When Pride Still Mattered

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When Pride Still Mattered

A Life of Vince Lombardi

By David Maraniss

Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780684870182, 544pp.

Publication Date: September 3, 2000

Description
In this groundbreaking biography, David Maraniss captures all of football great Vince Lombardi: the myth, the man, his game, and his God.
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.


About the Author
Born in Detroit, David Maraniss is an associate editor at "The Washington Post". Maraniss is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and bestselling author of "Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story"; "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"; "They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967"; 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.


Praise For When Pride Still Mattered

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.