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When Pride Still Mattered Audiobook

When Pride Still Mattered

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Publisher's Summary

More than any other sports figure, Vince Lombardi transformed football into a metaphor for the American experience. The nine seasons during which he led the Green Bay Packers to five world championships is the most storied period in NFL history. Lombardi became a legend, a symbol to many of leadership, discipline, perseverance, and teamwork, and to others of an obsession with winning. Maraniss captures the myth and the man, football, God, and country in a thrilling biography that has become an American classic.

This year, on the fortieth anniversary of Vince Lombardi’s death, the immortal coach strides onto the Broadway stage in a new American play, Lombardi, based on Maraniss’s critically acclaimed book, written by Academy Award winner Eric Simonson.

©1999 David Maraniss; 2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 05-18-12
    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "when men still mattered"

    vince lombardi was at heart an actor and a playwright
    the oldest son of southern italian immigrants
    he longed to be, but never was, a scholarly jesuit priest

    for a time he was the offensive line coach at army
    he longed to be a soldier and a leader of men in battle
    but despite being 28 y.o. in 1941 he never served in the military

    modern life seemed artificial, complicated and weak to him
    it was only on a football field that life made sense to him
    it was there that his virtues, talents and courage mattered

    some men need to be tested and know where they stand
    they look for ways to face their fears and overcome pain
    lombardi understood this better than anyone in his generation

    he game these men a stage on which to demonstrate their abilities
    he created a world and a set of rules that fit their needs and talents
    his demands to "pay the price for victory" resonated deeply with them

    all of this success came at a terrible price, of course
    his alcoholic wife remained in his fearful shadow all of her life
    his son and daughter can honestly say they never knew him

    life in post WW II america slowly quit rewarding the male virtues
    being clever, attractive, political and comfortable became significant
    lombardi would have none of it and wore his old fashioned style with pride

    this is easily the best sports biography i've ever heard or read
    the themes and scale of the story come close to an american opera
    it makes sense that people would want to bring the story to broadway


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    Jean USA 02-14-17
    Jean USA 02-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Nostalgia, football and a legend."
    Where does When Pride Still Mattered rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a very nice companion for my weekly 90 minutes highway drive to the city. I will miss it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It did a great job taking me to "feel" the 30s, 40's and the movement to the 50's and 60's with their idiosyncrasy. As the chapters occur, you can also feel how the sport change, the strategies and the men that play it. I liked the stories about the people that surrounded Lombardi, the relationship with his players, other coaches and owners. Also allows you to look into a human Lombardi; if you take judgment outside, it's a great experience. It takes you to the era of writers and radio, when the power of the pen could create a legend.


    What about Richard M. Davidson’s performance did you like?

    The way he personifies Lombardi.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's not a moment per se, but the constant love for the team, for a game that offers so much for those that are willing to pay the price. The feeling group of men (people) learning from each other, taking care of each other, growing and sharing, football and life.


    Any additional comments?

    Lombardi is the Sum of people that had a passion for the game and life. Knowledge given to those eager to learn. Each experience builded Lombardi way of coaching...and still does.

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    "excellent piece of NFL history"

    I couldn't stop listening. not only FB history but history of time and place. essential reading.

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    Hockey is Life 07-17-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great read about coach Lombardi"

    For hose that have heard things about Coach Lombardi, this goes into the details on how and in some case what drove him.

    For any coach or manager it is a good read to understand the tough driven side of Lombardi but also the side of the Lombardi family that was need to support the Coach and the Packers.

    Large book and can take time to complete but it is worth the time and effort.

    Maraniss did an excellent job in capturing the essence of Lombardi.

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    Kyle 06-11-15
    Kyle 06-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Quality text"

    Great story and reading to gain insight into Lonbardi the man. Both his upbringing as a person and a coach.

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    Jamie 01-07-15
    Jamie 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect title. When Pride Still Mattered"

    I loved hearing about the start of the different clubs and all of the football information. I thought Vince was a fantastic man.

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