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When superstar athlete Jim Thorpe and football legend Pop Warner met in 1904 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called "the team that invented football", they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools such as Harvard and Army in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work.

But this is not just an underdog story. It's an unflinching look at the persecution of Native Americans and its intersection with the beginning of one of the most beloved - and exploitative - pastimes in America, expertly told by nonfiction powerhouse Steve Sheinkin.

©2017 Steve Sheinkin (P)2017 Listening Library

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I don't even like sports.

I don't really have much to say. It was a good book, well performed. I think it should be noted that it's enjoyable even if you (like myself) don't like sports.

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Fantastic history on America's best athlete

Great story, great narration, great book. A great look on what His generation went through.

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Highly inspirational, as well as educational

I found this to be a highly inspirational story, a 'page turner', that I didn't want to pause. It was also very educational and I think should be required reading in high school, to understand this part of our U.S. History better. I am not even a football fan, but found the play-by-plays exciting and enjoyable, too. I highly recommend this book. Aside from the story, the narrator was excellent, too, and it was very easy to listen to.

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Excellent! I couldn't stop listening!

It was sad yet wonderful! The pain inflicted yet the strength and perseverance to succeed was amazing.