Native American Son : The first comprehensive biography of the legendary figure who redefined American sports - arguably the greatest all-around athlete the United States has ever seen. With clarity and a fine eye for detail, Kate Buford traces the defining moments of Jim Thorpe's incomparable career: leading the Carlisle Indian Industrial School football team to victories against the country's finest college teams, coached by the renowned "Pop" Warner; winning gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympics; defining the burgeoning sport of professional football; and playing long, often successful - and previously unexamined - years in professional baseball. At the same time, Buford vividly depicts the difficulties Thorpe faced as a Native American, and a Native American celebrity at that, at the beginning of the twentieth century: from the infamous loss of his Olympic medals - stripped from him because he had previously played professional baseball - to his struggles with alcoholism and personal misfortune, his advocacy for Native American rights while he chased a Hollywood career, and his distrust of the many hands extended to him. Here is the story - long overdue and brilliantly told - of a complex, iconoclastic, profoundly talented man whose life encompassed both tragic limitations and truly extraordinary achievements.
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