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About the Author

Frank Fitzpatrick is the author of three other books, including And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Kentucky, Texas Western, and the Game that Changed American Sports and The Lion in Autumn: A Season with Joe Paterno and Penn State Football. A longtime sportswriter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, he was a finalist for a 2001 Pulitzer Prize and has won numerous local and national awards. He lives in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600786154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600786150
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Geoff E on December 2, 2011
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I loved this book. I don't care that I just happened to be reading it during the media storm that was the Penn State Scandle.

Joe Paterno was, and continues to be, one of the most interesting and successful coaches in all of sports. This book did a good job of explaining how he came to be at Penn State and how he developed his coaching philosphy, which was the most interesting part to me.

The chapters that covered the late 60's and early 70's, when Paterno was getting his undefeated seasons with no national title to show for it, were perhaps the most interesting. Paterno showed a fire and loyalty to Penn State that I highly doubt any other coach would show. He turned down good NFL money to stay in Happy Valley.

It is a shame to read this book about Paterno, and read abot all the good he has done for countless people, football players and others, and to see that legacy scared by the Sandusky scandle. Regardless of your thoughts on Paterno or the scandle as a whole, this is a book that exposes a man who gave his life to a University and to a football program of young men and it should be read by all College Football fans.

Of course, like I said, you are free to make your own judgements about Paterno following the recent events, but that doesn't take away from the 50+ years of interesting football stories this book tells.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bjohns65 on January 28, 2012
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Bought this shortly after news came out he had lung cancer to remember the good times. Wasn't disappointed. Learned some things about him I didn't know and now respect him even more if that was possible.
It is strange to read since it was written before any scandal but for some people that might be a plus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rickesq on September 21, 2012
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Fitzpatrick is a talented , careful and entertaining writer whose second book about Pasterno takes us to the end of Joe PA's glory days and before the fateful 2011 season. This is a sympathetic and balanced look at the man , his backgound , character and accomplishments. From his early days in Brooklyn , to the out place NY Italian at Brown and the assistant coach who lived in a room in freinds' apartments for years , Paterno emerges as a true icon but also as a quirky , demanding , irascible coach and power player. Fitz gets it all. Highly recommended for anyone interested in a true portrait of this legendary figure and as background for understanding the later events.

Excellent and absorbing book and a valuable contribution.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia L. Erdman on March 5, 2013
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This is a very informative yet personal story of a man who gave so much, not only to his family and the football players but also to the community & college. He gained respect from many people throughout the years as a coach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michele on February 2, 2013
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Mostly pulled together from other sources, which I recognized from having read some of the other books... but that's OK if you haven't read the other books. It's nice that it's current right up to his last game, without all the drama of what he did or didn't know/do about the Sandusky debacle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles P. Poole, Jr. on March 25, 2014
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A biography of a man considered by many as the outstanding football coach of our generation. His fall from power was a national tragedy. Realistically he was forced into the role of a scapegoat. This biography tells his story fairly and realistically, and is recommended reading. .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By norma aldridge on July 1, 2013
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My daughter read this book quickly. She is a huge Paterno fan. This was exactly what she wanted for her birthday. Good choice for her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary J Cimperman on May 12, 2013
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I did like the book and the way it was written, but it's the same Paterno stories over and over again. Nothing really new to share.
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