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When Pride Still Mattered

A Life Of Vince Lombardi

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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

Photograph by Linda Maraniss

David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and was a finalist three other times. Among his bestselling books are biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Roberto Clemente, and Vince Lombardi, and a trilogy about the 1960s—Rome 1960Once in a Great City (winner of the RFK Book Prize); and They Marched into Sunlight (winner of the J. Anthony Lucas Prize and Pulitzer Finalist in History). 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 3, 2000)
  • Length: 544 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780684870182

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Raves and Reviews

"An astonishingly good book. . . . A triumph, a classic American biography."

– Robert W. Creamer, The Washington Post Book World

"Forges a near-perfect synthesis of fine writing and fascinating material. May be the best sports biography ever published."

– Ron Fimrite, Sports Illustrated

"A superb book, one of the best on football that we have."

– Michael Oriard, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A monumental biography."

– Michael Bauman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"A masterly biography. . . . A finely crafted, multifaceted portrait of a life driven by obsession."

– Tim Long, The Miami Herald

"Both the reach of the research and the grasp of Lombardi's character are impressive. It is a wonderful work."

– Lester Munson, Chicago Tribune

"It is simply a superb biography."

– Bill Brashler, Chicago Sun-Times

Awards and Honors

  • Frankfurt eBook Award

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