Coach : The Life of Paul "Bear" Bryant (Paperback)

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More than two decades after his death, Paul "Bear" Bryant's imposing shadow still towers over the sport of college football.
For twenty-five years at the University of Alabama, and thirteen years before that at Maryland, Kentucky, and Texas A&M, Bryant pushed his players to excel with a combination of charisma and fear, winning 323 games and six national championships.
In this definitive portrait of a rough-hewn man with an extraordinary gift for leadership, Keith Dunnavant shows how Bryant survived headline-grabbing controversies and the vagaries of a changing social landscape to become college football's greatest coach and the foremost Southern icon of his time.
"Coach is the epic story of a larger-than-life figure who overcame poverty and insecurity with intense desire and steely will, reflecting the transformational power of the American experience while emerging as a beacon of pride for Alabamians who felt defensive about their place in the world.
Praise for "Coach
"The definitive Bear Bryant biography.... The first serious attempt to portray Bryant as he really was...."
---John Pruett, "The Huntsville Times
"Bryant's story says volumes about America and that story is very ably told by Dunnavant...."
---Geoffrey Norman, "American Way "Magazine
"Balanced and intelligent."
---"Kirkus Reviews
"A masterful job."
---"The Christian Science Monitor
"Dunnavant skillfully raised my eyebrows...[in] a robust and revealing biography of college football's greatest coach."
---Paul Finebaum, "Birmingham Post-Herald
"A thoroughly captivating read."
---Larry Woody, "The (Nashville)" Tennessean
"Thanks toDunnavant, the Bear has a biography that does him justice."
---"The Sporting News


Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9780312348762
SKU 31204882
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0312348762
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.75L x 0.75T
"Balanced and intelligent, this is the first biography of the legendary University of Alabama football coach since his death early in 1983, written by a contributor to the 'Birmingham Post-Herald' who interviewed Bryant for his high school paper."
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Editors Note A profile of charismatic college football coach Paul Bryant discusses his roles as father, drill sergeant, and preacher to the young athletes he coached and explores his notable influence on American sports. Reprint.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0364
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin

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