Hero Perished: The Diary and Selected Letters of Nile Kinnick

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Here is an illuminating comment on a time and an attitude that have passed. It was in 1943 that Ensign Nile Kinnick, Iowa's only Heisman Trophy winner and one of the last of a breed of American hero, died in a plane crash in the waters of the Gulf of Paria. And it is in A Hero Perished that his full story is finally told.
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Overview

Here is an illuminating comment on a time and an attitude that have passed. It was in 1943 that Ensign Nile Kinnick, Iowa's only Heisman Trophy winner and one of the last of a breed of American hero, died in a plane crash in the waters of the Gulf of Paria. And it is in A Hero Perished that his full story is finally told.
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Library Journal
Seen here are glimpses of the life of a Heisman Trophy winner (1939), politically sensitive celebrity, and budding naval flier. We follow clearly the progression of a college sports hero and honor student from confusion over his career choice to the life of a Navy pilot in training. The story ends in June 1943 with Kinnick's death in a training accident before being in combat. Baender has done an excellent editing job, providing context and notes to construct a human portrait of this scion of prominent Iowa families. For Iowa libraries and research collections in sport and American history.-- Edward Gibson, Jones Memorial Lib., Lynchburg, Va.
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Kinnick, the grandson of an Iowa governor, the son of parents who disciplined him to strive for greatness, became a Heisman Trophy winner and national celebrity through a combination of talent and circumstance. Kinnick tells his own story through his engaging letters--all but one previously unpublished--and his diary, printed in its entirety for the first time. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877453901
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 883,838
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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