My newest book was released in 2008 by Lyons Press. I've taken the analytical methods that formed the basis of the annual football preview books and applied them to past players. The result is an exhaustive look at the history of pro football.
It begins with a look at how the game has evolved over the years. I delve into the changes in playing styles, and the rules, and how other external events affected the game on the field.
The centerpiece is my rating and ranking of the top players at each position from 1920 to the present. I take a detailed look at nearly a thousand players, with new insight on their playing styles and their strengths and weaknesses on the field.
What they're saying about the book:
"The most ambitious and fascinating football book of the year... impressive in both scope and execution. Lahman's insight into the styles of so many players across time makes for a lively, enlightening read. Highly recommended."
-- Library Journal (starred review)
"Lahman tries to do for football what Bill James once did for baseball."
-- USA Today
"An extremely interesting new book... sure to spark debate."
-- Gannett Newspapers
"The best football book of the decade."
-- Pro Football Researchers Association
"Tell that dude I'm one of the top five running backs of all time. Looking at the caliber of running backs that have played the game, I'm definitely in the top 10. I've got to prove him wrong and make the top 10 before it's all said and done."
-- Fred Taylor, Jacksonville Jaguars running back, after learning I had ranked him #35
The book is nearly 600 pages in hardcover. It's available from Amazon and other bookstores.