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Path lit by lightning : the life of Jim Thorpe / David Maraniss.

Author/creator Maraniss, David author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New York : Simon & Schuster, 2022.
Descriptionx, 659 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Abstract Publisher Annotation: Jim Thorpe rose to world fame as a mythic talent who excelled at every sport. He won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, was an All-American football player at the Carlisle Indian School, the star of the first class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and played major league baseball for John McGraw’s New York Giants. Even in a golden age of sports celebrities, he was one of a kind. But despite his colossal skills, Thorpe’s life was a struggle against the odds. As a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, he encountered duplicitous authorities who turned away from him. At Carlisle, he dealt with the racist assimilationist philosophy “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.” His gold medals were unfairly rescinded and his later life was troubled by alcohol, broken marriages, and financial distress. He took bit parts in Hollywood, but even the film of his own life failed to improve his fortunes. But for all his travails, Thorpe did not succumb. The man survived, complications and all, and so did the myth. 608pp., 150K
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 575-628) and index.
Interest age level Adult Brodart.

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