When Pride Still Mattered
A Life Of Vince Lombardi
By David Maraniss
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780684870182, 544pp.)
Publication Date: September 3, 2000
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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.
David Maraniss is the author of critically acclaimed bestselling books on Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi, Vietnam and the sixties, Roberto Clemente, and the 1960 Rome Olympics. He won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Clinton, was part of a Post team that won the 2007 Pulitzer for coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy, and has been a Pulitzer finalist three other times.
Robert W. Creamer
The Washington Post Book World
An astonishingly good book....A triumph, a classic American biography.
Ron Fimrite Sports Illustrated Forges a near-perfect synthesis of fine writing and fascinating material. May be the best sports biography ever published.
Michael Oriard The Philadelphia Inquirer A superb book, one of the best on football that we have.
Michael Bauman Milwaukee Journal Sentinel A monumental biography.
Tim Long The Miami Herald A masterly biography....A finely crafted, multifaceted portrait of a life driven by obsession.
Lester Munson Chicago Tribune Both the reach of the research and the grasp of Lombardi's character are impressive. It is a wonderful work.
Bill Brashler Chicago Sun-Times It is simply a superb biography.