Joe Posnanski's Paterno bio is the most talked about sports book of the year with the circumstances surrounding Paterno's firing and death completely changing the narrative. Paterno's involvement in a university cover up regarding the sexual abuses of Jerry Sandusky has brought down the legacy he built at Penn State.
The timing for Posnanski's book couldn't have been worse as he looked to write the definitive biography on the pre-Sandusky Paterno myth in a post-Sandusky world. Posnanski is a great sportswriter who was dealt a terrible hand. While there is still widespread respect for Posnanski the sportswriter, reviews have called the book "largely sympathetic" (New York Times), "disjointed at best and apologetic at worst" (Sherman Report), and "at war with itself" (Deadspin). Also, Posnanski sees "gray where there is only black" (Wall Street Journal).no comments