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Bear Revelations: Paul Bryant the Man Hardcover – August 30, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pine Hill Books; First edition (August 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980013909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980013900
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,730,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Clark's Bear Revelations weaves a history of early 1970s Alabama football around the man -- make that The Man, as Clark does who made it happen. Clark was a student assistant in the athletics department and has a vivid memory of the minutiae. His memories paint a Paul Bryant unlike the famed coach known to most. --Kirk McNair, Editor, BAMA Magazine

"I really enjoyed this book. From the trenches, we (players) had one view of the Coach. This story gives us a different perspective. But it talks about work and that's Coach Bryant. A few years after graduation, I went to watch the team practice on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. The Coach came down from the tower and greeted me and asked, "What are you doing now?" I answered, and he responded "Why are you not at work?" The book brings to life so many good memories of Coach Bryant and those years. The big picture it shows us is great." --Johnny Sharpless, member, 1973 National Championship Crimson Tide

"Bear Revelations chronicles the legendary Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant as seen through the eyes of his young student assistant Steve Clark. We re-experience the impact on Alabama campus life in the 70's of Viet Nam, alcohol, drugs, racial integration, rock music, and the Nixon disgrace. We learn, as Clark learns, that Bryant's values of hard work, planning, discipline, total commitment, and fundamental decency apply not only to football, but to life beyond that demanding sport. Bear Revelations allows us to see the human being who was also a sports icon. --Dr. Ladell Payne, founding member, NCAA President's Commission

About the Author

Steve Clark is a writer and media producer who received his BA, MBA and B.E.A.R. from the University of Alabama. He lives between 30A Destin, Florida and Lake Jordan above Montgomery, Alabama, where he is at work on his next novel.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By George McAdams VINE VOICE on October 31, 2008
The year 2008 marked the 25th anniversary of Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's death, and if you live in Alabama, or in any of the states that have a Southeastern Conference football team, you know Coach Bryant, as a coach, and as a man, was not someone you could easily replace. Just ask five of the first six coaches who followed in his footsteps.

The proliferation of books about Coach Bryant has been very steady over the last 25 years. Other than Allen Barra's THE LAST COACH, most have dealt with the lean years Coach Bryant experienced, or were written by assistant coaches, or broadcasters who were ever so familiar with Coach Bryant, but their books generally lacked something: either they did not know Coach Bryant as well as they thought they did or, in most cases, they, or their ghost writer, did not know how to put their thoughts down as well as they should. It got to be a standard joke that soon the "errand boy" would be taking pen to paper to give us their opinion on Coach Bryant.

Little did I know, or expect, that Steve Clark, a "go-fer," those are Mr. Clark's words, for Coach Bryant from 1972 to 1976 would write one of the best books about the "real" Coach Bryant, describing in detail the manner in which Coach Bryant interacted with others on a daily basis.

This book is outstanding in that Mr. Clark relates to the reader the aspects about Coach Bryant that describes Coach's approach to life, and how that mirrored his approach towards developing a championship football team Bear Bryant on Winning Football.

Interweaving accounts of the football games and campus life as reported by the student newspaper, "The Crimson-White," Mr.
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This book was purchased as a gift for my son who is a fan of Paul Bryant -he did enjoy this very much
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