Game Over by Bill Moushey

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offers a case study in an important truth: Far better to read one well-researched volume, like this, than to wade through day after day of fragmentary, often overwrought and ultimately overwhelming media coverage
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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The shocking details chronicling how a beloved coach and esteemed university became enmeshed in one of the worst scandals in U.S. sports history

It's a scandal that began in a place called Happy Valley. But it's not as happy as it once was, as the child-sex-abuse charges against a longtime coach and the conspiracy of silence surrounding the allegations have rocked America and Division 1 college sports.

The shocking stories started to pour out after the November 6, 2011, arrest of Jerry Sandusky, a former coach under the Penn State football legend Joe Paterno. Sandusky had been Paterno's top lieutenant for thirty-two years. He was also the founder of a charity, The Second Mile, that devoted itself to helping disadvantaged youth. It turns out Paterno was told about an incident involving an underage boy showering with Sandusky in the football locker room, but reported the incident to school officials rather than the police.

The numerous boys in Sandusky's program who have come forward told a grand jury lurid stories of a sexual predator who stalked and abused them, sometimes even in the showers of Penn State's football complex. In Game Over, journalists Bill Moushey and Bob Dvorchak investigate claims of a startling cover-up within the Penn State hierarchy that attempted to protect its football legacy, quite possibly at the expense of disenfranchised children.

Game Over is filled with the shocking details of how a culture built around one deified coach with a glorious vision to have "success with honor" fails to act in the best interests of the most vulnerable. University president Graham Spanier has been consumed in this firestorm along with Joe Paterno himself in what spiraled downward into the worst scandal in the history of college sports.

 

About Bill Moushey

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Bill Moushey is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative journalist who specializes in documenting abuses of the criminal justice system. He worked with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for twenty-three years before becoming a professor in the School of Communication at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. In 1997 he won the National Press Club's Freedom of Information Award for his groundbreaking exposÉ of an out-of-control witness protection program.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by William Morrow. 224 pages
Genres: Current Affairs, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Cheree Charmello on Apr 25 2012

facts are missing... much of the testimony has not been made public. In addition, court-subpoenaed documents have not been released, thus leaving gaps in the validity of the book’s details.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Excellent
Reviewed by Steve Kettmann on Apr 30 2012

offers a case study in an important truth: Far better to read one well-researched volume, like this, than to wade through day after day of fragmentary, often overwrought and ultimately overwhelming media coverage

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CBS Pittsburgh

Excellent
Reviewed by Andy Sheehan on Apr 17 2012

It’s the first of what will be many books on this scandal, but perhaps no other will be quite as explosive, taking on people in high places and the legacy of a legend.

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Book Chase

Good
Reviewed by Sam Sattler on May 17 2012

an excellent recap of the news that starting leaking out ... in early November 2011. Those that may have come to the story a little late will find the chronology presented to be especially helpful.

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