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Baker & Taylor
A biography of the legendary college football coach, written with the cooperation of the subject and his family, traces his distinguished career over sixty-two football seasons and his enduring legacy.

& Taylor

A definitive account of the legendary college football coach, written with the full cooperation of the subject and his family, traces his hire at Penn State after remarkable achievements as a quarterback at Brown University, his distinguished and award-winning career over 62 football seasons and his enduring legacy as Penn State faces its first season without him.

Simon and Schuster
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.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2012
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451657494
Characteristics: viii, 402 : ill. ; 25 cm


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Jul 18, 2013

A good quick read. Joe Posnanski presents a well-written account of Joe Paterno's career as a head coach at Penn State. He does not shy away from covering the sex abuse scandal, which ultimately led to Paterno's downfall as the coach. He does not speculate on what Joe knew or didn't know about the Sandusky case. In the end, Posnanski states that Joe should have done more.

Jun 17, 2013

Stayed too long- a younger, more ambitious person would have followed up to learn what the AD did (which unfortunately was nothing). I don't think he knew what was going on but he has to be held accountable. A great man with a legacy tarnished by a monster.

4book1 May 04, 2013

I found "Paterno" to be a good read. He found his career niche as a football coach. As was mentioned in the book, Joe and Jerry Sandusky were not particularly close and I don't believe Joe really knew what was taking place.

Feb 14, 2013

Joe Paterno covered up a sex abuse scandal. One of the worst in American history. I had a lot of trouble with this book. It wants to set aside the coverup and highlight a positive life. Yes, I guess there were good things. But the victims and their families who cried out for help, and Joe Paterno looked the other way? Joe behaviour was unacceptable, and much of what Joe achieved has been stricken from the record books. So there is a serious flaw to this book

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