“Fascinating. The People’s Team is at once scholarly and lyrical, sweeping and propulsive. Mark Beech has written the definitive history of the Green Bay Packers and it reads like the epic saga of a famous American family. Which the Packers are, in many ways.”
—Steve Rushin, author of Nights in White Castle and Sting-Ray Afternoons
"Any history the Green Bay Packers is a celebration of football itself. In The People's Team
, Mark Beech gives the best brand in football the biography it deserves - meticulously researched, wonderfully written. Both the prose and photos pop off the page."
—Joe Drape, author of the New York Times best-seller Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen
"Having researched and written Brett Favre's biography, I figured I absorbed everything one needs to know about the Green Bay Packers. Then along comes Mark Beech with the exceptional, The People's Team. If you're a Packers fan—or, truly, an NFL fan—this engrossing book is all you."
—Jeff Pearlman, bestselling author of Gunslinger and Football for a Buck
"The Green Bay Packers are unlike any team in American professional sports, and Mark Beech has written a book that is unlike any history of the Packers. Beech peels back the layers of mythology and populates his work with endless detail about the people who turned a small, Midwestern city into one of the capitals of the sports world. The People's Team is required reading not just for football fans, but for students of the deep and complex relationships between towns and teams."
—Tim Layden, senior writer, Sports Illustrated
"Towards the end of this definitive and entertaining book, Mark Beech writes a very simple and illuminating sentence: 'The Packers and the people are one.' That sentiment is pervasive throughout this history of America’s most celebrated and vital NFL team. With a journalist’s rigor and a true fan’s heart, Beech tells the full story of a team, a league, a town — and a country. The football icons that come and go, from Curly Lambeau to Bart Starr to Aaron Rodgers, are ushers of a much larger and more meaningful story, as unique as a Brett Favre underhanded toss for a touchdown: The Green Bay Packers wouldn’t exist without the people of Green Bay. They win together. They are one, indeed."
—Seth Wickersham, ESPN
"Biographical sketches of the team's most prominent figures enhance the narrative, as do many intriguing factoids . . . An overall illuminating sports narrative. A must for Packers fan and a worthwhile read for football enthusiasts in general."
"Befitting this 13-time NFL champion’s unique story and organization structure, this illustrated history of Wisconsin’s Green Bay Packers celebrates the team’s 100th anniversary in an exceptional manner. Written with great skill and attention to detail, the narrative provides extensive background on the town of Green Bay itself . . . The Packers are the only franchise publicly owned; as such, community issues are of strong significance and given emphasis in this essential, attractive team history. VERDICT: The Packers have a national following and a history unlike any other. This beautiful book chronicles that legacy exceedingly well."
—Library Journal, starred review