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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,977 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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