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Paterno

Paterno

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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.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 416 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451657517 | 
  • August 2012
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Joe Posnanski
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Joe Posnanski

Joe Posnanski is a senior writer at the new USA TODAY venture Sports On Earth. Previously, he was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and wrote about sports for the Kansas City Star for sixteen years. In 2011 he was named National Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He is the author of four books, including The Soul of Baseball, the 2007 winner of the Casey Award as America’s best baseball book. He lives with his family in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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