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Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence Hardcover – April 17, 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I must admit it made me squirm and not because it was either published too soon or the authors
got the facts wrong.
As I remember the narrative I think the book closely recounts how the situation unfolded over
the 14 years of the Sandusky "incidents." A lot of PSU grads are embarrassed how the school that we all
loved and the people that ran it came up small. Coach Paterno was a fine, ethical and moral man and
the weight of his good deeds will eventually crush the misjudgment he made in 2002 relative to
Sandusky. Coach was a man not a saint and he wasn't perfect. Neither were any of the other actors
involved in this abhorrent drama.
Don't fault the book for pointing that out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written. Fills in the gaps that the media never disclosed. Tragic all around! Especially 10 years of abuse of very young boys to save the reputation of Penn State.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
The story has been in the news for a long time. I wanted to read what really happened.Published 13 months ago by Letha
This book is a summary of all the propaganda circulated by the press. The title infers that Paterno is somehow a fallen hero. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Glenna J. Kerker
This book is nothing new and was already outdated before being published. Clearly just some tool trying to make a quick buck off a bad situation.Published on May 1, 2013 by Pete
Interesting to read. Wish someone would of called out Jerry years earlier! Have a group of friends to pass along to and read.Published on April 12, 2013 by Barb B
This book was very well written, and informative. I went to high school with Bill Moushey so maybe I am biased! Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Sally M. Conley-Oyster
If everything is true in the book then more things should have been looked into - the Second Mile, whys that Paterno did not follow through instead of leaving the higher ups do... Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Sapphire Reader
"Game Over" gives an indepth and thorough review of what was wrong at Penn State. It shows clearly how the most powerful people at the university allowed Jerry Sandusky to... Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by John A. Matta
When you consider the fact that this story still hasn't completely played out - three Penn State administrators have yet to see their day in court - the title is somewhat... Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Amazon Customer