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: Love them or hate them, there is simply no denying that the New England Patriots are one of the most dominant franchises of all time. They represent the absolute epitome of prosperity in an NFL that has been specifically designed to prevent the extended string of success New England has enjoyed over the past fifteen years.But while the Patriots have never been more relevant, admired, and successful than they are right now, it's very easy to forget that it wasn't always sunshine and roses; in fact, for the bulk of their existence, it was the exact opposite. The New England Patriots of old were not just bad--they were laughably bad. Needless to say, it's a period of time that Patriots fans everywhere take great pains not to remember.Unfortunately for them, Jerry Thornton has inexplicably decided to relive the bad old days of Patriots football--days that painfully dragged out into decade after decade of incompetent management, bumbling ownership, embarrassing drafts, and constant controversy. And while all's well that ends well, for a very long time, absolutely nothing ended well for the team that was largely considered the boil on the behind of Boston sports.From Darkness to Dynasty reveals the unlikely history of the New England Patriots as it has never been told before. From their humble beginnings as a team bought by a man who had no idea what he was doing to the fateful 2001 season that saw them win their first Super Bowl, Jerry Thornton shares the wild, zany, humiliating, unbelievable, and wonderful stories that comprised the first forty years of what would ultimately become the most dominant franchise in NFL history.