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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (63 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Bruchac Narrator: Joseph Bruchac Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jim Thorpe was one of the greatest athletes who ever lived. He played professional football, major league baseball, and won Olympic gold medals in track and field. But his life wasn't an easy one. Born on the Sac and Fox Reservation in 1887, he encountered much family tragedy, and was sent as a young boy to various Indian boarding schools: strict, cold institutions that didn't allow their students to hold on to their Native American languages and traditions. Jim ran away from school many times, until he found his calling at Pennsylvania's Carlisle Indian School. There, the now-legendary coach Pop Warner recognized Jim's athletic excellence and welcomed him onto the football and track teams.

Focusing on Jim Thorpe's years at Carlisle, this book brings his early athletic career, and especially his college football days, to life, while also dispelling some myths about him and movingly depicting the Native American experience at the turn of the 20th century. This is a book for history buffs as well as sports fans: an illuminating and lively listen about a truly great American.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meredith | 10/18/2013

    " I had to read this for school and not being a sports fan I thought I'd hate it, but ended up really enjoying it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donnie | 2/23/2013

    " i like this book so far, its good because it talks about the games he played in, how he played, and what happens on the trips to the games "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dalton | 1/8/2013

    " This book was one of the best biographies i have ever read. It went through his entire life form when he was born to when he died and ti was very detailed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tobias | 3/13/2012

    " I thought the book was exceptional. I thought the experiences could have been more directed to his school, but hey, I don't mind reading about sports!!:) "

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