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

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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In this age of fantasy leagues, interest in the inner workings of professional sports has become a hot topic. The GM, arguably the most revealing book ever written about an NFL front office, draws on the experience and expertise of the Giants' Ernie Accorsi, the league's senior general manager before his retirement in 2006. In his last season as the New York GM, Accorsi offered Johnny U. author Tom Callahan unique access into his work week and his decision-making process. He speaks candidly about his trade and draft strategies, his mistakes, and his triumphs.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307406835
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/18/2007
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 325,613
  • File size: 815 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    To poems

    I'm so sorry. Beautiful, broken poems. I can feel the pain...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Poems.

    Poem 1.
    <p> there's goosebumps on her skin
    <br> but she can't feel the chill.
    <br> the pills always win
    <br> she can't tell what's real.
    <p> substance clouds her mind
    <br> one pill at a time.
    <br> she tries to speak
    <br> but words are hard to find.
    <p> she's crying and screaming
    <br> she just wants her mother.
    <br> she finally finds her,
    <br> bleeding under the covers.

    <p> Poem 2.
    <br> 'he's gone, he's gone'
    <br> is all i can think.
    <br> as i try to keep calm
    <br> and cling to the sink.
    <p> his body is there,
    <br> but it's not alive.
    <br> all that is left
    <br> are the pills still inside.
    <p> father, please tell me
    <br> how did you swallow so many?
    <br> i want to die too,
    <br> if god would just let me.
    <p> okay, that is all. two crappy poems about both of my parents' suicide and my attempts. i'm not advertising this, so probably no one will read these. i don't really care, i posted these more for me than for you, anyways.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    OutCast.....

    Ho<_>ly fu<_>ck . Are you kidding me? I hope this isn't you. It can't be you.
    <br> DeepThorn -

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    My life poem: Sad stories

    One day I dropped my bacon that Id spent all mornin makin. It hit the groun with a thud as i yelled "Crud! This is why i never do baking" OMG YOUR GUYSES LIVES ARE SO SAD! HERE, TAKE THIS AS A PRESENT TO MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER! *hands you bacon.* Guess what? You think your life is sooooo bad. Well, I think some orphaned and starving kids in Africa would gladly change places with you. They dont have a nook, or food, or the ability to read, or a place to go since their parents are dead. Take that into consideration

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Lily

    That was very sad. :'( But you are an AMAZING poet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Ariel to the poet

    I posted at your book. I'm serious about what i said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    To Poems

    I would give you my sympathy, but I know it won't fix anything. You are an amazing poet, and the emotion in your poems is tangible. I encourage you to find help if you attempt suicide or are feeling depressed, and to keep writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    The Original Poem- Reposted

    Okay. I've decided to put my poem back up. Some of you know who I am. Please, don't advertose for this place, or I will blank out my post again. My little brother RPs on this nook. If he sees this, he'll frea<_>k out. If you're in a rough spot, thinking about hu<_>rting yourself, or comitting sui<_>cide, PLEASE talk to me at 'brighter tomorrows' result one. I will respond. I will tell you who I am. I will help you out of the situation. I will tell you my full story.
    <p>
    -My Story-
    <p>
    I let the pa<_>in soak through my sleeves,
    <br>
    Empty bottles,
    <br>
    Broken dreams.
    <br>
    Drun<_>ken mis<_>eries,
    <br>
    Broken hearts,
    <br>
    This is the place,
    <br>
    All my pa<_>in starts.
    <p>
    In a land not far away,
    <br>
    No frogs to kiss,
    <br>
    No dragons to sl<_>ay.
    <p>
    The clok had struck eight,
    <br>
    I'd signed my fate,
    <br>
    Here is a story,
    <br>
    That isn't so great.
    <p>
    A fever had hit,
    <br>
    A single sick child,
    <br>
    Who knew of this mo<_>nster,
    <br>
    A Father so mild?
    <p>
    Who knew that this creature,
    <br>
    This monster,
    <br>
    This thing,
    <br>
    Could break his vows,
    <br>
    Of a diamond ring.
    <p>
    I, 13 years,
    <br>
    He, 42,
    <br>
    He touched me that night,
    <br>
    Who knew? Who knew?!
    <p>
    Not my mother,
    <br>
    My brothers,
    <br>
    My sisters,
    <br>
    Knew of the cr<_>imes,
    <br>
    Of this da<_>sta<_>rdly mister,
    <p>
    Who knew I had cu<_>ts,
    <br>
    Called bit<_>ch and a sl<_>ut,
    <br>
    After some time,
    <br>
    The mother did- Somewhat.
    <p>
    But what of the bru<_>ises?
    <br>
    The pi<_>ll ove<_>rus<_>es?
    <br>
    What of the kn<_>ife,
    <br>
    My wrist it ab<_>uses?
    <p>
    All of this stored,
    <br>
    Of this crazy big world,
    <br>
    Inside of my mind,
    <br>
    Whose angel can't soar.
    <p>
    <p>
    Sorry. I'm not posting the other three poems I have. I don't want to. Remember. If you need help or someone to say goodbye to, 'brighter tomorrows' result one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    S

    Go to 'lost dreams' result three, the book by Raul Aguilar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Lantern to sophia

    Please dont do this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Sophia

    Um I'm the real Sophia....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Sophia

    Here

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  • Posted October 31, 2008

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    disappointing

    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. <BR/>A couple of decent stories from Accorsi's past are the only thing saving it from a one star ranking.

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  • Posted October 24, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Book for NY Giant Football Fans

    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.

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  • Posted October 22, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Terrific Book for NY Giant Football Fans

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2007

    Fantastic Book

    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.

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    Posted March 10, 2011

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    Posted October 30, 2010

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