Years later, three students approached Pratt with the notion of forming a football team. Pratt liked the idea, and in less than 20 years the Carlisle football team was defeating their Ivy League opponents and in the process 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.
©2007 Sally Jenkins; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"The most fascinating piece of sports history ever written!" (Lance Armstrong)
"This is historical sports-writing at its finest. Populated with all-stars like Jim Thorpe and Dwight Eisenhower but also with many captivating lesser-knowns, The Real All Americans brings a single historic game to life on the page, and in doing so captures a brutal clash of cultures still raw from the frontier. Sally Jenkins' stirring narrative belongs on a shelf with Seabiscuit and The Greatest Game Ever Played". (Hampton Sides)
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This weaves two wonderful stories together. There is the poignant tale of the dissolution of Native American Indian culture at the end of the nineteenth century. And there is the remarkable story of how the modern game of American Football developed during this same period of history. I had no idea how closely these stories were intertwined. Filled with remarkable strong characters and vivid detail and read beautifully you are transported back to a fascinating time in American history where you can almost smell the sweat, mud, and blood from the battlefield and football field.
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It was read like a text book.
It jumped all over and between people and historical events and the transitions were not smooth.
I felt as though I was being read a text book.
Great storytelling of a forgotten piece of history. So many conflicts, so much striving for resolution. A truly great listen.
I loved the story, it was good to see the historical aspect of Carlisle and hear some positive aspects of the facility.
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