Released just a few months ago, today’s Read is already delightfully dated. As of Sunday, a new chapter needs to be added to The Pats: An Illustrated History of the New England Patriots by Glenn Stout and Richard A. Johnson. Still, this book is chock full of the whole history of the Pats, including the tough years long before three guys named Brady, Belichick and Kraft showed up – which makes a fan (and outside observers) appreciate even more what the franchise has accomplished in the past two decades.

About The Pats: An Illustrated History of the New England Patriots by Glenn Stout and Richard A. Johnson:

“The New England Patriots have become a dynasty, though it didn’t begin that way. Love ’em, hate ’em, the Pats have captured this country’s attention like no other franchise. From two award-winning authors this is the first complete story of a legendary team and its five trophies. In the tradition of their celebrated illustrated histories of some of sports’ most iconic franchises, Stout and Johnson tell the history in full and in colorful detail. This is a lavishly illustrated tale full of larger-than-life characters – from founding owner Billy Sullivan, early stars like Syracuse running back Jim Nance and beloved wide receiver turned broadcaster Gino Cappeletti, to Hall of Famers and stars like John Hannah, Russ Francis, and Steve Grogan through to present-day stars like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and owner Bob Kraft.”

The Pats: An Illustrated History of the New England Patriots by Glenn Stout and Richard A. Johnson is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.