The GM: The Inside Story of a Dream Job and the Nightmares that Go with It

The GM: The Inside Story of a Dream Job and the Nightmares that Go with It

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by Tom Callahan
     
 

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In the summer of 2006, the NFL’s most senior general manager, Ernie Accorsi, invited Tom Callahan “inside” the Giants organization to experience a season—Accorsi’s last—from the front office, the locker room, the sidelines, and the tunnel. Tom made no promises, except that he’d bring to the project the same fairness and

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In the summer of 2006, the NFL’s most senior general manager, Ernie Accorsi, invited Tom Callahan “inside” the Giants organization to experience a season—Accorsi’s last—from the front office, the locker room, the sidelines, and the tunnel. Tom made no promises, except that he’d bring to the project the same fairness and thoroughness that characterized his acclaimed Unitas biography, Johnny U. The result is a remarkable book that is at once a chronicle of a tumultuous season and the story of the NFL over the last three and a half decades, told through the eyes of a man who has dedicated his life to football.

The Giants started the season with high expectations, hoping to ride the talent of players like Eli Manning, Jeremy Shockey, and Tiki Barber to the Super Bowl, but the team quickly fell apart due to injuries.

The GM goes far beyond the specifics of a single season, though. In a marriage of two great raconteurs, one lobbing stories and the other neatly catching them, Callahan and Accorsi—writer and subject—show how the pro game (and the league that showcases it) really works, and the peculiar role of today’s general manager, who must be part seer, part accountant, balancing psyches and salary caps.

At its essence, The GM is the story of the job—of what it means to be the guy who makes the decisions . . . who’s second-guessed by fans and the media . . . who must deal with endless—and sometimes impossible—expectations.

Filled with the vivid anecdotes and storytelling that made Johnny U a surprise bestseller, The GM doesn’t just illuminate. It inspires with its portrait of a consummate football-personnel strategist who, over the course of decades, gave everything to the game he loved.

Editorial Reviews

Allen Barra
Looking at his last season before retirement at age 65, Accorsi, the oldest general manager in the NFL, asked Callahan if he wanted to see the season from the inside. Callahan did, and The GM is perhaps the best book ever written about a pro football executive. But then, Callahan had the best subject.
—The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307394132
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/18/2007
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

TOM CALLAHAN, a former senior writer at Time magazine and sports columnist at the Washington Post, is a recipient of the National Headliner Award. He has spent three decades covering everything in major league sports, from Sarajevo to Zaire, including hundreds of pro-football games, preseasons to Super Bowls. Callahan is the author of the New York Times bestseller Johnny U.

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GM: The Inside Story of a Dream Job and the Nightmares that Go with It 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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hound48 More than 1 year ago
You get no insight into the daily life of a NFL GM. According to this book, the only thing Ernie Accorsi did during his last season was pack up his belongings and watch the games from the tunnel under the stadium.
A couple of decent stories from Accorsi's past are the only thing saving it from a one star ranking.
NYGiantsFootballFan More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book, a must read for any NY Giant Football fan. This book was extremely eventful, and a great prognostication, as the book was written before the Giants winning the Super Bowl XLII. Ernie Arcosi, the former general manager of the Giants, had demonstrated his superior skills as a GM(general manager) by drafting Eli Manning, who became the Super Bowl MVP. Ernie Arcosi displayed confidence that Eli Manning would do a great job.
NYGiantsFan More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book, a must read for any NY Giant fan. This book was extremely eventful and a great prognostication, as the book was written before the Giants winning the Super Bowl XLII. Ernie Arcosi, the former general manager of the Giants, had demonstrated his skills as a GM by drafting Eli Manning, Super Bowl MVP.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book, one that should be read by any Giants fan and any football fan. Even the most die-hard of Giants fans will feel closer to the team after reading this book.