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Their Life's Work

Their Life's Work

The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now

“The definitive book of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers” (Scott Brown, ESPN): A unique literary sports book that—through exquisite reportage, love, and honesty—tells the full story of the best team to ever play the game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s won an unprecedented and unmatched four Super Bowls in six years. A dozen of those Steelers players, coaches, and executives have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and three decades later their names echo in popular memory: “Mean” Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Mike Webster, Jack Lambert, Lynn Swann, and John Stallworth. In ways exhilarating and heartbreaking, they define not only the brotherhood of sports but those elements of the game that engage tens of millions of Americans: its artistry and its brutality.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews, Their Life’s Work is a richly textured story of a team and a sport, what the game gave these men, and what the game took. It gave fame, wealth, and, above all, a brotherhood of players, twelve of whom died before turning sixty. To a man, they said they’d do it again, all of it. They bared the soul of the game to Gary Pomerantz, and he captured it wondrously. “Here is a book as hard-hitting and powerful as the ‘Steel Curtain’ dynasty that Pomerantz depicts so deftly. It’s the NFL’s version of The Boys of Summer, with equal parts triumph and melancholy. Pomerantz’s writing is strong, straightforward, funny, sentimental, and blunt. It’s as working class and gritty as the men he writes about” (The Tampa Tribune, Top 10 Sports Books of 2013).
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  • 480 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451691641 | 
  • October 2013
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The Pittsburgh Steelers Dynasty, Then and Now

Gary Pomerantz gives the definitive account of the Steel Curtain dynasty, which won four Super Bowls and produced 12 Hall of Fame players, with more than 200 interviews with players, coaches, executives, and opponents reflecting on their glory day...

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Chuck Noll became the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969. The Steelers were a terrible football team at the time. In the ensuing decade, Noll transformed the Steelers into one of the most dominant franchises in the history of...

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Gary M. Pomerantz
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Gary M. Pomerantz

Gary M. Pomerantzis a nonfiction author and journalist and has served the past seven years as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Pomerantz has written four books, including Their Life’s Work and the New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn.

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