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Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe

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The first comprehensive biography of the legendary figure who defined excellence in American sports: Jim Thorpe, arguably the greatest all-around athlete in U.S. history.

With clarity and an eye for detail, Kate Buford traces the pivotal moments of Thorpes incomparable career: growing up in the tumultuous Indian Territory of Oklahoma; leading the Carlisle Indian Industrial School football team to victories against the countrys finest college teams; winning gold medals in the 1912 Olympics pentathlon and decathlon; defining the burgeoning sport of professional football; and playing long, often successful—and previously unexamined—years in professional baseball.

At the same time, however, Buford recounts the difficulties Thorpe faced as a Native American. We also see the infamous loss of his Olympic medals, stripped from him because he had previously played professional baseball, an event that would haunt Thorpe for the rest of his life. We see his struggles with alcoholism and personal misfortune, and how he came to distrust many of the hands extended to him. We learn the details of his vigorous advocacy for Native American rights while he chased a Hollywood career, and the truth behind the supposed reinstatement of his Olympic record in 1982.

Here is the story of a complex, iconoclastic, profoundly talented man whose life encompassed both tragic limitations and truly extraordinary achievements.

About the Author

Kate Buford is the author of Burt Lancaster: An American Life. She has written for the New York Times and has been a commentator on NPRs Morning Edition and American Public Medias Marketplace.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803240896
Subtitle:
The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe
Author:
Buford, Kate
Publisher:
Bison Books
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120301
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
51 illustrations
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Biography » General
Biography » Sports
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Football » Biographies
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