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Twelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football

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  • Posted July 19, 2010

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    Inspiring and Touching, A Glimpse into Texas and Football History

    First let me say that I'm not a big sports fan. I married one of the biggest sports fans in Texas and it's been interesting for both of us as I try to learn more about sports and my husband tries to teach me. Reading Twelve Mighty Orphans was a great history lesson for me not just in Fort Worth's history but also in the history of football. Jim Dent did an excellent job of describing the players' personal history and wrapping you in the story of their lives before the orphanage and growing up in the orphanage. I got a little lost in all the football talk, with the plays and passes and just general football language I didn't understand, but that's nothing against Mr. Dent and has everything to do with me and my lack of detailed knowledge of the sport. What I really enjoyed most was learning more about Fort Worth's history. It was very enjoyable to learn about Amon G Carter and see him as a real person. After reading the book, I also enjoyed driving around Fort Worth and looking at some of the places mentioned in the book. I've never given a second thought to them before as I drove past but now it's great to know so much history is wrapped up in this town. The book definitely gives more life to Fort Worth and the game of football. For someone who is not that knowledgeable in sports or the history of Fort Worth, Mr. Dent did an excellent job of keeping me captivated and interested in the story. I also loved reading about how Mr. Dent came to learn about the orphans and his journey through the research. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a touching story of determination as well as anyone just looking for a little glimpse into football history or Texas history.

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