- Paperback: 225 pages
- Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC (January 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582613575
- ISBN-13: 978-1582613574
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 178 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story Paperback – January 1, 2001
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Jerry Sandusky retired as defensive coordinator of the Penn State University football team following the 1999 season. He spent 32 years at Penn State, all as an assistant to legendary head coach Joe Paterno, including the last 23 as defensive coordinator. Sandusky is the founder of The Second Mile, a charitable foundations that has touched the lives of more than 100,000 children. He is the author of a previous book, Developing Linebackers the Penn State Way. He and his wife Dottie are the parents of six children.
Kip Richeal is a 1987 graduate of Penn State University and a former student equipment manager with the Nittany Lion football team. Richeal is the author of two previous books: Pittsburgh Pirates: Still Walking Tall and Welcome to the Big Ten: Penn States Inaugural Season. He resides in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
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While I enjoyed the book overall, I was very dissapointed by the editing. For example, there were several typos that appeared repeatedly and weren't corrected. The first was when Jerry is talking about his charity work. The text in the book reads, "I loved my boys. I always did four kids". Clearly this should read "did it for the kids". In Jerry's "Offensive Strategies" portion of the book, he gives advice on how to maintain a lead late in ball games. Jerry writes that "college boys playing ball games need to milk the cock repeatedly in order to acheive greatness". Clearly the world clock is misspelled in this sentence. If you can overlook a few of these things, "Touched" really is a book that's hard to walk away from.
"This book will be a special read for anyone who respects people who are unselfish and give a little piece of themselves to everyone with whom they come in contact."
Well, I guess the part about giving a little piece of themselves to everyone with whom they come in contact seems somewhat accurate...
"Enjoy, because this man, Jerry Sandusky, is an original piece of work!"
Not sure it's how he meant it, but an original piece of work is one way to describe him...
People who commit the most horrendous acts continue to think of themselves in a positive light and to represent their acts or intentions as good. Even some murderers, rapists and kidnappers have claimed they committed their acts out of what they thought was "best" for the victims. There is no limit to what a self-interested criminal will use to claim goodness in his/her own character. For Sandusky to have believed himself so Christlike (because I also noticed the similarity to the title of the television show starring Della Reese, and consider it more than a coincidence) that he apparently named the book in reference to the lives he "touched" was arrogant. It reveals, in advance of his crimes coming to public light, a far reaching attempt to paint himself into a scenario of "do gooder," rather than an honest interest in providing community assistance to vulnerable children. The foreshadowing of justification, rationalization, insidious character defect and the ultimate crime revelation suggested by this title couldn't have been more targeted if it had been in the hands of an expert fiction writer.
Attempts by anyone to show the world his/her own "goodness" are suspicious, and in this instance we now know why. This second sentence in the first paragraph of the second chapter written by Sandusky is ironic indeed: "I had always professed that someday I would reap the benefits of maturity, but my lifestyle wouldn't let me."