- By Joe Posnanski


  • Title: Paterno
  • Author: Joe Posnanski
  • ISBN: 9781451657494
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Paterno By America s premier sportswriter written with full cooperation of Joe Paterno and his family Paterno is the definitive account of the epic life of America s winningest college football coach Publis

    By America s premier sportswriter, written with full cooperation of Joe Paterno and his family, Paterno is the definitive account of the epic life of America s winningest college football coach Published to coincide with Penn State football s first season without their legendary leader.Joe Posnanski s biography of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno follows inBy America s premier sportswriter, written with full cooperation of Joe Paterno and his family, Paterno is the definitive account of the epic life of America s winningest college football coach Published to coincide with Penn State football s first season without their legendary leader.Joe Posnanski s biography of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno follows in the tradition of works by Richard Ben Cramer on Joe DiMaggio and David Maraniss on Vince Lombardi Having gained unprecedented access to Paterno, as well as the coach s personal notes and files, Posnanski spent the last two years of Paterno s life covering the coach, on and off the field and through the scandal that ended Paterno s legendary career.Joe Posnanski, who in 2012 was named the Best Sportswriter in America by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, was with Paterno and his family as a horrific national scandal unfolded and Paterno was fired Within three months, Paterno died of lung cancer, a tragic end to a life that was epic, influential, and operatic Paterno is the fullest description we will ever have of the man s character and career In this honest and surprising portrait, Joe Posnanski brings new insight and understanding to one of the most controversial figures in America.

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    1. I'm going to start this review with some stories. 1. When I was learning how to drive, we drove out to an area of the Penn State campus that is far away from everything, but in walking distance to Beaver Stadium. It was a Sunday in late spring and no one was around. I went around a corner and slammed on the brakes. I almost hit Joe Paterno, who was out for a walk. He shook his fist at me angrily. My husband rolled down his window and apologized, telling Joe I was just learning to drive, and Joe [...]

    2. So, this book, about Paterno's life, had some difficulties. It was mostly written before the Sandusky scandal broke and i could tell that the writer had to go back over the narrative and give it a belated treatment in consideration of the scandal. as such, the first half of the book felt a little awkward. the biography went in chronological order, as expected, but the author would cut into the story with asides that referred to the recent scandal. the back and forth felt a little uncomfortable, [...]

    3. All too often we are drawn in by mob mentality. We believe everything the national media tells us, and in today's viral society one media member's thoughts become the thoughts of ten media members, a situation that feeds and fuels itself until it grows into an uncontrollable and unfathomable monster greater than any one individual or group. We are infiltrated and consumed so deeply by the saturation of Twitter and television news that we entirely lose sight of the once clear line between our own [...]

    4. Paterno by Joe Posnanski“Paterno” is the fascinating story of Joe Paterno’s life. It’s the truth of his life. “The only thing he ever asked of me was to write the truth as I found it.” Mission accomplished, talented author and sports journalist Joe Posnanski, takes the reader on a life’s journey, the life of Joe Paterno. With unlimited access to Joe Paterno’s personal files, family, friends and former players, Posnanski weaves a captivating life that impacted many: his childhood, [...]

    5. A great book. Starting with Joe in his early days in school, working up through the many years as coach at Penn State. It was great to re-live some of those years - I attended Penn State from 1979 to 1983, where the team was national champion - and to hear from those that knew him and that he coached. He worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others, with no hint of self recognition for his actions. He and his family gave millions to the University they loved in order to enhance their lives t [...]

    6. I thought is was a very good book by someone who had amazing access to Joe and those who knew him best. I do believe firmly that this man who stood for integrity and academic scholarship coming before football did not know anymore than he said. I believe if the creep had been working for Joe, at the time of the incidents, he would have followed up more and I believe he regretted leaving that up to others. This man made millions at the end of his life but he walked away from countless more millio [...]

    7. I'm a Penn State graduate and as most Penn Staters will attest to, Joe Paterno was a rock god. I'll never forget when he walked past me one day and cheerily said hello. I almost fell over--the legendary JoePa acknowledging mea lowly student? We were proud of Joe. Unlike many, if not most college football coaches, he took education seriously. His players filled the library, studying and meeting with their tutors (one of my friends was a tutor--Joe wasn't just putting on a show). He was a characte [...]

    8. Disclaimer: I've followed Penn State football and Joe Pa since I was a young boyew up listening to the games on the radio. Had read a few other books on Paterno, but wanted to read this book because 1) I think Posnanski is one of the best sports writers in the country, and 2) he was living at State College researching this book when Paterno was fired; he shared conversations with Paterno in those few months between his firing and death. For those looking for a research project which definitively [...]

    9. I've been a fan of Penn State football since my birth in 1963. A pretty good time to follow a program and it's legendary coach. My parents both graduated from Penn State as did my grandmother, my aunt and uncle and other relatives. I never attended PSU, but have always felt like State College was a second home. Until now I'd never read a book about Paterno. I'd always had my own feelings about him based on his coaching techniques and his desire to focus on the larger parts of a student-athletes [...]

    10. Simply an amazing book. This is a must read that allows the reader to further understand how Joe Paterno worked, thought, and lived. His mind was always active, always thinking two steps ahead - "think about getting up on your way down". A concise view of a genuine human who was only ever really afraid of one thing. A human who never got along with someone that the general public had always thought were best friends. A human who put the lives, education, and futures of the players first -- he di [...]

    11. This book will not change your opinion on Paterno, so don't read it if you want to be swayed in either direction. The author pretty much states that: in one chapter, Joe goes to recruit a future Heisman trophy winner when he realizes the kid brother has leukemia. He abandons the football player and his parents; leaving his colleagues to do the recruiting. Instead, he spends the rest of the evening sitting with the brother. As the author states, "you can see the beauty or you can see the self-int [...]

    12. I read this book in an effort to understand how Joe Paterno could be such a polarizng figure. He was seen as a great coach and person by some and evil by others.This book offered some insights into the man. But my questions weren't fully answered. The author paints the picture of Paterno's relationship with Sandusky as strained from the beginning. But some things didn't make sense. If he really disliked Sandusky, why did Paterno allow him on his staff for so many years? Why did he allow him such [...]

    13. I don't read a lot of biographies, but this one was close to me. It may not be as compelling if you are just wanting to accept the current media interpretations (and I am including the Freeh report here because it is just a very skewed interpretation). This helped me to understand Joe Paterno much better than I had before. He was not a god, but a man that wanted to do his best for his university, his kids, and his family. He was not perfect and not a demon either. This book made me laugh and cry [...]

    14. Read it and tell me Joe Paterno systematically contributed to help cover up a sexual predator's crimes. I dare you.Vindication, when it comes, will come too late for Joe, but it will be all the sweeter because the media and the PSU BOT who railroaded him, Freeh and the NCAA will all get their due.Excellent book, well written, well researched. I especially loved the players' vignettes of Joe, and what they've all taken away from their experiences with him.

    15. Joe Posnanski was working on this book with the full cooperation of his subject when the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke in 2011. That investigation (and the massive damage it did to Joe Paterno's reputation) threw off the bio Posnanski was writing and it shows. The story of a coach who once stood for academic excellence was lost and the attempts to tie in the end of JoePa's career and life feel another story was grafted onto the original. At his best Posnanski is one of the best sportswriters aliv [...]

    16. Posnanski's treatment of Paterno is fair, pulling no punches but giving no favors. I have admired Posnanski's writing since his days in KC covering the Chiefs and Royals. Having such unique access to Paterno and his family in those tragic last days that marked in then of JoPa's career and life was astounding and the author could have been influenced by the sentiment of a man's need to be remembered more for his coaching success than a scandal that harmed so many. But he was committed to the trut [...]

    17. I have no idea what this book's purpose is - particularly because I know that before the Sandusky scandal rocked Penn State, Posnanski was writing the book anyway. The author suggests that he was writing the book because he had reason to believe Paterno was going to retire at the end of the season, even before disaster struck. If he was writing a swan song book, he abandoned that mission, maybe because the scandal rendered it moot, and maybe because the last season of Joe Paterno's life just was [...]

    18. Review title: A big lifeToday, September 1, 2012, Penn State played Ohio, and Joe Paterno's widowed wife Sue quietly slipped into Beaver Stadium and watched the first three quarters of the game from the family's suite. Even in the midst and the wake of the maelstrom that surrounded the end of Joe Paterno's life and legacy, life (and legacy) still go on.Joe Posnanski had an insider's view of the maelstrom based on the exclusive access to Paterno, his family, and friends that he was granted to wri [...]

    19. I've always wanted to know more about JoePa's life obviously but more from a historical background. I didn't know who he was or what Penn State football was until I went there. I wanted to know about the history of the team and the greatness etc. But I never got around to actually buying a book on him. Now with the timing of this new book after the scandal, it seemed appropriate. But again, I didn't necessarily seek out to get this book. I happened to see it on the new shelf at the library and d [...]

    20. The whole Sandusky scandal seemed so utterly opposed to everything I understood Joe Pa to stand for, I couldn't understand it at all. I picked up this book because, according to the description, the author was with the Paterno family during the last few months of his life, including the whole mess. I wanted to understand his perspective. So far, it's everything I wanted to hear, so much so that I'm having a hard time believing it. I do want Joe to really have been the hero I looked up to. The ne [...]

    21. This is a fantastic biography of a great man who became incredibly controversial just before his death. I grew up watching PSU football and attended Penn State during the later years, the lowest years in terms of wins and losses for the football team, of JoePa's career. His story was headed for an ending in sainthood before becoming embroiled in controversy. The Sandusky scandal shook the school and the nation. What did Joe know and when did Joe know it? This book does not really shed light on t [...]

    22. “Paterno” by Joe Posnanski, published by Simon and Schuster.Category – Sports Biography Publication Date – August 06, 2013It seems an impossible task to put together a biography on the life of Joe Paterno, and yet Joe Posnanski not only does a good job but one I would call stellar. Posnanski takes us to the very top of Paterno’s life and also to the very bottom. He is very forthright in that he presents the facts and makes no judgment; the judgment is left to the reader.Paterno comes f [...]

    23. I enjoyed the writing in the bio of Joe Paterno. I enjoyed Joe Mantenga's performance of the book. I enjoyed hearing about the coach, and the qualities of another person who has striven for and come close to the goal of excellence.As we all do, Paterno had inconsistencies in his life, but he generally stuck to some demanding and solid principles, some of which are:Take care of the little things, big things take care of themselves.One your way down, think about getting up.You cannot be afraid to [...]

    24. The book has been napalmed by critics determined to prove how outraged they are about the scandal that engulfed Paterno's final days. And to be honest, it feels a bit rushed. If Posnanski had been given the extra half year of work originally allocated, I think this would be a much better book. It's a bit sloppy in parts and needed a lot more interviews with Paterno critics but ran into the problem that very few of the people who knew him well had bad things to say about him and those who did wer [...]

    25. I thought Joe Paterno was simple man with few complexities other than his ingenious ability to design and execute game plans. I was wrong. Joe Posnanski was given more than ample access, time and opportunity to explore Paterno's life from beginning to end with the support of his family; their only directive-- to reveal the truth as you find it. Posnanski does."Paterno" doesn't attempt to idolize, rewrite history or gloss over tragedy. The book is an historically accurate look at a man's life fil [...]

    26. First and foremost: I am a Penn Stater through and through. I bleed blue and white and have since the second I was born. The unfortunate scandal that tore down the reputation of Penn State happened my senior year at the University. It truly changed the atmosphere of "Happy Valley" in every way possible. This book was a brilliantly told story of a remarkable man's life. Yes, Joe Paterno was (and always will be) remarkable. He was not perfect, and he never claimed to be, but he was honest and good [...]

    27. For full disclosure, I went to Penn State, and I worked there for four years, including in 2011 wen the charges against Jerry Sandusky were brought to light. Also, I am a third generation Penn State alum.I have read the Investigative Grand Jury report, the Freeh report (of which the errors are too many tio name), The Critique of the Freeh Report, and most other court documents related to the Jerry Sandusky.However, the book is not just about the Jerry Sandusky scandal. It's about Joe Paterno's e [...]

    28. In full disclosure, I must say that I am a Penn State fan and have met Joe Paterno twice. I wanted to read this book just to see what it "said" about Paterno. This book was begun before the Sandusky scandal occurred and was concluded after Joe passed away. There really isn't any Earth-shattering revelation by Joe Paterno regarding the scandal in this book. So don't read it if you're in the hunt for answers about the scandal. However, Joe Posnanski (the author) was with Joe during and after the s [...]

    29. I enjoyed this book because I was always a Joe Paterno fan. The book is not a literary masterpiece by any means but it was thorough retelling Paterno's professional career. I would have like to have heard more about his family life and how his kids handled being the child of a legend. The crux of the book and narrative will continue to be the Sandusky response and whether he should have done more. As Paterno said, "in hindsight I wished I had done more." Is something we all say about any failure [...]

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