Vince: A Personal Biography of Vince Lombardi

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Published to widespread critical acclaim, Vince has been called: "the definitive biography" of an American legend. With stunning revelations and anecdotes, Vince Lombardi's life is pieced together with painstaking care in research, detail, and historical accuracy. Based on more than two hundred interviews, including those who played with him and against him, from his early coaching days at St. Cecilia High School in New Jersey to West Point, the New York Giants, and his championship seasons with the Green Bay ...

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Overview

Published to widespread critical acclaim, Vince has been called: "the definitive biography" of an American legend. With stunning revelations and anecdotes, Vince Lombardi's life is pieced together with painstaking care in research, detail, and historical accuracy. Based on more than two hundred interviews, including those who played with him and against him, from his early coaching days at St. Cecilia High School in New Jersey to West Point, the New York Giants, and his championship seasons with the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins. Drawing upon unpublished Lombardi family papers, Vince clarifies the thirty years of mystery and contradiction that have swirled around the legend of Vince Lombardi.

Vince goes beyond the sidelines to reveal the true character of Lombardi. He was dedicated and narrow, intelligent and dogmatic, self-restrained yet emotional, abusive yet apologetic. His moods could swing from deep gloom to soaring exuberance in seconds. He was compassionate, kind, charitable. He could also be gripped by uncontrollable anger. Above all, Vince paints a portrait of a very human man who committed his life to winning.

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Lombardi's legacy reaches far beyond the football field. For a large part of the populace, the man who said ``winning isn't the most important thing; it's the only thing'' was a symbol of the virtues needed to succeed at anything. O'Brien portrays him as essentially a simple man``a fundmentalist in his football, his character, his religion, and his values.'' Surprisingly, this is the first major biography of the man to appear. Earlier works like Lombardi, edited by John Wiebusch (1971), and Lombardi: winning is the only thing, edited by Jerry Kramer (1970), relied heavily on excerpts of interviews with friends and colleagues of the legendary coach. For popular sports collections. William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688092047
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/20/1989
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 771,819
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.14 (d)

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    One of The Greatest Coaches

    This book is about Vince Lombardi and his struggle through life to become one of the most decorated coaches in the NFL. Vnce and his family were Italian immigtants who came to America for a better life. his family came here along with all of the millions of other Italian families from southern Italy. Tha Italian immigratns all set up in the little cities of New York that was known as little Italy. This is where Vince grew up, in the slums of Little Italy. As a kid he was not very out going. He was quiet and kept to himdelf and to his studies. His father Harry Lombardi was a hard worker and saw nothing wrong with how he was brought up. he raised his kids the same way. He would do anything to get out of these slums. he loved to play football as a kid. He went to catholic schools and was a very good student and athlete at his high school. During his cololege years he attended Fordham University and played first for their junior varsity team and then when he made a name for himdelf he played varsity junior and senior year. He loved playing football and coach ing it. he married his college sweetheart Marie Planitz, this was the only woman that Vince had ever loved. they got married and had a few kids. the moved all over the place. He taught and coached at St. Cecillia High School for 8 years. he loved coaching the game just as much as loved playing it. After St. Ceillia high school he coached at Fordham University for one year. All Vince wanted to do is win titles and he was a winner. This drive and determination to win eventyually brought him to the NFL. He later became the coach of the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins. the major messages in this book was to not give up. what I liked about this book uis the way it was written and how good he told Vince's story. My dislikes were that the chapters were too long and kind of rambled on. Everyone should read this book because it is a very good story and is written very well. Vince's story is portraed very well and makes you feel like you are part of his family.

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