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4.37 out of 54.37 out of 54.37 out of 54.37 out of 54.37 out of 5 4.37 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Posnanski Narrator: Joe Mantegna Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781442354739
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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.

Born in Brooklyn in 1926, Joe Paterno was a first-generation college student whose family discouraged him from pursuing a degree. But at Brown University, Paterno became a star quarterback; after college, in 1950 and at the age of 23, he was hired by his former coach to serve as assistant coach to the Penn State football team.

In the 62 football seasons that followed, the Nittany Lions won 409 games of a possible 695, 29 of which were Top 10 in national rankings. Paterno missed only three games. He was honored with every distinction the industry had to offer, from the first ever Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award, to the Associated Press College Football Coach Award, to the NCAA’s Gerald R. Ford Award.

Paterno gets inside the mind of one of the most gifted and charismatic coaches in US history. By listening to this history of his remarkable life, listeners will learn more about football, more about leadership, and more about America.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Paterno adds grain and texture to the historical record…makes a cogent case for absorbing Paterno's entire legacy.”

    New York Times

  • “I urge you to read [Paterno]…A life is never defined entirely by a man's good, or by his bad.”

    New York Post

  • “Paterno is a portrait very much in three dimensions. It is the story of an extraordinary life.”

    Philadelphia Daily News

  • “It is exhilarating to read of Paterno the man and gripping to read of his downfall.”

    ESPN.com

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Mauersberg | 1/26/2014

    " I loved the book. The writing was beautiful but the story was/is heart wrenching. It was so much more about one man; it was a love story yet a commentary about justice, tragedy, loss, honesty, love, loyalty and at its center: being utterly human. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Rogers | 1/18/2014

    " I was a fan of "JoePa" (and still am), and felt so bad for Joe and his family during the Sandusky horror. Besides the glory of Penn State football, the author describes the Paterno values that made him tick (which most every one has lost sight of in the aftermath). All of us should be aware that we can live most of our life with great integrity, but still be blindsided by a bad decision we make in a vulnerable moment. It is the human dilemma, and we live in a youtube world where transgressions live forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 1/15/2014

    " Love, love, loved this book. Made me nostalgic for Penn State and wished I had the opportunity to meet Joe Paterno. I will always will be a proud Penn Stater. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/11/2014

    " Could not read this book yet. Started it, was liking it but it just makes me too sad... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole | 1/3/2014

    " My family have the greatest respect and fondness for Joe Paterno. We. have five Penn State University graduates in our immediate family. We are Penn State Proud! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Hoecker | 12/21/2013

    " A good look at Joe's life. It wasn't all rosy but rather had a good balance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heath | 12/21/2013

    " A beautifully-written (as is to be expected from Posnanski) biography that does little to dispel the common belief that Paterno likely knew more than he let on about Sandusky and should have been more vigilant in acting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlene | 11/1/2013

    " Audio version is the way to go to get the full effect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky East | 10/30/2013

    " An excellent look into a man I've admired and continue to admire "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mickey Bell | 7/18/2013

    " I decided not to read the last hundred or so pages of this book which are about the scandal. But the first two-thirds of this book are great: a recounting of the coaching career of a football legend by one of the best sportswriters alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 6/15/2013

    " I was hoping to find out what happened to Paterno and the scandal, but I learned a lot more from the man and his teachings. Paterno is a great coach, teacher and mentor...but he is human after all and he made mistakes... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Householder | 5/29/2013

    " If you are willing to accept that Joe Paterno was something other than a monster who chose to hide the acts of a sick and depraved human being, you should read this book. It is a good account of an interesting life, told by a phenomenal storyteller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 3/8/2013

    " Poorly written attempt to whitewash the most horrific scandal in the history of college sports. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 1/21/2013

    " A very good book. It gave great and in depth insight in to the legend that is Joe Paterno. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 11/14/2012

    " I really, thoroughly, enjoyed this book. Regardless, of what people think about the Sandusky situation, this tells a great tale about the history of Penn State Football the the Paterno family. I would recommend it to any fan of the game. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice Palko | 11/13/2012

    " Engrossing read. Posnanski takes you behind the scenes of one of the biggest scandals in sports, but unlike many in the media who rushed to judgement and convicted Paterno in the public forum, Posnanski steps back, presents the facts and allows the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Sheets | 10/24/2012

    " Great insight to our coach. Learned some things about JoePa that I didn't know before, and enjoyed learning more about his family and off-time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Frey | 10/9/2012

    " Good book. It skims over his life personally but mostly as a coach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Walker | 8/25/2012

    " A great read for any college football fan. "

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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.
About the Narrator

Joe Mantegna is a versatile, seasoned actor on both stage and screen. He first garnered national prominence for his work with writer-director David Mamet, earning a Tony Award for Glengarry Glen Ross in 1983. His name has become synonymous with Robert B. Parker’s Spenser since he has narrated the entire series.