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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (389 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Erin | 1/11/2014

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

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