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The book, to be released through subsidiary Avid Reader Press, promises a “comprehensive account” of the Patriots’ dominant run under the ownership of Robert Kraft and the football excellence of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. It’s based on interviews with over 200 people, including Kraft, Brady, and Belichick. President Jonathan Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell are also among those interviewed.
Among the other former Dynasty-era Patriots interviewed were Rob Gronkowski, Tedy Bruschi, Willie McGinest, Drew Bledsoe, Randy Moss, Vince Wilfork, Deion Branch, and Kevin Faulk.
Benedict also obtained access to hundreds of hours of recordings, as well as “thousands of pages of legal documents, transcripts, business records, emails, text messages, and minutes from phone calls and meetings.”
“I’m fascinated by individuals and organizations that become the best in the world at something,” Benedict said, via Simon & Schuster. “The Patriots are the greatest sports dynasty of the twenty-first century. So I set out to answer two basic questions: How was this dynasty built? And why was it able to last so much longer than its predecessors?
“The secrets to the success were hidden in rooms—the owner’s office, the coach’s office, the locker room, the bedroom, the family room, the emergency room—where the decision-makers wrestled with complex questions, negotiated high-stakes deals, engaged in heated arguments, made middle-of-the night phone calls, held heart-to-heart conversations, and came face to face with the human toll of a fiercely competitive business. And I found that the dynasty’s durability ultimately resided in the unusual relationship between the owner, the coach, and the quarterback.”
Benedict is the author of over a dozen books, including the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Tiger Woods on the eponymous golf icon. He’s co-written two football books: the Steve Young biography QB: My Life Behind the Spiral, and The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football with Armen Keteyian.