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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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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I, like many who love and respect Joe Paterno, needed answers, understanding, and closure as to the events of this past year. This book helps to define Joe Paterno's roll and his understanding in these recent, horrible, tragic events. This book also tells of a wonderful and very rewarding life that ended like a Greek tragedy. I believe this book will serve as a valuable tool when historians look back and study these times.
The man, the myth, the reality
Superb read. Joe's wish was fulfilled, 'Write the truth'
Captures what fellow alumni already knew. We are Penn State. We are a community of diverse individuals that are not just about football, we are a proud community of individuals trying to make the world a better place.
Great read and finally a little truth in this story.