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Joe Posnanski's 'Paterno' Biography No. 15 On Amazon Best-Sellers List

Paterno, the biography of former Penn St. Nittany Lions head football coach Joe Paterno written by acclaimed sportswriter Joe Posnanski, hit shelves on Tuesday and has already risen to No. 15 on's best-sellers list.

Posnanski was hired by Simon & Schuster to write (and, indeed, he did start writing) the 416-page book well in advance of the Jerry Sandusky scandal becoming public. However, Paterno's view on the scandal until his death is dealt with in the book. In a statement about the book, Posnanski said:

"My goal for the book is that people will give it a fair read as an honest and accurate portrayal so that people can decide for themselves who this man really was," Posnanski said in a statement provided to ESPN through Welsh.

ESPN reported that The Student Bookstore near Penn State sold out of the first 40 copies of "Paterno" on Tuesday.

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