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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (219 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sally Jenkins Narrator: David Pittu Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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If you’d guess that Yale or Harvard ruled the college gridiron in 1911 and 1912, you’d be wrong. The most popular team belonged to an institution called the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Its story begins with Lt. Col. Richard Henry Pratt, a fierce abolitionist who believed that Native Americans deserved a place in American society. In 1879, Pratt made a treacherous journey to the Dakota Territory to recruit Carlisle’s first students.

Years later, three students approached Pratt with the notion of forming a football team. Pratt liked the idea and, in less than twenty years, the Carlisle football team was defeating their Ivy League opponents and changing the way the game was played.

The Real All Americans is about the end of a culture and the birth of a game that has thrilled Americans for generations. It is an inspiring reminder of the extraordinary things that can be achieved when we set aside our differences and embrace a common purpose.

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  • A fascinating historical account and an implicit commentary on modern sports. Wall Street Journal
  • [The Real All Americans] does a marvelous job of making a direct and intimate connection between our beloved, modern game and the unlikely team that, a century ago, helped make it what it is today. Newsweek
  • Spectacular . . . I could barely put it down. Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christopher Lee | 2/5/2014

    " If you like football, and history, this is the book for you. Fascinating, uplifting, depressing, but ultimately an insightful account of the development of a sport and a country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim Noyes | 1/23/2014

    " Great book, intriguing story, very much a history rather than sports book. Understand a lot more about this historical event. recommend this highly "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jesse | 1/18/2014

    " Fantastic Book. A true Eye Opener for any football/History fan. I have a new found respect for all the individuals in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dan | 1/6/2014

    " excellent read about the history of the Carlisle Indian Institute- its successes on the gridiron and in the education of the Native Americans- Jim Thorpe, Pop Warner and Henry Pratt, the idealistic 10th Cavalry who founded the institute are naturally featured. The controversial policies that led to its establishment are also covered, as well as a variety of events from the Wounded Knee Massacre to the 1912 Olympics are covered. Other personalities such as Teddy Roosevelt, Walter Camp, American Horse, and Dwight Eisenhower are also highlighted. "

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