A Season in the Sun: The Inside Story of Bruce Arians, Tom Brady, and the Making of a Champion

Morrow. Oct. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9780063160200. $28.99. SPORTS
Sportswriter Anderson (Chasing the Bear; The Quarterback Whisperer) takes readers behind the scenes of the clandestine operation that brought megastar quarterback Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020, after two decades as a New England Patriot. Well into his 40s, Brady was convinced by Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians to sign with Tampa Bay. Brady and Arians subsequently engineered a storybook season for the lowly Buccaneers, Anderson writes, even as the team faced the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The book offers a full account of this most unpredictable and unlikely of football seasons. Sports fans will enjoy the detail and energy in Anderson’s deeply researched narrative and relish the cloak-and-dagger machinations he reveals. A fascinating previously untold story, which Anderson recounts with a fan’s passion.
VERDICT Anderson’s animated, comprehensive history of the Buccaneers’ singularly triumphant season is recommended for sports collections in all public libraries.
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