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Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football

Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football

Rich Cohen

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RICH COHEN'S SURPRISE HIT TALE OF A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME FOOTBALL TEAM AND THEIR LONE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

Payton, Hampton, McMahon, and Ditka—even the casual football fan recognizes these names, the pillars of the 1985 Chicago Bears: Walter "Sweetness" Payton, the fleet-footed running back; Dan Hampton, the hard-charging defensive tackle known as the "Danimal"; Jim McMahon, the punky quarterback, changing plays on the fly; and Mike Ditka, the hotheaded, mustachioed head coach.

In Monsters, Cohen breathlessly recounts the thrilling narrative of their 1985 championship season. It's a story filled with outsized characters and unbelievable-but-true anecdotes gleaned from extensive interviews with the players themselves. It's a story about fathers and sons, love and loyalty, hope and redemption, and pain and joy. It's a story about football, in all its beauty and all its brutality—the uniquely American sport.

These are the 1985 Chicago Bears as only Rich Cohen could describe them. You'll never see the team, or the game, or your own childhood idols the same way ever again.

Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, Chicago Tribune Best Books of the Year

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Praise for Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football

“The best book on professional football I know.” —Joseph Epstein, The Wall Street Journal

“Terrific...One of the book's great joys is its successful efforts to tie the threads of the past through the story.” —Chicago Tribune

“A solid oral history...[Cohen] lays bare his pride and compassion for the warriors who brought glory to Chi-Town for one unforgettable moment.” —Entertainment Weekly (A-)

“This book--full of soul and searching, and also knock-you-down funny--is not just a great sports book, not just a great Chicago book, but a great book, period.” —Dave Eggers

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In an excerpt from his new book, 'Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football,' Glencoe native Rich Cohen remembers growing up with a team that destroyed its opponents and captivated the city. - Chicago Magazine

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About the author

Rich Cohen

Rich Cohen is a New York Times bestselling author as well as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone. He has written eight books, including The Fish That Ate the Whale, Tough Jews, Israel Is Real, and the widely acclaimed memoir Sweet and Low. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine, and Best American Essays. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, three sons, and dog.

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