A deeply researched biography of Vince Lombardi, this New York Times best-seller from Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss was hailed by Sport magazine as the best book of the year. Destined to become a classic, When Pride Still Mattered paints a thorough and fascinating portrait of the legendary Green Bay Packers head football coach. The image of Lombardi pacing the Green Bay sidelines is indelibly etched on the minds of all football fans. Far fewer are familiar with the road he traveled to become the most recognizable figure in the history of the game. His youth as the son of a butcher, his years as a high school coach, his days as an assistant at West Point--these particulars and many more are covered with enlightening detail. Richard M. Davidson's clear, comfortable narration tells the complete story of Lombardi's life, capturing both the mythology and reality surrounding an American icon.
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"Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Clinton expert David Maraniss has written a very American story about a very American character, and you don't have to be a football fan to enjoy it. In his depiction of Coach Vince Lombardi, Maraniss demonstrates that a hero with blemishes can be more interesting than a flawless legend. Lombardi, the son on an immigrant Italian butcher, made his teams win by sheer guts and determination, and that is the theme that resonates. It is a pleasure to go back to a time when love of the game was a bigger issue than big money. Maraniss is not the best reader, but you trust him, and political junkies will particularly enjoy his presentation. M.D.B. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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