As I’ve said earlier here, authors absolutely love Amazon. It’s an addiction—you check and check and check, to make sure your rank is strong and to see what the online reviewers are saying. Today, I saw this review:

0 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
1.0 out of 5 stars Tabloid journalism at its best, September 16, 2008
By Catch22 (Chesapeake, VA) – See all my reviews

First of all, let me just say that I did not purchase this book nor do I have any intentions of doing so. Although I was excited about its release initially, through research and early reviews I have discovered that this is nothing more than a poor attempt to capitalize on the popularity of America’s team by exploiting the lies and rumors surrounding the Cowboys’ dynasty from the 90’s.

Admittedly, the ‘Boys were not without their problems, but many of the stories contained within are poorly researched and presented as fact, and unfortunately truth is overshadowed by tabloid speculation. Several prominent members of the Dallas Cowboys, including Emmitt Smith, declined to be interviewed for the book for what I suspect are those very reasons. In response author Jeff Pearlman took the mature route and cheapshotted Emmitt’s talent as an analyst on his personal blog.

Just so I get this straight—you slam my book, give it one star … and you haven’t even read it?

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  1. Exactly. You can have your reservations about reading the book if you think it’s “tabloid” but you can’t go at it saying how much it sucks unless you’re in it. Imagine how many people would have missed out on Dali’s work because they thought he was oversexualized and strange, or Kanye because he wasn’t gangsta or too preppy. Not comparing you to either artist, but the dude’s a moron. Good luck with your interview today.

  2. Obviously, it’s either from a disgruntled Smith fan, or judging from the measured, professional tone, and the last paragraph, it’s from Emmitt’s camp.

  3. Jeff

    Did you know Amazon has your book on Back Order? Went last night to buy it and Waldens did not have- so went on line and saw Amazon out til 9/25…
    I guess it must flying off the shelf!

  4. Well, I wanted to put in my review of his book since I actually HAVE read it, but since I have never bought anything from Amazon… I can’t.

    Still, for those of you who read this page, here it is:

    As someone who has had the privilege to read this book before it hits the stands, let me tell you this is a compelling, well-written story of the Cowboys dynasty. Of course he writes about the White House, Michael Irvin’s off-field (mis)behavior and the power struggle between JJ and … well, JJ.

    But what really interested me is that, just like the Cowboys of that era, he put the football first.

    If you are a Cowboys fan, you owe it to yourself to give this one a read. It’s the complete story — not just the tabloid stuff. It’s the real stuff. Cowboys stuff.

    Great book, Jeff. Thanks for your appearance on Cowboys Pride Radio.

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