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Jonathan YardleyIn [Allen's] loving but candid portrait, George Allen emerges as a vastly more interesting and sympathetic man than he ever was in his glory days. If he was an inflexible perfectionist (and indeed he was), he was also a goofball, an eccentric, living out there on Planet Football and only occasionally touching down on Mother Earth. When she quotes his mantra--"I just want to coach. All I want to do is coach"--she illuminates his innermost soul and gives us not a football coach but a human being. Her account of his last years in involuntary retirement, writing notes meant to boost his own spirits and guide him to some new coaching jobs, is heartbreaking. Fifth Quarter is a wonderful book.
— Washington Post