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While the title of this book may be overstated, its subtitle is certainly understated: veteran sports writer Fitzpatrick's account is more a biography of Paterno-and thus a biography of Penn State football as it is known today-related through the ups and downs of the 2004 season, the team's fourth consecutive losing season. Chapters effortlessly breeze from anecdotes from Paterno's boyhood to the Nittany Lions glory days of the 1980s to the action on the field in 2004, united by a central problem facing Paterno and the Penn State community: what do you do when a legend falters? Now in his eighties and after a long stretch of winning seasons earned by a unique combination of gridiron savvy and personal, educational and spiritual guidance (an Ivy League graduate, Paterno is known to recite Shakespeare at pep rallies), "JoePa" hadn't mustered a winning season-much less a strong bowl berth or championship-in four years, and several star players had been involved in behavior scandals. Could the school and the rabid alumni community continue to support Paterno now that the bar was set so high? Fitzpatrick doesn't portend to answer these questions, but readers will find hints of optimism in his portrait of Paterno and the inner workings of college football.
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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno (two national championships, four coach-of-the-year awards, 31 bowl appearances) is arguably the most successful, if not the best, coach in the game--which gives a certain contrasting drama to the dismal record his teams have put up over the last five seasons. Fitzpatrick, a Philadelphia Inquirer sportswriter,covered the Nittany Lions all last season, transcribing Paterno's almost-fanatical obsession to find a way to win, the building storm of criticism Paterno received from alumni and sportswriters, the players' ups and downs, and even the modicum of salvation the team achieved at season's end. Although thorough and engaging enough, Fitzpatrick's account doesn't have the pop and pull of, say, Warren St. John's fine Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer (2004), hich followed the Alabama Crimson Tide's 1999 season. Still, Paterno's rich story continues to play itself out, and The Lion in Autumn will enable any reader to appreciate that story in this and future Paterno seasons. Alan Moores
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The best thing I can say about this book is that, briefly, it changed my mind about Paterno. As someone who went to college in Pennsyvania, I've always been put off by the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Benjamin Watanabe
JOE PATRNO HAS LEFT A LASTING LEGACY....ON COLLEGE AND MAIN STREAM MEDIA.....AND THIS BOOK TAKES YOU ALONG COACH PATERNOS DAILY GRIND AS WELL THROUGH HIS GLORIOUS CAREER.... Read morePublished 17 months ago by STEVEN
The only thing holding this book back is its author. Not very well written or researched. It's okay for just a simple read.Published on May 12, 2013 by Gary J Cimperman
This book was a great read. It is an inspring book on leadership while telling the story of one of the most legendary college football coaches of all time. Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Brooklyn Joe
The book "The Lion in Autumn:A Season with Joe Paterno and Penn State Football" is a good book to be read by a Penn State football fan. Read morePublished on May 21, 2008 by S. Heinly
I thought the book was very good. Would recommend it to Penn State fans as well as any other football fans.Published on December 23, 2007 by Al Bigwood
I just finished the book a couple of days ago and as it settled it my mind, two impressions came over me. Read morePublished on November 11, 2006 by Howard Wexler