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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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  • 15-09-18

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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  • J.Chin
  • 04-08-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-10-19

Baconator 🍔

Narrative was good. interesting story about Jim Thorpe. good read for 🏈 fans and history buffs.

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  • Melmonie
  • 12-03-18

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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  • Lady P
  • 16-02-22

Incredible story

What a layered, multidimensional, and compelling story of the greatest athlete in American history. This is done through a historical lens that brings incredible context to football, America's illegality ("The Indian Problem"), and even America itself. A must read.

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  • 19-07-20

Excellent

Lived 20 miles from Carlisle. Heard many stories and recollections re: the Carlisle. This presentation made all that I heard come alive.

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  • harrison k. houser
  • 15-05-20

Great untold story

Jim Thorpe rubbed shoulders with many of the great American legends of the 20th century. Too bad the times he lived in did not afford him to take his rightful place among them. Only now does it become clear what his struggle was and the contributions that he and his teammates made to the modern game of football that America loves.

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  • 09-03-20

Truly Moving

A great recount of the first true American athlete. You suffer with him throughout his young life and through his adult life as he attempts to prove his worth in a land to which his people first owned, only to find themselves (in all accounts) as outcasts and enemies. Mr. Thorpe never truly felt himself as a free and equal man, even though there were no equals.

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  • Austin Alfaro
  • 25-04-19

Awesome book when it gets going!

The book is fantastic!
DISCLOSURE: First 50 minutes are slow read, but rest is AWESOME!

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  • Liz
  • 01-08-18

Excellent! I couldn't stop listening!

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