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Bob Lederer, Author Of “Beyond Broadway Joe,” On Super Bowl III’s 50th Anniversary

(Joe Namath during Super Bowl III)

Fifty years ago this weekend, the New York Jets, then of the American Football League, stunned the heavily favored Baltimore Colts of the National Football League, in Super Bowl III on January 12, 1969.

Jets quarterback Joe Namath, known to all as “Broadway Joe,” became synonymous with victory and was transformed into a household name.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Levitsky & Ziblatt On “How Democracies Die”

(President Donald J. Trump)

How Democracies Die

By Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

Broadway Books; paperback; $15.00; available today, January 8

Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have long studied the demise of foreign democratic governments and could no longer ignore the signs of impending crisis they were seeing at home when Donald Trump became President.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Monty Python Speaks!

Monty Python Speaks: The Complete Oral History Revised and Updated Edition

By David Morgan; foreword by John Oliver

Dey Street Books; trade paperback, $17.99; available today, January 8

The legendary series Monty Python’s Flying Circus was broadcast by the BBC between 1969 and 1974, and it introduced something completely different, as they introduced a new brand of surrealistic, stream-of-consciousness comedy that pushed the traditional boundaries of format, style, and content.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: College Football Traditions and Rivalries

College Football Traditions and Rivalries: Chants, Pranks, and Pageantry

Morrow Gift, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; Hardcover, $19.99; e-Book, $15.99

The College Football Playoff Championship game is Monday ngiht between Alabama and Clemson, and there is no better way to celebrate what makes this a quintessentially American sport than the new book College Football Traditions and Rivalries: Chants, Pranks, and Pageantry.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America”

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

Edited by Ibi Zoboi

Balzer+Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books; hardcover, 416 pages; ages 13 and up; $17.99; available Tuesday, January 8

Ibi Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and immigrated to the United States, settling in Bushwick, Brooklyn, with her mother when she was four years old, and she still lives in the borough with her husband and their three children.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Gary Myers On The Dallas Cowboys Empire

How ‘Bout Them Cowboys? Inside the Huddle with the Stars and Legends of America’s Team

By Gary Myers

Grand Central Publishing; hardcover, $28.00

There have been many books about America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys, this year’s NFC East Champions, but there hasn’t been one that gives you an inside pass to the most valuable sports franchise in the world.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The League” On The NFL’s Five Founders

The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire

By John Eisenberg

Basic Books; hardcover, 416 pages; $30

The NFL is America’s most popular sports league, a towering colossus that generates $14 billion in annual revenue. Fans would be hard pressed to imagine how hard the beginnings of professional football were, but the determination of five men kept it alive.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Last Man In Tehran” By Mark Henshaw

The Last Man In Tehran

By Mark Henshaw

Touchstone Paperback, Simon & Schuster; $16

Mark Henshaw, CIA analyst and former Red Cell think tank member, made his mark with his debut novel Red Cell, and he brings those characters back for his new thriller, The Last Man In Tehran.

Agent Kara Stryker and CIA analyst Jonathan Burke try to prevent a war from breaking out between Israel and Iran as a mole threatens to tear the CIA apart.

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