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Jim Thorpe, Original All-American Audiobook

Jim Thorpe, Original All-American

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2007 Joseph Bruchac; (P)2007 Random House, Inc.

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    Carter Smith 12-04-16 Member Since 2014

    To Many Little Bosses

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    "Enjoyed this interesting tell of Jim's life."
    What does Joseph Bruchac bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt like Jim was telling me his story.


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    Jim didn't write this but I hope it was a somewhat accurate account of his life. He deserves a no BS re-telling of is life. His life was not all happiness but the reader and story always took an up beat mood even in the down times in his life. It is a reminder of how tough life was for him and others of his time.
    I was always interested in what was next and wish I could have listened to this in one take.

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    Al 11-03-16
    Al 11-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Felt like I was listening to Mr Thorpe"

    What a sport hero. If I had kids, this is the type of sports player I would want them to aspire to. Well told story.

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    Kenny Ranch Lakeway, TX United States 01-19-16
    Kenny Ranch Lakeway, TX United States 01-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Better then the movie"

    This story was very well told by Joseph Bruchac. He took his time on this beautiful story about a great athlete. So if you love sports like I do. Then you will love this story about the greatest athlete of all times.

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