The books makes you wish you knew Paul Bryant in person for his amazing skills and strategic philosophies contributing to his shining career.
It has been more than two decades to Paul "Bear" Bryant's death but he still has an impressive and commanding presence on the sport of college football. For nearly twenty-five years at the University of Alabama, and thirteen years before that at Kentucky, Maryland and Texas, Bryant pushed his players to outshine with an amalgamation of charm and fear. He was the real reason behind winning 323 games and six national championships, which are absolutely magnificent. In this definitive biography of a rough and tough man, with a God-given gift of leadership qualities, Keith Dunnavant shows how Paul Bear Bryant survived the scandalous controversies, false statements and still be able to completely change his life from a poor deprived child to become college football's greatest coach ever. Bryant did not let the jealousy factor play any role in his life, indeed, it is a normal phenomenon that a successful and famous person becomes the victim of unnecessary criticism and taunts because of it. It seemed as if nothing could stop Bryant's on-going success. He was very determined and a dedicated person.
"It is the definitive Bear Bryant biography and the first serious attempt to portray Bryant as he really was."
-John Pruett, the Huntsville Times
The story begins with Bryant childhood and how he was so attached to football since a very early age. He belonged to a very poor and disturbed family. Football became his means of escape. It was his passion of which he couldn't get enough of it, so he decided to become a coach after college. He had a great dictatorship style of coaching. His sharp mind and clever tactics made him so famous. There is also a softer side of Bryant discussed in the book in the form of stories from his friends and family. His different stages of life as a child, teen, player, coach and a man all are discussed in detail in the book.
The book is written in a chronological manner making it easy for the readers to follow as all the stories run with each other, although his relationship with his wife and children is not talked about much. His children are only mentioned twice in the book so this probably goes to show that he did not have quite a close relationship with his family, which could be perhaps due to his entire time being consumed by football and dedication towards it.
The book tells stories about Paul Bryant's rise from a family of truck farmers to recognition as the most successful and influential coach in the game's history, or in simpler words he went from rages-to-riches. Bryant was born in tiny Moro Bottom, Arkansas in 1913 and grew up in nearby Fordyce-where his legend was born when he wrestled a live bear on the local theatre's stage. He studied at the Fordyce High School Redbugs long enough to get a football scholarship at Alabama, after which he married Mary Harmon Black.
Coach is the heroic story of an extraordinary figure, who overcame poverty and insecurity with extreme desire and steely will, reflecting the transformational power of the American experience while emerging as a symbol of hope and pride for