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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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By America’s premier sportswriter, written with full cooperation of Joe Paterno and his family, Paterno is the definitive account of the epic life of America’s winningest college football coach. Published to coincide with Penn State football’s first season without their legendary leader.

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. Download and start listening now!

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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

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 8/25/2012

    " A great read for any college football fan. "

About the Author

Joe Posnanski is a senior writer at Sports on Earth. Previously, he was senior writer at Sports Illustrated and sports writer for the Kansas City Star. He was named National Sportswriter of the Year in 2011 and was twice named the best sports columnist in America by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He is the author of four books, including The Good Stuff and The Soul of Baseball. Posnanski currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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.