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FRANK FITZPATRICK has been a sportswriter for The Philadelphia Inquirer for more than thirty years. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and his numerous awards include first place from the Associated Press Sports Editors in the Best News Story category. He is also the author of Pride of the Lions: The Biography of Joe Paterno, as well as And the Walls Came Tumbling Down Kentucky, Texas Western, and the Game That Changed American Sports. He lives in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

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Praise for Frank Fitzpatrick

Praise for "The Lion in Autumn"

"[Fitzpatrick is] intent on demystifying the college football coach, moving beyond the spectacle of Saturday afternoon to reveal flesh and soul and humanity." -- Buzz Bissinger, "New York Times"

"Fascinating. . . . One of the best books ever written on the rise and fall of a great college football coach." --Allen Barra, "San Francisco Chronicle"

"A rather startling success ... [Fitzpatrick] relies on his own tenacity and attention to detail with just the right amount of historical perspective." --Gene Collier, "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"

Praise for "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down"

"Brilliant." --ESPN.com "

""An admirably researched account of the barrier-shattering championship game that slam-dunked segregated college basketball. . . . Fair but devastating in its portrait of persistent prejudice, this is a landmark account of a landmark event." --"Kirkus Reviews "

Praise for "You Can't Lose 'Em All"

"A fascinating look inside team dynamics ... Afine baseball book, sure to be savored by fans for years to come." --"Booklist"


Praise for Frank Fitzpatrick

Praise for The Perfect Game

"A veteran Philadelphia sportswriter revisits the thrilling 1985 NCAA national championship basketball game... [Fitzpatrick] insightfully deconstructs the racial framework surrounding the game, the appalling bigotry aroused by Thompson's disciplined, unsmiling, walled-off Georgetown team, and he reminds us of the cultural impact of the Hoya-inspired boom in athletic merchandising and the merger of hip-hop and basketball. An unforgettable game recalled in all its glory, but with its warts remembered too." --"Kirkus"

"Fitzpatrick profiles all the key players as well as the coaches, tracks the schools' journeys to the finals, and provides an appropriately breathless account of the game, which was one of the last to be played without the three-point shot or a shot clock. Ranked as one of the greatest upsets in college basketball, the 1985 title game continues to give hope to underdogs everywhere. A very intelligent bit of basketball history." --"Booklist"

"The Villanova Wildcats' victory over the Georgetown Hoyas in the 1985 NCAA men's basketball championship remains one of the greatest surprises in sports history... Veteran sportswriter Fitzpatrick (And the Walls Came Tumbling Down) is at his best weaving the stories of the two schools and their basketball personnel." -"Publishers Weekly"

Praise for "The Lion in Autumn"

"[Fitzpatrick is] intent on demystifying the college football coach, moving beyond the spectacle of Saturday afternoon to reveal flesh and soul and humanity." -- Buzz Bissinger, "New York Times"

"Fascinating. . . . One of the best books ever written on the rise and fall of a great college football coach." --Allen Barra, "San Francisco Chronicle"

"A rather startling success ... [Fitzpatrick] relies on his own tenacity and attention to detail with just the right amount of historical perspective." --Gene Collier, "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"

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A veteran Philadelphia sportswriter revisits the thrilling 1985 NCAA national championship basketball game [Fitzpatrick] insightfully deconstructs the racial framework surrounding the game, the appalling bigotry aroused by Thompson's disciplined, unsmiling, walled-off Georgetown team, and he reminds us of the cultural impact of the Hoya-inspired boom in athletic merchandising and the merger of hip-hop and basketball. An unforgettable game recalled in all its glory, but with its warts remembered too. "Kirkus"

Fitzpatrick profiles all the key players as well as the coaches, tracks the schools' journeys to the finals, and provides an appropriately breathless account of the game, which was one of the last to be played without the three-point shot or a shot clock. Ranked as one of the greatest upsets in college basketball, the 1985 title game continues to give hope to underdogs everywhere. A very intelligent bit of basketball history. "Booklist"

The Villanova Wildcats' victory over the Georgetown Hoyas in the 1985 NCAA men's basketball championship remains one of the greatest surprises in sports history Veteran sportswriter Fitzpatrick (And the Walls Came Tumbling Down) is at his best weaving the stories of the two schools and their basketball personnel. "Publishers Weekly"

[Fitzpatrick is] intent on demystifying the college football coach, moving beyond the spectacle of Saturday afternoon to reveal flesh and soul and humanity. Buzz Bissinger on The Lion in Autumn, "New York Times"

Fascinating. . . . One of the best books ever written on the rise and fall of a great college football coach. Allen Barra on The Lion in Autumn, "San Francisco Chronicle"

A rather startling success ... [Fitzpatrick] relies on his own tenacity and attention to detail with just the right amount of historical perspective. Gene Collier on The Lion in Autumn, "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"

Brilliant. "ESPN.com on And the Walls Came Tumbling Down"

An admirably researched account of the barrier-shattering championship game that slam-dunked segregated college basketball. . . . Fair but devastating in its portrait of persistent prejudice, this is a landmark account of a landmark event. "Kirkus Reviews on And the Walls Came Tumbling Down"

A fascinating look inside team dynamics ... A fine baseball book, sure to be savored by fans for years to come. "Booklist on You Can't Lose 'Em All""


"A veteran Philadelphia sportswriter revisits the thrilling 1985 NCAA national championship basketball game... [Fitzpatrick] insightfully deconstructs the racial framework surrounding the game, the appalling bigotry aroused by Thompson's disciplined, unsmiling, walled-off Georgetown team, and he reminds us of the cultural impact of the Hoya-inspired boom in athletic merchandising and the merger of hip-hop and basketball. An unforgettable game recalled in all its glory, but with its warts remembered too." --Kirkus

"Fitzpatrick profiles all the key players as well as the coaches, tracks the schools' journeys to the finals, and provides an appropriately breathless account of the game, which was one of the last to be played without the three-point shot or a shot clock. Ranked as one of the greatest upsets in college basketball, the 1985 title game continues to give hope to underdogs everywhere. A very intelligent bit of basketball history." --Booklist

"The Villanova Wildcats' victory over the Georgetown Hoyas in the 1985 NCAA men's basketball championship remains one of the greatest surprises in sports history... Veteran sportswriter Fitzpatrick (And the Walls Came Tumbling Down) is at his best weaving the stories of the two schools and their basketball personnel." --Publishers Weekly

"[Fitzpatrick is] intent on demystifying the college football coach, moving beyond the spectacle of Saturday afternoon to reveal flesh and soul and humanity." --Buzz Bissinger on The Lion in Autumn, New York Times

"Fascinating. . . . One of the best books ever written on the rise and fall of a great college football coach." --Allen Barra on The Lion in Autumn, San Francisco Chronicle

"A rather startling success ... [Fitzpatrick] relies on his own tenacity and attention to detail with just the right amount of historical perspective." --Gene Collier on The Lion in Autumn, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Brilliant." --ESPN.com on And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

"An admirably researched account of the barrier-shattering championship game that slam-dunked segregated college basketball. . . . Fair but devastating in its portrait of persistent prejudice, this is a landmark account of a landmark event." --Kirkus Reviews on And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

"A fascinating look inside team dynamics ... A fine baseball book, sure to be savored by fans for years to come." --Booklist on You Can't Lose 'Em All

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