Paterno (book)

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Paterno by Joe Posnanski.jpg
Author Joe Posnanski
Language English
Subject Biography of late former Penn State Nittany Lions football coach Joe Paterno
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
August 21, 2012
Pages 416
ISBN 978-1451657494

Paterno is a 2012 biography of the Penn State football coach Joe Paterno book by sportswriter Joe Posnanski. The Paterno family granted Posnanski a great deal of access during the writing process, which included the time period of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal and Paterno's firing.[1][2][3][4][5] The book debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover non-fiction best-seller.[6]


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  2. ^ Rovell, Darren (August 21, 2012). "Paterno biography hits shelves; will it sell?". ESPN. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ Wogenrich, Mark (August 21, 2012). "Joe Paterno's life, in operatic form: New book on Penn State coaching legend's life comes to no conclusions.". The Morning Call. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ Loyd, Beth; Colleen Curry (Aug 21, 2012). "Joe Paterno 'Despised' Sandusky Long Before Sex Scandal, New Book Claims". Nightline. ABC News. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ Garner, Dwight (August 20, 2012). "The Flawed Hero of Penn State Sports: 'Paterno' by Joe Posnanski, a Biography of the Coach". New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ Rovell, Darren (August 29, 2012). "'Paterno' book to debut at No. 1". ESPN. Retrieved August 29, 2012.