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When Pride Still Mattered

When Pride Still Mattered

A Life Of Vince Lombardi

More than any other sports figure, Vince Lombardi transformed football into a metaphor of the American experience. The son of an Italian immigrant butcher, Lombardi toiled for twenty frustrating years as a high school coach and then as an assistant at Fordham, West Point, and the New York Giants before his big break came at age forty-six with the chance to coach a struggling team in snowbound Wisconsin. His leadership of the Green Bay Packers to five world championships in nine seasons is the most storied period in NFL history. Lombardi became a living legend, a symbol to many of leadership, discipline, perseverance, and teamwork, and to others of an obsession with winning. In When Pride Still Mattered, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss captures the myth and the man, football, God, and country in a thrilling biography destined to become an American classic.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 544 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684872902 | 
  • October 1999
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David Maraniss
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David Maraniss

Born in Detroit, David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post. Maraniss won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his reportage on Bill Clinton and was part of a Post team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy. His book on the Vietnam War, They Marched into Sunlight, was a Pulitzer finalist. He is author of First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton; Rome 1960: The Olympics that Stirred the World;Barack Obama: The Story; Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero; and When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi which was hailed by Sports Illustrated as “maybe the best sports biography ever published.” He lives in Washington, DC and Madison, Wisconsin.

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