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Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence Hardcover – April 17, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062201131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062201133
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Offers a case study in an important truth: far better to read one well-researched volume, like this, than to wade through day after day of fragmentary, often overwrought, and ultimately overwhelming media coverage.'' --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Bill Moushey is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative journalist who specializes in documenting abuses of the criminal justice system. He worked with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for twenty-three years before becoming a professor in the School of Communication at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. In 1997 he won the National Press Club's Freedom of Information Award for his groundbreaking exposé of an out-of-control witness protection program.



Bob Dvorchak worked for forty-four years as a journalist with Uniontown Newspapers Inc., the Associated Press, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He has received awards from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Golden Quill awards program for deadline reporting and sportswriting.


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Customer Reviews

It is not the Joe Paterno scandal, but the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Tallie
Very poorly organized and written - time will tell if the facts as laid out are true.
C. Rock
Donate your money to charity before you waste your money on this book.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By aj42na77 on April 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Unlike some of the other reviewers, I'm not going to bash this book because I'm a blind worshiper of Joe Paterno. I'm going to bash this book, because I think it was poorly written, poorly organized, and uninformative.

First of all, only buy this book if you have heard or read absolutely nothing about the scandal that rocked Penn State University in 2011. If you followed the case on TV, listened to sports radio, or read the articles written in newspapers and periodicals about this case, then you already have heard everything that is in this book. If you purchase this book with the idea that the authors did independent research to unearth inside information outside of what exists in the public record, and that new tidbits will be offered for your consumption, then you will be very disappointed in the product.

Secondly, the book is poorly written and redundant. There are two authors listed, and I found myself wondering if they communicated with each other at all while putting this book together. The readers will find themselves reading a chapter containing a story, and then having to read the same story in a later chapter. Some accounts of the incidents of abuse are re-told almost verbatim up to five different times in different sections of the book. It has the feel of a work whose authors knew was not long enough to get people to pay the cover price and used repetition and filler to artificially inflate it's length.

I do think that this is a story that needed to be told, and needed to be told in book form so that people would never forget the tragic events at Penn State and to serve as a cautionary tale of how things that seemed to be going so right can end up so horribly wrong. I only wish that the authors had waited until after the trial to publish a more complete work that included better research and that felt less rushed and slapped together than this book did.
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30 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Crutch on April 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I agree it seems as if the bulk of the reviewers here haven't read the book and I'm guessing many of them are Penn State/JoePa fans. In truth it is very well written and clarifies the chronology of events leading up to the legal action taken. If you believe this account of Sandusky's M.O. he's nothing but a garden variety sexual predator and the big story is that it happened at a famous institution. Though Penn State does not come out looking good, the greater message here is that it could happen anywhere. Because we live in a culture so fearful of addressing sexual issues of ANY kind, we're ill equipped to deal with those of abuse. The Sanduskys of the world get a big boost from our fear of discomfort. Read this book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dts on November 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A few things: 1) This book was published before the verdict so no Freeh Report, no sentencing etc. 2) The content is very shallow, nothing you can not find on the internet. It seems like the author just took all of the news articles and wrote a book essentially summarizing them. 3) The author makes it seem like the whole scandal is about Joe Paterno. Yes Joe Paterno had a significant role, but the book should have focused more on Jerry Sandusky.
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21 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Briana H. on May 23, 2012
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While this case has not yet gone to trial, the facts as we know them up to this point can all be found in "Game Over." The undeniable truth is that there were a number of young men who were sexually abused by a powerful figure in the central Pennsylvania community. When I had finished reading this, I felt myself overcome with tears, despair and anger for the acts that Jerry Sandusky was allowed to continue over the course of years at Penn State's facilities and through the Second Mile program. So many adults had the information in front of them, the knowledge and the power to take action and stop what was happening to these young men - and sadly no one did a thing. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. Taking the stand in that court room will not be easy. Reliving such horrific events in their lives will be very difficult and my prayers are will them.

I commend Bill Moushey and Bob Dvorchak for digging up the facts and publishing the truth about this case. The silence absolutely needed to be broken and the public needed to understand facts involved in the events leading up to the Penn State scandal. This book truly demonstrates the dangers of a culture of silence.

A quote from Rodney Erickson, found on page 105 perfectly sums up what I hope each reader can take away from this book: "Healing cannot occur until we understand how responsibilities to these children failed and how we can prevent such tragedies in the future.... Never again should anyone at Penn State - regardless of their position - feel scared to do the right thing."

If you have not already read this book, I highly recommend you do so. It's a great read, well written and is very thought-provoking. I believe that everyone can take something away from "Game Over."

I very much look forward to seeing more books published by these authors. The world needs more investigative reporters like Moushey and Dvorchak out there seeking truth and justice.
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44 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey W Simons on April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
only one word does this book justice: SHAME. A shameless capitalization of the suffering of the alleged victims, a shameless mixture of "anonymous" rumor mongering and innuendo. Shame on the authors and their editors.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glenna J. Kerker on May 17, 2014
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This book is a summary of all the propaganda circulated by the press. The title infers that Paterno is somehow a fallen hero. The text offers nothing to support this hinted at conclusion. The book was a blatant attempt to capitalize on the moral panic sweeping the country.
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