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The Lion In Autumn: A Season with Joe Paterno and Penn State Football
A legendary coach, a struggling team, and a storm of controversy: An award- winning sportswriter takes you inside a tumultuous season of Penn State football, in the bestselling tradition of A Season on the Brink.
In his fifty years of coaching football at Penn State, Joe Paterno has become one of the most popular figures in American sports. Only one other coach has won mo...more
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published September 8th 2005 by Gotham Books
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Jan 27, 2012 Janelle rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Penn State fans
This book took me a looong time to read (I started it when Joe was still alive) and I'm not exactly sure why. It's probably not the best Joe Paterno book out there, and certainly is obsolete in some ways. It gives a really great in-depth look at Joe's every day life. Being a Penn State parent (Beth Ann, class of '11) it was nice to read about all of the iconic State College and PSU campus images that I know so well. The book seemed rather disjointed at times, with random anecdotes thrown in here ...more
Story of Penn State Coach Joe Paterno and the ups and downs of the 2004 football season in which Penn State had a losing record. Story of Coach Paterno at the twilight of his incredible career and what he built and what he sought to rebuild. Especially interesting book to me given the success Penn State would have during the 2005 football season.
this was a pretty interesting book. but having attended penn state during this time period, most of the information wasn't anything new. However, Fitzpatrick's theory for the decline of the football program being linked to the decline of coal mining in Pennsylvania and surrounding areas is well-worth the read.