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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062201133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062201133
  • ASIN: 0062201131
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I know both the authors as a co-worker at the PPG. They are tough, but highly responsible, fair and REAL...not muddy water, journalists. Ironically, the authors have provided a rich background on the character-building years of Paterno in their review. It led me to believe that Joe would certainly have done more had he FULLY realized, actualized that his bosses might very well duck on their full responsibilities. He was so dedicated to the football, Great Experiment...that was his special expertise...that he felt very awkward, incompetent in fielding what he was hearing. We will never really know what he knew, even with the latest email between Schultz and Curly mentioning a conversation with him..that could have been non-substantive. I am no fan of the many PSU football zealots that still cling to the Paterno Idol status, meaning football before God almost literally, but it is also made clear in this book that a good group of PSU students, in their demonstrations on behalf of the young Real victims, got what counted. These students were embarrassed by the zealots...and that says a lot about the quality of the school...it does continue to attract well-balanced, academically centered youth. The Parerno name aptly stays on the Library...which the family helped fund, but the statue outside the stadium...nope. The statue belongs in the library with the inscription of his words that he wanted to be known for contributing more...filling the brain! Football be damned.
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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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Disappointing. After you've read 1/3 of the book, you've read the entire book! Can't remember the last time I've read a book so repetitious. There's an entire chapter towards the end which is basically a transcript of Joe Paterno's memorial service. Can we say "filler?" Plus, note the date. This book was rushed into publication, It ends before Sandusky goes to trial.
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"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 engage in abuse of children over a long period when it could have been stopped earlier. It provides good insight into the culture of sports mania and idolatry. The lessons learned from this experience should go along way to prevent a repetition of this kind of behavior.
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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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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 sensationalized. (I don't know whether Mr. Moushey had anything to do with the title.) Mr. Moushey injected his opinion at times - you couldn't resist the jab at JoePa during his memorial service, huh? - but it is his book.
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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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