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Paterno: By the Book Hardcover – September 9, 1989


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (September 9, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394565010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394565019
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''One of the greatest coaches ever in college sports . . . and not just because of national championships . . . He's never forgotten that, first and foremost, he's a teacher who's preparing his students not just for the season but for life.'' --President Ronald Reagan

''Engaging.'' --New York Times

''A symbol for college sports done right.'' --USA Today

''In the often murky world of college athleteics, Penn State coach Joe Paterno is a beacon of integrity -- and he knows how to win . . . In an era of college football in which it seems everybody's hand is either in the till or balled up into a fist, Paterno sticks out like a clean thumb.'' --Sports Illustrated --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

JOSEPH VINCENT PATERNO (1926-2012) was an American college football coach who was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions for nearly forty-six years. He coached five undefeated teams that won major bowl games and, in 2007, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach.

BERNARD ASBELL (1923-2001) was a biographer, a journalist, and an associate professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, teaching nonfiction writing from 1984 until his retirement in 1992. He was the author of twelve books and approximately two hundred nonfiction articles for national publications. He was a past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and was named its Author of the Year in 1996 for his book The Pill: A Biography of the Drug That Changed the World. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1998
Format: Audio Cassette
This book is a must read for football fans, coaches, players, and for anyone interested in how to succeed in sports competition. Although it is his life story, one can garner many pearls of wisdom about how to succeed, how to compete in an honest and sincere way, and the values that must be instilled in any sports players, young and old. You can find out why a man would turn down a 1 million job to coach at Penn State for 100K. Or why Joe Paterno rolls up his pants for games. Most of all, you can find the nuances and ideals behind the most successful college football coach, and the most successful college football program, in history.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeff W Traylor on July 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Published before the 1989 season, Paterno: By the Book provides a great deal of insight into the mind of one of the greatest college football coaches ever. The book is more memorable for Paterno's musings on life, recruiting, winning, losing and growing up with a strong mother rather than for his specific thoughts on the numerous games he has coached. Assuming the book is in fact an accurate portrayal of Paterno, it is clear that he will never voluntarily step down from Penn State, no matter how bad things get. He is determined and driven to succeed. He will not quit and he will not go quietly. From many of his remarks in the book about Penn State, it is clear he feels the same way a number of his supporters do, Penn State owes Joe loyalty for his many years of service. A solid sports book about sports...and life.
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I never doubted the material inside the covers of this book. Joe was an educator, philanthropist, humanitarian and a coach. He always gave himself to others making sure they reached their fullest potential in life. There will never be another human who spends 61 years in one location. RIP JVP.
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By Lola on May 14, 2013
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I had read this book many years ago was impressed with his wit and wisdom. To this day I admire this man and all of his accomplishments. What a sad ending to the life of a great man.
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By Mary Patton on July 29, 2013
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I bought this as a gift for my Brother in law for Christmas.
He is a fan of this coach. He really liked it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is also a fan.
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By heather on December 22, 2013
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I bought this book because it was written by a paterno, instead of an outsider. Ive been wanting this for a while but couldnt find it anywhere but on amazon.com.
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