Paterno

Paterno

by Joe Posnanski
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Paterno by Joe Posnanski

Joe Posnanski's biography of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno follows in the tradition of works by Richard Ben Cramer on Joe DiMaggio and David Maraniss on Vince Lombardi. Having gained unprecedented access to Paterno, as well as the coach's personal notes and files, Posnanski spent the last two years of Paterno's life covering the coach, on (and off) the field and through the scandal that ended Paterno's legendary career.

Joe Posnanski, who in 2012 was named the Best Sportswriter in America by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, was with Paterno and his family as a horrific national scandal unfolded and Paterno was fired. Within three months, Paterno died of lung cancer, a tragic end to a life that was epic, influential, and operatic.

Paterno is the fullest description we will ever have of the man's character and career. In this honest and surprising portrait, Joe Posnanski brings new insight and understanding to one of the most controversial figures in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410451828
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 09/19/2012
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 591
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Joe Posnanski is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Paterno. He is a national columnist for NBC Sports and was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated from 2009 to 2012. In 2012, he was named National Sportswriter of the Year by the Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. Before joining SI, he was a columnist for the Kansas City Star for fifteen years, and was twice named the best sports columnist in America by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He is the author of four books and has been anthologized widely. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his family.

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Paterno 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
BeckyBVA More than 1 year ago
If you've read about Joe Paterno in the news this year, you must also read this book. The book does not give much time to his years in high school and at Brown, but I suppose there are/will be other books for that. The author addresses the subject and I believe his attempt to write the truth (as Joe asked) is sincere. The book gives valuable insight into his interactions with his family, his players, his community, his colleagues, the university administration and the media. Overall, I also see it as a commentary on how a human is built up in our society and how quickly that pedestal can come crashing down. I have felt that way a lot recently, but this author was able to capture it in prose.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To some this book may be too soon for release as the Penn St. hopefuls are still trying to deal with the aftermath of the scandal that shook college football and Penn. St. football. To others it will show what a truly great coach and man Paterno was. Posnanski states that the focus of the book was not to defend Paterno or any others but to highlight his coaching career at State College. He does just that. Written the way only a sportswriter can deliver, Posnanski draws you into each season that Paterno coached and focuses on his commitment to Penn. St., the community and the young men that he inspired to go beyond football and pursue another life other than sports. Highly recommened and I would encourage anyone to give it a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've just finished reading Poznanski's "Paterno" on my iPad. Whether you love JoePa or find yourself hating him, you owe it to yourself to stop at a bookstore and at least do a quick read of pages 319-321. Those under 500 words, better than anything I've ever read, get to both the heart of the man and the heart of his final days. It's an incredibly good biography in the vein of David McCullough's "Truman." The author had access to JoePa's notes and spent a great deal of time with him and his family, especially since the scandal broke. This is not a sugar-coated tribute; many critical points and controversies throughout Paterno's 61-year career are covered. Many stories - funny, sad, heartwarming, bad - are told, often with, "Joe remembered it this way and [whoever] remembered it this way." I'm ready now to start reading it again, this time in hard copy so that I can highlight passages of interest. I'm going to use a lot of yellow marker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first heard that this book was being published, I wasn't sure I wanted to read it, but I'm very glad I did. This book gives the whole picture of Paterno's life, not just the bits and pieces that emerged from the coverage of the sex abuse scandal at Penn State. In my humble opinion, the author, Joe Posnanski is very fair in dealing with the scandal that eneded Paterno's career, and the subsquent aftermath. Most surprising was his relationship (or lack of) with assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. I recommend this book for those who want to know about Joe Paterno, good and bad.
sab3 More than 1 year ago
Following Joe from the time I was little, I couldn't wait to read this book. This has put many questions to rest in my mind. I feel he has answered most of them and it is a shame that he didn't get a chance himself to publically say all that was in this great book. The book was well rounded from his youth all the way to his death bed. For those who doubt him read Lou Prato's write-up in the Blue-White paper on the Freeh Report!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those looking to humanize their hero will love it. Those looking for an objective biography will be disapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, balanced, and surprisingly moving. I'm so glad I read this book!
Spike14 More than 1 year ago
A very revealing brook on the real personality and contributions of Joe Paterno's, not only to Penn State, but to the many individual lives he touched. Also, a better understanding of the Sandusky matter, especially the time frames involved and how Sandusky fit into the Penn State football structure, before and after his many crimes.
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I learned a lot.
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jetscrazy More than 1 year ago
While this book may not answer all questions, it is a readable and intelligent look into what really went on at Penn State. Vastly different from the knee-jerk reaction we saw on the TV news coverage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of Joe Paterno for many years now, and being a Penn State Alum, I couldn't wait to read this book. In my heart, I know he was a Great man,and a good man at heart and in his soul. We may never know all the details of the Sandusky scandal, but I believe what Joe believed, that the truth will come out and he will be okay. I loved the stories from his youth, the stories about different players and his relationships with them. All in all, I loved this book. I laughed a lot, smiled at the Joe-isms and got teary when things got rough for him and his family. Thanks to Joe Posnanski for aspiring to write a fair and honest book about a man who was human, flawed, and also did GREAT things for others in his life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book about a great (but not perfect) man!
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Well done and insightful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for anybody who has an opinion of Joe Paterno