HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince…
Loading...

When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi (1999)

by David Maraniss

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
437924,058 (4.22)3

None.

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 3 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 9 (next | show all)
For the longest time I wanted to know and understand the legend of Vince Lombardi. Now I'm just kicking myself for waiting so long to do so. Fascinating and extraordinary are just a couple of the adjectives that I could be listing for an endless amount of time. ( )
  capiam1234 | Aug 14, 2013 |
For the longest time I wanted to know and understand the legend of Vince Lombardi. Now I'm just kicking myself for waiting so long to do so. Fascinating and extraordinary are just a couple of the adjectives that I could be listing for an endless amount of time. ( )
  smcamp1234 | Aug 14, 2013 |
GREAT CONDITION! ( )
  leslie440 | Jan 5, 2012 |
I loved this book and I'm not even a football fan. It gave a great, short history of the game while providing terrific insights about a man that became a legend in his time. Maraniss is a great biographer.
  AnneNicholas | Jan 8, 2011 |
Even if you are not a football fan, this is biography at its best. The all-consuming drive of the man makes for a fascinating character study that never leaves you wanting. ( )
  robertmorrow | Dec 28, 2010 |
Showing 1-5 of 9 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language
Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0684870185, Paperback)

As coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967, Vince Lombardi turned perennial losers into a juggernaut, winning back-to-back NFL titles in 1961 and 1962, and Superbowls I and II in 1966 and 1967. Stern, severe, sentimental, and paternal, he stood revered, reviled, respected, and mocked--a touchstone for the '60s all in one person. Which adds up to the myth we've been left with. But who was the man? That's the question Pulitzer Prize-winner David Maraniss tackles. It begins with Lombardi's looming father, a man as colorful as his son would be conservative. Still, from his father Vince Lombardi learned a sense of presence and authority that could impress itself with just a look. If a moment can sum up and embrace a man's life--and capture the breadth of Maraniss's thoroughness--it is one that takes place off the field when the Packers organization decides to redecorate their offices in advance of the new head coach's arrival: "During an earlier visit," Maraniss reports, "he had examined the quarters--peeling walls, creaky floor, old leather chairs with holes in them, discarded newspapers and magazines piled on chairs and in the corners--and pronounced the setting unworthy of a National Football League club. 'This is a disgrace!' he had remarked." In one moment, one comment, Lombardi announced his intentions, made his vision and professionalism clear, and began to shake up a stale organization. It reveals far more about the man than wins and losses, and is the kind of moment Maraniss uses again and again in this superb resurrection of a figure who so symbolized a sporting era and sensibility. --Jeff Silverman

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:33:56 -0400)

(see all 3 descriptions)

Maraniss captures the myth and the man, football, God, and country in a thrilling biography that has become an American classic.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
6 avail.
7 wanted
3 pay6 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4.22)
0.5
1
1.5
2 1
2.5
3 8
3.5 6
4 29
4.5 6
5 27

Audible.com

Three editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 92,965,983 books! | Top bar: Always visible