The People's Team: An Illustrated History of the Green Bay Packers

Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2019. 416p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781328460134. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781328459909. SPORTS.
Befitting this 13-time NFL champion’s unique story and organization structure, this illustrated history of Wisconsin’s Green Bay Packers celebrates the team’s 100th anniversary in an exceptional manner. Written with great skill and attention to detail, the narrative provides extensive background on the town of Green Bay itself. While former Sports Illustrated editor Beech covers the team’s on-field performance and profiles many of the Hall of Famers and other prominent players and coaches, he also relates stories of executive committee members along with local figures and fans who played noteworthy roles in the team’s survival. The Packers are the only franchise publicly owned; as such, community issues are of strong significance and given emphasis in this essential, attractive team history.
VERDICT The Packers have a national following and a history unlike any other. This beautiful book chronicles that legacy exceedingly well.

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