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4.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 5 4.11 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Maraniss Narrator: David Maraniss Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 1999 ISBN: 9780743561372
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When Pride Still Mattered is the quintessential story of the American family: how Vince Lombardi, the son of an immigrant Italian butcher, rose to the top, and how his character and will to prevail transformed him, his wife, his children, his players, his sport, and ultimately the entire country.

It is also a vibrant football story, abundant with accounts of Lombardi's thrilling life in that world, from his playing days with the Seven Blocks of Granite at Fordham in the 1930s to the glory of coaching the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s. It is also a study of national myths, tracing what Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Maraniss calls the fallacy of the innocent past, and an absorbing account of the mythmakers from Grantland Rice to Howard Cosell who shaped Lombardi's image.

By the time he died of cancer in 1970, after one season in Washington during which he transformed the Redskins into winners, Lombardi had become a mythic character who transcended sport, and his legend has only grown in the decades since. In When Pride Still Mattered, Maraniss renders Lombardi as flawed and driven yet ultimately misunderstood, a heroic figure who was more complex and authentic than the stereotypical images of him propounded by admirers and critics.

Using the same meticulous reporting and sweeping narrative style that he employed in First in His Class, his classic biography of Bill Clinton, Maraniss separates myth from reality and wondrously recaptures Vince Lombardi's life and times.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Forges a near-perfect synthesis of fine writing and fascinating material. May be the best sports biography ever published.”

    Sports Illustrated

  • “Both the reach of the research and the grasp of Lombardi’s character are impressive. It is a wonderful work.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “An astonishingly good book…A triumph, a classic American biography.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “It is simply a superb biography.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A masterly biography…A finely crafted, multifaceted portrait of a life driven by obsession.”

    Miami Herald

  • “A superb book, one of the best on football that we have.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “A monumental biography.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 2/12/2014

    " A must read not only for football fans but for anyone interested in definitions of excellence, fortitude, integrity and dedication. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George Bradford | 2/2/2014

    " America was great once. But it was a long time ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paa | 1/31/2014

    " Better than the average sports bio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 1/19/2014

    " Compelling writing about Coach Lombardi's life and career, as well as his Packers team. It does not try to sugar coat anything; an honest look at an amazing coach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillip Early | 1/12/2014

    " Of all the books on or about Lombardi, this is the best. It's the best written, most entertaining and in my opinion most important. This is a must read for Lombardi fans, Green Bay fans, NFL fans and anyone else who is interested in sports and the people who made it great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 1/8/2014

    " Very good bio about the history of a legendary sports figure. I am happy that I read it because I had never really known all that much about Lombardi. The fact that he came up through the ranks and earned his position coaching the Packers was interesting. This is the second bio I have read by Maraniss (the other being Roberto Clemente), and he excels at intertwining the sports life and the family life of his subject. After reading this I would think say that Lombardi epitomized the idea of eating, breathing and living football, and because of this his family surely paid a price, yet never really left his side. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Goatville9 | 1/4/2014

    " When pro football held the status of pro wrestling and college football was dominant some of the biggest programs hailed from NYC and one of the best was Fordham "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ichael Otley | 12/3/2013

    " I really loved this book because it really gives you the life and times of a particular man, not just a coach's story. Extremely well written, insightful, balanced, beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John M. | 9/15/2013

    " A necessary read for the serious football fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 7/5/2013

    " Very dry in places, probably about 200 pages too long, but overall a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 6/16/2013

    " A good biography. There was a lot of good information and the author clearly did exhaustive research on his subject. It was interesting to delve into the Lombardi mythology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SteveR | 5/16/2013

    " If you like football or have an interest in the legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, this is an outstanding book. If you are old enough, it will bring back memories of some of the great football players from the '50's and '60's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davehbo | 4/27/2013

    " Very good story. Maybe too many details, but worth it if you like the subject matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Schmidt | 3/28/2013

    " A great story, and a great tie in to what was going on in the country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 3/21/2013

    " Excellent book on the man, the myth, the method and what mattered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/2/2013

    " I don't know what took me so long to finish this book. The writing was excellent, the research thorough. I just couldn't get through it. Now that I have, I'm glad I did. Lombardi really was an amazing psychologist and leader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conor | 6/7/2012

    " This book reads like a novel. Maraniss is a great writer and this book has great narrative. Lombardi was a complex and interesting man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evan | 5/24/2012

    " compelling story of an american sports icon, but in my opinion the book could be improved with a bit more editing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/20/2012

    " Almost certainly the most well-researched sports biography I have ever read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katina | 3/14/2012

    " I'm a big Packers fan but couldn't get into the style of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esteban | 2/7/2012

    " There's got to be a reason why the Super Bowl trpphy is called the Lombardi Trophy, this book is a good explanation why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/4/2012

    " Same author wrote on Roberto Clemente, also a great read. His style flows easily, captures detail and puts the subject's life in perspective according to the social situation. That's what made Vince come to life for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan | 1/1/2012

    " Not just a great sports book, but a great story of American history through the prism of college and pro football. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Przybylinski | 11/26/2011

    " Vince Lombardi is one of the greatest sports coaches of all time. He was discipline with his players and for good reason. He made champions out of his players. The book is amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 9/27/2011

    " This was not just another biography. Maraniss uses Lombardi as a hinge to talk about the changing of values in society and the media. This powerful man does embodies many of the strengths and pitfalls of modern success. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max Lazerwitz | 9/14/2011

    " Great makes me want to do something like him in sports. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 7/10/2011

    " i guess when i say i am currently reading this book, i mean i haven't picked it up in over a year. it is a good book and i have gotten about half way through. it has a lot of great stories on vince lombardi and how he mastered the art of coaching. pretty neat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drewkosztyo | 5/28/2011

    " Freedom through discipline -- a gripping and highly readable account of a wonderfully "old school" coach/athlete/leader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max | 4/11/2011

    " Great makes me want to do something like him in sports. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 RK | 2/13/2011

    " peaks high but ultimately falls flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/18/2011

    " This was not just another biography. Maraniss uses Lombardi as a hinge to talk about the changing of values in society and the media. This powerful man does embodies many of the strengths and pitfalls of modern success. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 1/1/2011

    " Interesting look into the life of a man obsessed with football "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 10/18/2010

    " A great book. I thought I'd reed everything on him. But I was suprised to find out I had not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Goatville9 | 8/25/2010

    " When pro football held the status of pro wrestling and college football was dominant some of the biggest programs hailed from NYC and one of the best was Fordham "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/19/2010

    " Very well written and thourough biography about Vince Lombardi. I think biographies are better when you are not so familiar with the subject matter. I knew Lombardi was a very successful coach of the Packers in the 60s but did not know much more than that prior to reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geno | 5/13/2010

    " Great book about thae great coach "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/26/2010

    " Great book about the man behind the legend. He was a pill to be around, but he sure knew how to coach a team (but not on game days). It was a bit slow to take off, but then was full of so many great stories from family, friends, and players. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 12/21/2009

    " Lombardi worked his players extremely hard and was driven to win, so long as his players players played by the rules. When he saw a player commit a penalty he would take that player out even if the player was not caught by an umpire. Imagine a coach doing that in today's game. "

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About the Author
Author David MaranissDavid Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post. He is the winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and has been a Pulitzer finalist two other times for his journalism and again for They Marched Into Sunlight, a book about Vietnam and the sixties. The author also of bestselling works on Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi, and Roberto Clemente, Maraniss is a fellow of the Society of American Historians. He and his wife, Linda, live in Washington, DC, and Madison, Wisconsin.