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James Donaldson’s Book Review Report: Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State and the Culture of Silence by Bill Moushey


What a fantastic book!

This was one of those “can’t put it down” type of books from the opening cover all the way to the end.

Author, Bill Moushey, does a fantastic job in giving us the idyllic setting of Happy Valley, PA, setting of the iconic college town of Penn State.

As a former collegiate and professional athlete myself, I am well aware of the “code of silence” (it happens in every institution be it police officers, firefighters, politics or church) that is often enacted to protect star athletes and winning coaches.  I agree that more people at Penn State knew what was going on than is acknowledged.  It happens.  This is big-time athletics with a lot of power, money, and prestige at stake.  Athletes and young people are just “pawns” in the games we play…. and that’s the shame of it all.

Athletics (especially) at the higher levels, is a very insulated and isolated world of fantasy and make-believe most of the time.

This book is very moving, and it stirred up emotions in me about how we ignore the cries of help from our young people at times.  Sandusky was found guilty and that’s good.  Paterno is no longer viewed as a Saint (and he never should have been treated as one).

Joe Paterno, was the head coach at Penn State for over 40 years, right on the verge of becoming college football’s all-time winningest coach, national championships, and the national championship trophy bearing his name. It all came crashing down after suspicions turned to eyewitness accounts of Paterno’s longtime assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky.

It was a gripping and riveting tale of Sandusky’s involvement with young children, from his nonprofit organization “The Second Mile”.

I couldn’t believe what I was reading, that something of this magnitude, could go unnoticed by the leadership of both Penn State and the Penn State athletic department.

Well, Paterno has since passed away, and Sandusky is right where he belongs, serving what turns out to be, a “life sentence” for the crimes that he committed.

Even if you’re not a sports fan, you will love this book!

There are lessons to be learned all around, but overall this is an excellent book that I highly recommend.

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