When Pride Still Mattered: A Life Of Vince Lombardi

When Pride Still Mattered: A Life Of Vince Lombardi

David Maraniss / Jan 24, 2020

When Pride Still Mattered A Life Of Vince Lombardi 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 fo

  • Title: When Pride Still Mattered: A Life Of Vince Lombardi
  • Author: David Maraniss
  • ISBN: 9780684870182
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 anIn 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.

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      • David Maraniss

        David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and the author of four critically acclaimed and bestselling books, When Pride Still Mattered A Life of Vince Lombardi, First in His Class A Biography of Bill Clinton, They Marched Into Sunlight War and Peace, Vietnam and America October 1967, and Clemente The Passion and Grace of Baseballs Last Hero He is also the author of The Clinton Enigma and coauthor of The Prince of Tennessee Al Gore Meets His Fate and Tell Newt to Shut Up David is a three time Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Pulitzer for national reporting in 1993 for his newspaper coverage of then presidential candidate Bill Clinton He has won several other notable awards for achievements in journalism, including the George Polk Award, the Dirksen Prize for Congressional Reporting, the ASNE Laventhol Prize for Deadline Writing, the Hancock Prize for Financial Writing, the Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Frankfort Book Prize, the Eagleton Book Prize, the Ambassador Book Prize, and Latino Book Prize.


    136 Comments

    1. Well written. Never a dull moment. I did not know half of what I learned in this book. More than just a book for a football fan.


    2. Summary: The biography of Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi, showing a man striving for excellence in, and caught in the tensions of the three priorities in his life: faith, family, and football.Growing up a Cleveland Browns fan in the 1960's, if there was any team that quenched our hopes in the Jim Brown era, it was the Green Bay Packers quarterbacked by Bart Starr, with Hornung and Taylor in the backfield. And behind it all was legendary coach Vince Lombardi, for whom the Superbo [...]


    3. Marannis is an excellent and thorough biographer. After reading When Pride Still Mattered, I came away feeling like I knew Lombardi and the arc of his life which is the goal of most biographers. I think the genius of Marannis's writing lies in a consistent narrative. Show don't tell being the adage. You might think there would be several chapters on the Packer's two Super Bowl wins. In fact there are only a few pages on these monumental achievements in an otherwise lengthy book. He treats every [...]


    4. This book made me a fan of David Maraniss.This book goes far beyond the usual biography of a sports figure. In it the reader actually comes to believe they not only personally know Vince Lombardi, but his wife, and their children, too. We know their foibles, their strengths, and their weaknesses, too. We even know that they never used the fireplace even though they lived in cold Green Bay, Wisconsin because Vince had a fear of fire from a childhood incident. It was no surprise that the author br [...]


    5. Summary:This is a book about one of the greatest football coaches ever, Vincent Lombardi. This story depicts the life of Lombardi, from growing up in New York, to coaching at West Point, and then to coaching the Green Bay Packers. Not only does this story go into Lombardi the coach but also into Lombardi the father and husband. Main Character:Vincent Lombardi, a complex man who believed "God, Family, and the Green Bay Packers, in that order".Other Interesting Information:As a life long Packers f [...]


    6. Review title: What is everything and the only thingI have now in order read biographies of the two greatest football coaches of the 20th century. I hadn't intended to, but after finishing Paterno, and with Maraniss' highly-honored biography of Lombardi on my ready-to-read shelf, I felt the pairing unavoidable and perhaps worthwhile.The similarities between the two men was sometimes striking: They came from the same place, Brooklyn, and their paths even crossed briefly, when the high school coach [...]


    7. I listened to this as an audiobook, read by the author. For anyone interested in sport (like me) it's a fascinating insight into a man who became a top coach: his upbringing, his playing career (limited as it was) and ultimately his distinguished years coaching the American Football team the Green Bay Packers. What I liked most was the anecdotes about specific games and incidents that drew out his personality (tough, driven, obsessed even) and his coaching methods (rigorous, hugely detailed, ver [...]


    8. David Maraniss is a truly gifted writer (his take on Clinton, First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton, is probably the finest biography I've ever read), and he does full justice to a football titan with this book. This is the definitive biography of Lombardi, and the only thing holding me back from a glowing 5-star rating is that Lombardi simply isn't the most fascinating subject for a 500+ page bio. He was a driven man who enjoyed phenomenal success, but even as an avid football fan I t [...]


    9. Excellent book. I had never read much about Coach Lombardi but found this to be a very well balanced and interesting account of his life. The author did not get carried away with the bigger-than-life aspect of Lombardi but gave us a good look at the man, warts and all. I am always amazed at the sacrifices great mean have to make in their lives, and those closes to them that have to sacrifice also. The lack of closeness with his son and the problems that his wife had to deal with are two examples [...]


    10. An excellent, well-written book which evokes many memories to one who grew up in the 50's/60's. A book to be enjoyed by even the casual football fan as the author provides great insight into Lombardi's life and his family as well as a real window into another era already very different from today. He shows Lombardi as a real person, the good and bad points of a man who became an icon during the 60's.


    11. This is my fourth or fifth time with this book. It is one of those books that any lover of the game of football should read at the start of the season, or listen to. David Maraniss honors the life of Vince Lombardi and is a pleasant narrator to his work. This book is like the first warm cup of soup of autumn. Take it on a drive, enjoy the leaves changing colors, and prepare for the big game on Saturday.


    12. Maraniss has written a beautifully researched and balanced biography of Vince Lombardi, a man who was much more complex than people think. It's sad to think that this was a man who was so driven to succeed, yet couldn't manage to take care of himself. Fifty-seven was way too young for him to die. The book is a long slog, but worth the time.


    13. Excellent page turner. The author brought out the significance of Lombardi’s Jesuit background and how it shaped his coaching and leadership. I learned much about the NFL during the 50's and 60's. I thoroughly loved the book.



    14. Excellent biography and a very well written book in its own right. Colorful, brilliant description of life in New York when Vince was a boy.





    15. Debunks the myth of the coaching legend and made him human. I took away a lot of football coaching advice, some things I would want to implement but others I would stay away. He had favorites, football was all-consuming and he was too egotistical. I was really surprised on how he treated his family and children versus his close friends and players. One of the most significant takeaways was his life paradoxes between fear and love and certainty vs uncertainty. The book flowed and definitely engag [...]


    16. A biography of the late, great Vince Lombardi. An excellent book that does justice to the excellence of Lombardi!. There are several tangents that probably could have been edited out but, nonetheless, this sucker is long but worth it. Maraniss not only tells Lombardi’s history, he opens a window into who Lombardi was, how he thought, his formation, and his worldview. Every football fan needs to read this!


    17. A fascinating and in-depth look into the world and personality of one of the greatest coaches and leaders of all time. This is a must read for anyone interested in leadership, self-improvement, or sports, as there are lessons in here for anyone in any walk of life. The author does a fabulous job of illustrating the emotional connections Lombardi had in his life.


    18. An insightful story among the family, relatives, and the life of Vince Lombardi. I thought that some points in the book were very interesting knowing that many people don't know what it is like to live 80 years ago. The true story of one of THE greatest coaches even known in human history. 11/10


    19. This book says to much about the changes in society, parenting, and how kids see the world based on where their expectations are set. Not just a football or Lombari book, though that is a strong suit of the book. It is substance from cover to cover.


    20. what can you say? the life of one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) NFL coach in history. what's not to like?


    21. Very well told story about one of the influential men of my early childhood. It tells of the Coach but lacked input from players, etc.


    22. It was a good, insightful book about the life of the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi. It was worth the read and I would read more books like it.



    23. When Pride Still Mattered is the story of the American family: how Vince Lombardi, the son of an immigrant Italian butcher, rose to the top, and how his character and will to win transformed him, his wife, his children, his players, his sport, and ultimately the entire country. It is also a great 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 P [...]


    24. great book. this read was more than football, this was a life lesson. strong leadership has its price, but produces results.


    25. When Pride Still Mattered is the quintessential story of the American family: how Vince Lombardi, the son of an immigrant Italian butcher, rose to the top, and how his character and will to prevail transformed him, his wife, his children, his players, his sport, and ultimately the entire country. 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 coa [...]


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