patoski

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Joe Nick Patoski at the 2012  Texas Book Festival

They have been delighting their fans and infuriating their rivals since 1960.Love the Dallas Cowboys or hate them, there's no such thing as a football fan who doesn't have an opinion about “America’s Team.” What sets the Cowboys apart from all other NFL franchises is that they have never been just about football. With their overbearing, ego-driven owner, players who can't stay out of the tabloids, a palatial new home field that sets the standard for modern stadiums, fans as enthusiastic as cheerleaders, and cheerleaders who are nearly as famous as the team itself, the Cowboys have become a staple of Americana. In The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America, Cowboys' stories abound, involving everything from the team's founder to its coaches, from running backs to quarterbacks. Author Joe Nick Patoski brings us a book that is not just an account of the team, but a very rich portrait of a time, a place, and a culture. Patoski is the author of the award-winning Willie Nelson: An Epic Life as well as biographies of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Tejano music star Selena. He has written for No DepressionTexas MonthlyRolling StoneCountry MusicTV Guide, and the Austin American-Statesman. He lives in the Texas Hill Country.