Joe Posnanski's timing of the research and release of his biography of Joe Paterno was surely unfortunate, but the book will top the New York Times bestseller list in its first week of sales.
"Paterno," which Posnanski began to write before the Jerry Sandusky scandal, is the No. 1 book on the Times' hardcover non-fiction listing. There had been talk of delaying the book's release amid the scandal, but Paterno's death prompted Simon and Schuster to go on with its original plans for releasing and printing 100,000 copies of the book.
Posnanski has received criticism from some for his coverage of the late coach's controversy-filled final year, but the book also includes many previously unreleased facts and comments from Paterno with relation to the scandal and the fallout from it. The author had shied away from commenting on the project after he felt comments he made as a guest speaker at Penn State were taken out of context, but he will appear at Penn State on Sept. 14.