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

Author: Barra, Allen

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"Barra gets it right...he was born to write this story."--Don Keith, "Birmingham Weekly." Sportswriter Barra gives readers a look into the life of the real Bear Bryant, separates fact from fiction, and venerates the legend.


Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Mfg Part# 9780393328974
SKU 202724872
Format Paperback
ISBN10 039332897X
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.75L x 1.25T
Author Info
Allen Barra
Allen Barra has written about sports for such publications as The New York Observer, The Village Voice, and The New Yorker.
"[Barra] does all the things you would expect from a biography of a sports figure, but along the way the quality of the reporting is such that he unearths some beautiful one of the country's most thoughtful writers on the subject....[T]ruly superb is Barra's even-handed recounting that Bryant played...or...did not hastening the integration of the football program."
"Allen Barra's illuminating book, THE LAST COACH: A LIFE OF PAUL "BEAR" BRYANT explains why Alabamians felt so bereft [when Bryant died]. It also answers a question especially pertinent since Thomas Herrion, 23, a 315-pound lineman for the San Francisco 49ers, died in August of a previously undetected heart disease: Has football become grotesque?"
"THE LAST COACH is a remarkable piece of digging into, and reporting of, a magnificent life story, written at a length more commonly reserved for a Founding Father."
From the Publisher
Annotation This biography of the legendary college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant is an in-depth account that captures the man in his times. Supremely focused, Bryant never wavered from his goals of winning games and building character. Barra |tells many tales of Bryant's exploits on and off the field, including his run ins with powerful figures such as college presidents, all of whom he vanquished. College football changed a lot in Bryant's decades-long tenure as coach, as did America, especially the South. These dramatic changes figure into Barra's story, but mostly this a fan's book on college football and on a larger-than-life figure who was, it cannot be denied, the best there was.
Editors Note An all-encompassing history of the college football coach's career describes his coming of age during the Great Depression, work with such teams as Texas A&M and Alabama, numerous broken records, contributions to college football integration, and relationships with all-star players and coaches. Reprint.
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0546
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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