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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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-12-24
- Reviewer: Staff
The controversy surrounding the recently deceased, legendary Penn State football coach and his role in the cover-up of a child sex abuse case involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is the focus of Posnanski's biographyâthough the book traces Joe Paterno's entire life and career. Narrator Joe Mantegna turns in a fine performance, capturing the unique vocal mannerisms of JoePa, while steering clear of caricature. In giving voice to Paterno's wife, Sue, Mantegna evokes no-nonsense determination and loyalty. The narrator adds a fitting dose of pathos to Paterno's intimate conversations with friends and family, as the coach simultaneously battles the scandal and a fast-growing cancer. Among the other highlights is Mantegna's animated portrayal of the University of Alabama's iconic coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. A Simon & Schuster hardcover. (Aug.)