New Release Books by Jeff Benedict

Jeff Benedict is the author of The Dynasty (2021), Tiger Woods (2019), Qb (2017), The System (2013), How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy (2016) and other 12 books.

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The Dynasty

release date: Sep 07, 2021
The Dynasty
*NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* From the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Tiger Woods comes the definitive inside story of the New England Patriots—the greatest sports dynasty of the 21st century. It’s easy to forget that the New England Patriots were once the laughingstock of the NFL, a nearly bankrupt team that had never won a championship and was on the brink of moving to St. Louis. Everything changed in 1994, when Robert Kraft acquired the franchise and soon brought on board head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Since then, the Patriots have become a juggernaut, making ten trips to the Super Bowl, winning six of them, and emerging as one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world. How was the Patriots dynasty built? And how did it last for two decades? In The Dynasty, acclaimed journalist Jeff Benedict provides richly reported answers in a sweeping account based on exclusive interviews with more than two hundred insiders—including team executives, coaches, players, players’ wives, team doctors, lawyers, and more—as well as never-before-seen recordings, documents, and electronic communications. Through his exhaustive research, Benedict uncovers surprising new details about the inner workings of a team notorious for its secrecy. He puts us in the room as Robert Kraft outmaneuvers a legion of lawyers and investors to buy the team. We listen in on the phone call when the greatest trade ever made—Bill Belichick for a first-round draft choice—is negotiated. And we look over the shoulder of forty-year-old Tom Brady as a surgeon operates on his throwing hand on the eve of the AFC Championship Game in 2018. But the portrait that emerges in The Dynasty is more rewarding than new details alone. By tracing the team’s epic run through the perspectives of Kraft, Belichick, and Brady—each of whom was interviewed for the book—the author provides a wealth of new insight into the complex human beings most responsible for the Patriots’ success. The result is an intimate portrait that captures the human drama of the dynasty’s three key characters while also revealing the secrets behind their success. “The Dynasty is…[a] masterpiece…It’s a relationship book, it’s a football book, it’s a business book…you’ll just eat up these stories” (Colin Cowherd).

Tiger Woods

release date: Apr 02, 2019
Tiger Woods
The inspiration for the HBO documentary from Academy Award–winning producer Alex Gibney. The #1 New York Times bestseller based on years of reporting and interviews with more than 250 people from every corner of Tiger Woods’s life—this “comprehensive, propulsive…and unsparing” (The New Yorker) biography is “an ambitious 360-degree portrait of golf’s most scrutinized figure…brimming with revealing details” (Golf Digest). In 2009, Tiger Woods was the most famous athlete on the planet, a transcendent star of almost unfathomable fame and fortune living what appeared to be the perfect life. But it turned out he had been living a double life for years—one that exploded in the aftermath of a Thanksgiving night crash that exposed his serial infidelity and sent his personal and professional lives over a cliff. In this “searing biography of golf’s most blazing talent” (GOLF magazine), Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian dig deep behind the headlines to produce a richly reported answer to the question that has mystified millions of sports fans for nearly a decade: who is Tiger Woods, really? Drawing on more than four hundred interviews with people from every corner of Woods’s life—many of whom have never spoken about him on the record before—Benedict and Keteyian construct a captivating psychological profile of a mixed race child programmed by an attention-grabbing father and the original Tiger Mom to be the “chosen one,” to change not just the game of golf, but the world as well. But at what cost? Benedict and Keteyian provide the starling answers in this definitive biography that is destined to linger in the minds of readers for years to come. “Irresistible…Immensely readable…Benedict and Keteyian bring us along for the ride in a whirlwind of a biography that reads honest and true” (The Wall Street Journal). Ultimately, Tiger Woods is “a big American story…exhilarating, depressing, tawdry, and moving in almost equal measure” (The New York Times).

Qb

release date: Oct 10, 2017
Qb
"This book is a terrific read." --Jim Rome "I couldn't put it down." --Brian Kilmeade "Details his great football life . . . A remarkable story. An amazing saga." --Mike Francesa Steve Young produced some of the most memorable moments in NFL history. But Young's most impressive victories have been personal ones that were won off the field when no one was watching.QB is a remarkably revealing memoir of a Mormon boy with a 4.0 GPA, a photographic memory, and a severe case of childhood separation anxiety. As an eighth-string quarterback at Brigham Young University, Young persevered through homesickness and a coach who said he'd never make it as a quarterback. Determined to prove his coach wrong, Young became an All-American, finished second in the Heisman voting, and was the top draft choice coming out of college. After signing the largest contract in sports history, he was so overwhelmed by expectations that he nearly walked away from football. Young's quest was always about grit. Now, he shares the experience of being inside his helmet while he runs through opponents both on and off the field.

The System

release date: Sep 17, 2013
The System
A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year NCAA football is big business. Every Saturday millions of people file into massive stadiums or tune in on television as "athlete-students" give everything they've got to make their team a success. Billions of dollars now flow into the game. But what is the true cost? The players have no share in the oceans of money. And once the lights go down, the glitter doesn't shine so brightly. Filled with mind-blowing details of major NCAA football scandals, with stops at Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Missouri, BYU, LSU, Texas A&M and many more, The System explores and exposes the complex, and perhaps broken, machine that churns behind the glamour of college football. With a New Afterword

How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy

release date: Feb 12, 2016
How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy
Foreword by Warren Buffett Develop a Highly Successful Business How do you take a good company and transform it into one that even the billionaire Warren Buffett would buy? Any entrepreneur will appreciate – indeed, love! – this fascinating story sharing the life lessons that Bill Child learned as he built R. C. Willey, a highly successful furniture business eventually bought out by the legendary Warren Buffett. Lessons on leadership, frugality, honesty, integrity, innovation, and customer service will inspire and motivate readers. Bill’s philosophies speak about how: • Character and work ethic carry more weight than resumes • Change is an essential ingredient for success in the retail industry • Companies that don’t adapt don’t last • Delegation is vital to growing a small business Jeff Benedict is considered one of America’s top investigative journalists. He has published several critically acclaimed books, and his articles have been published in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on ESPN, NBC Nightly News, CBS’s 60 Minutes, and ABC News. Currently, Jeff teaches creative writing at Southern Virginia University. He lives in Virginia with his wife and their four children.

My Name Used to Be Muhammad

release date: Feb 02, 2016
My Name Used to Be Muhammad
Born in Nigeria, Tito Momen was raised to observe the strict and radical teachings of Islam. As early as age five, he was waking before dawn every morning to attend the mosque and pray with the men in his village. By age six, he was training to memorize the Qur'an by copying the entire book word for word. And as he grew he was being raised to emerge as a leader among clerics, capable of leading a jihad to convert nonbelievers to Islam. As a young student he was introduced to Christianity and later baptized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a decision which lead to estrangement from his family and harsh cultural and legal consequences. A memoir of faith, freedom, and redemption, this is an inspirational story of a man whose faith journey lead to a life sentence at a notoriously harsh Egyptian prison until his physical and spiritual release.

No Bone Unturned

release date: Oct 13, 2009
No Bone Unturned
“A fast and exciting read. . . . This survey of Owsley’s career will appeal to both science and legal buffs.” --Publishers Weekly The story of the Smithsonian’s brilliant forensic anthropologist and the 9,000-year-old skeleton that sparked his landmark lawsuit against the U.S. government When he is not studying ancient skeletons, Doug Owsley is enlisted by the State Department and the FBI to identify remains. He has worked on some of the most notorious tragedies in recent history—Bosnia, Waco, 9/11 and Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims among them. When an anthropologist in Kennewick, WA, calls Owsley to help study a 9,000 year-old caucasoid skeleton, he gets caught up in a battle against the Justice Department and Indian tribes who claim the skeleton is Native American and should be buried and not analyzed. Owsley, backed by scientists worldwide, files suit against the government and is now at the forefront of a landmark case—currently pending a ruling in the U.S. District Court—that may alter repatriation laws and have a significant impact on the classic views of Native Americans, migration patterns, and anthropology, as well as our understanding of prehistory.

Pros and Cons

release date: Jul 02, 2014
Pros and Cons
Examines the criminal records of NFL players.

Out of Bounds

release date: Mar 17, 2009
Out of Bounds
The top national expert on athletes and crime and the author of Pros and Cons brings us a controversial in-depth look at criminals in the NBA The Kobe Bryant rape case and the arrest of Baylor basketball player Carlton Dotson for allegedly murdering teammate Patrick Dennehy, has galvanized the attention of the public and the press on athletes and crime. Jeff Benedict, with his background in research regarding professional athletes and crime, uses these cases as a springboard into an unprecedented look at criminals who play professional basketball. In this raw exposé, Benedict evaluates every single current player in the NBA and his criminal history, revealing new and startling information about NBA players, the crimes they commit, the league’s tolerance and complacency in these instances, as well as the manner in which these cases are handled or disposed of in the justice system.

Little Pink House

release date: Jan 26, 2009
Little Pink House
SOON TO BE A MOTION PICTURE STARRING CATHERINE KEENER "Catherine Keener nails the combination of anger, grace, and attitude that made Susette Kelo a nationally known crusader." -- Deadline Hollywood Suzette Kelo was just trying to rebuild her life when she purchased a falling down Victorian house perched on the waterfront in New London, CT. The house wasn't particularly fancy, but with lots of hard work Suzette was able to turn it into a home that was important to her, a home that represented her new found independence. Little did she know that the City of New London, desperate to revive its flailing economy, wanted to raze her house and the others like it that sat along the waterfront in order to win a lucrative Pfizer pharmaceutical contract that would bring new business into the city. Kelo and fourteen neighbors flat out refused to sell, so the city decided to exercise its power of eminent domain to condemn their homes, launching one of the most extraordinary legal cases of our time, a case that ultimately reached the United States Supreme Court. In Little Pink House, award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict takes us behind the scenes of this case -- indeed, Suzette Kelo speaks for the first time about all the details of this inspirational true story as one woman led the charge to take on corporate America to save her home. Praise for the book: "Passionate...a page-turner with conscience." -- Publishers Weekly

The Mormon Way of Doing Business

release date: Jul 02, 2014
The Mormon Way of Doing Business
Jeff Benedict examines the lives & careers of devout Mormons who have risen to the very top in American business circles, to show how the strongest Christian values can go hand in hand with a successful business career.

Poisoned

release date: May 14, 2013
Poisoned
Presents an account of the E. coli outbreak involving hamburger meat from the Jack in the Box fast food chain, including coverage of the subsequent lawsuit and interviews with executives, researchers, lawyers, and the victims' families.

Without Reservation

release date: Jul 03, 2001
Without Reservation
With compelling detail, Without Reservation tells the stunning story of the rise of the richest Indian tribe in history. In 1973, an old American Indian woman dies with nothing left of her tribe but a 214-acre tract of abandoned forest. It seems to be the end of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe. But it is just the beginning. Over the next three decades, the reservation grows to nearly 2,000 acres, home to more than 600 people claiming to be tribal members. It has also become home to Foxwoods, the largest casino in the world, grossing more than $1 billion a year. Without Reservation reveals the mysterious roots of today's Pequot tribe, the racial tension that divides its members, and the Machiavellian internal power struggle over who will control the tribe's funds. Author Jeff Benedict brings to us the deal makers, the courtroom machinations, the trusts and betrayals. Now, with remarkable new information, the paperback brings us up-to-date on these revelations, which lead to state and federal investigations and calls for congressional hearings.

Athletes and Acquaintance Rape

release date: Mar 09, 1998
Athletes and Acquaintance Rape
This book takes a provocative look at specific aspects of professional athletic life that contribute to a climate favourable to athletes sexually assaulting women - a climate which also protects offenders from conviction and punishment. The book focuses on three high-profile incidents, and concludes that the problem is generated more by celebrity than athletic prowess: jurors are unable to reach an unbiased verdict because the athletes are held in such high esteem by the public.

Public Heroes, Private Felons

release date: Jan 01, 1997
Public Heroes, Private Felons
Making use of extensive interviews with athletes, victims, attorneys, coaches, and others, the author offers evidence that college and professional male athletes are more violent toward women than their peers and attempts to explain why. UP.

LeBron

release date: Apr 04, 2023
LeBron
The first definitive biography of basketball legend LeBron James, by the acclaimed author of Tiger Woods. LeBron is unquestionably the greatest basketball player of the 21st century. Off the court, LeBron's political activism, outspoken stance on racism and social injustice have helped build a social media presence that includes 117 million followers on Instagram and 51 million followers on Twitter. He is an international brand worth billions of dollars. He doesn’t just have huge endorsement deals with some of the biggest corporations in the world; LeBron sits on boards of directors and has an equity stake in the companies he sponsors. He has forged a close friendship with President Barack Obama and clashed publicly with President Donald Trump. As a child, LeBron was a lost little boy living in a public housing project in Akron, Ohio. His mother, who had LeBron when she was just sixteen, would disappear for days at a time. Scared and alone, LeBron rarely attended school. He was dirt poor and fatherless. And he had never played organised basketball. Yet he would become the most successful and most popular athlete that the United States has produced this century, bringing success to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers. To tell this epic story, Benedict has done exhaustive research, digging through thousands of pages of primary source documents, articles, books and hundreds of hours of video footage. He’s also conducted hundreds of interviews with the people who were intimately involved with LeBron from the beginning of his life to the present. He shows the initial slow rise of a star that suddenly transformed into a speeding comet during his senior year of high school. It is a unique and unmissable insight into one of the world's greatest athletes.

Out of Bounds: Inside the NBA'

release date: Jan 01, 2001
Out of Bounds: Inside the NBA'
In this raw expos, Benedict reveals new and startling information about NBA players, the crimes they commit, the league's tolerance and complacency, and how these matters are handled or disposed of in the justice system.
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