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No Ordinary Joe: The Biography of Joe Paterno Paperback – July 30, 1999
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O'Brien pulls no punches. Paterno is brash, at times mean and expects a lot out of his players, but he is also a loving father figure to players and the student body. Paterno is no saint though. If you don't produce, you are in trouble... but isn't that the way of the world. His philosophy, richly detailed in a chapter on Patero's coaching style, should be copied by the Spurriers and the Sabans of the world.
I haven't read any other O'Brien books, but I definitely will be looking for them on my next trip to the book store. This book is a quick read, but it makes you feel good about the world again when you realize that there are still people like Paterno out there that don't compromise themselves for money and fame.
Now I just wish O'Brien would write a book on Coach K because if I had a son that was good at hoops I'd send him to Duke.
Put a thermometer to the JoePa sentiments in State College and you may be surprised that a fervent admiration that pervades the town, and for good reason. Hey, there has to be some reason we would like a guy enough to make a bean bag doll out of him...give him his own ice cream flavor (Peachy Paterno)...and put his face on mugs...and golf balls. ("Guaranteed to go up the middle three out of four times.") ...The fact is, the guy has integrity that borders on insanity, and that makes him interesting as heck.
On a final note, this is a dangerous book in that it will feed an obsession born of fandom. Be careful with this book. I have a friend, the daughter of Penn State's president, and every year she obliges me by hand-delivering a batch of Santa Joe cookies to the Paternos at the bowl games. Make sure you don't go as far over the edge as I did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative! It shared the good,the bad, and the ugly about Joe Pa. Truly, a candid view of Joe Patsrno.Published 22 months ago by James Godlewski
Obviously things have changed in the way we understand this guy. That said, O'Brien's book is an interesting look at the way we felt about Paterno before the scandal.Published on December 9, 2013 by Chris
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my brother in law.
He is a fan of this coach. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of this coach.
This book shows, to a great degree, the actions of the growing Paterno family and encapsulates the lifestyle of a winning family.Published on April 5, 2013 by rhythmnkeeper
I am so into this book and cant wait to inish it . Keep coming out with the good books.Published on January 25, 2013 by Patricia A. Kurowski
Bought this book for my mother, a BIG Joe Paterno fan. Not only has she totally enjoyed reading the book, several of her friends have expressed an interest in reading it... Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by Billy B.
For most sports fans, the name Joe Paterno is a familiar one. The images conjured up by the name may vary...some see a living god while others see a need for change. Read morePublished on April 18, 2006 by Outdoors Survival Guy