It is also a vibrant football story, abundant with accounts of Lombardi's thrilling life in that world, from his playing days with the Seven Blocks of Granite at Fordham in the 1930s to the glory of coaching the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s. It is also a study of national myths, tracing what Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Maraniss calls the fallacy of the innocent past, and an absorbing account of the mythmakers from Grantland Rice to Howard Cosell who shaped Lombardi's image.
By the time he died of cancer in 1970, after one season in Washington during which he transformed the Redskins into winners, Lombardi had become a mythic character who transcended sport, and his legend has only grown in the decades since. In When Pride Still Mattered, Maraniss renders Lombardi as flawed and driven yet ultimately misunderstood, a heroic figure who was more complex and authentic than the stereotypical images of him propounded by admirers and critics.
Using the same meticulous reporting and sweeping narrative style that he employed in First in His Class, his classic biography of Bill Clinton, Maraniss separates myth from reality and wondrously recaptures Vince Lombardi's life and times.
©1999 by David Maraniss, All Rights Reserved; (P)1999 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
The biography is well written and the narrator does a nice job, but listening to sound quality level 2 is rather trying to the ears after a while. I probably won't buy any more audio books compressed to sound quality 2.
Growing up with the Packers and living in the shadow of Lambeau Field made this a must read. The story filled in many of the holes in my understanding of the Lombardi years. I had to work to accept the dry reading of the text. Worth every penny.
I like Biographies about people from the back pages. Not much on Political Bios -- all the same to me with a few exceptions.
Great writer but poor speaker / reader.
This is not written like a sport's writer; very dry.
Saying all that - lots of insight into Lombardi the man versus Coach. If that is what you want book will be worth more Stars.
I haven't read the print version but I prefer the audio.
I am a first time listener.
I enjoyed hearing about the details of his personal life.
Action adventure, Mitch Rapp stores by Flynn.
Maraniss did a good job of interjecting emotions.
Very difficult, possibly LEONARDO DICAPRIO
Yes, was informative
Its a good story but I wanted to feel real pride-something was missing from the actual story
"The King of Titletown"
This is a very intersting biography of the man who lead the Green Bay Packers to the first two Super Bowl titles. The trophy now bears his name. But where did the legend begin?
This biography follows Lombardi from high school coach to Army coach and as an assistant on the coaching staff of the New York Giants and then onto Green Bay before his final year as head coach of the Washington Redskins.
On the New York Giants staff was Tom Landry who, as coach of the Dallas Cowboys, faced Lombardi and the Packers in the infamous 'Ice-Bowl' (1967 NFL Championship Game). Maraniss sets the scene so well that you can almost feel your fingertips start to freeze. It was a game that some thought would not go ahead because of the cold but the game became legendary in the history of the NFL.
Maraniss also sets the record straight concerning some of Coach Lombardi's famous quotations ~ and how that they have been taken out of context and even contradict his strong family ideals.
A great audiobook and a must for NFL fans who want to learn more about this great coach.
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