This is the story of a man named Karl Krinsky,

who in his long life was called moral and immoral,

decent and scheming, omniscient and a figurehead, hero and fraud.

A complex life cannot be reduced to a single word,

but Karl Krinsky had something bold and soaring in his

personality that attracted extremes, and seduced a nation to adulation.

That boldness compelled him to do remarkable and unprecedented things.

That boldness also led a nation to say that, at

the end, his failures destroyed whatever good he had done.

The celebration of virtue and accomplishment is wandering lost somewhere.

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Paraphrases from the biography Paterno by Joe Posnanski.

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