Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe

Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe

by Kate Buford
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Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe by Kate Buford


The first comprehensive biography of the legendary figure who defined excellence in American sports: Jim Thorpe, arguably the greatest all-around athlete in U.S. history.

With clarity and an eye for detail, Kate Buford traces the pivotal moments of Thorpe’s incomparable career: growing up in the tumultuous Indian Territory of Oklahoma; leading the Carlisle Indian Industrial School football team to victories against the country’s finest college teams; winning gold medals in the 1912 Olympics pentathlon and decathlon; defining the burgeoning sport of professional football; and playing long, often successful—and previously unexamined—years in professional baseball.

At the same time, however, Buford recounts the difficulties Thorpe faced as a Native American. We also see the infamous loss of his Olympic medals, stripped from him because he had previously played professional baseball, an event that would haunt Thorpe for the rest of his life. We see his struggles with alcoholism and personal misfortune, and how he came to distrust many of the hands extended to him. We learn the details of his vigorous advocacy for Native American rights while he chased a Hollywood career, and the truth behind the supposed reinstatement of his Olympic record in 1982.

Here is the story of a complex, iconoclastic, profoundly talented man whose life encompassed both tragic limitations and truly extraordinary achievements.

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ISBN-13: 9780803240896
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 573,546
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


Kate Buford is the author of Burt Lancaster: An American Life. She has written for the New York Times and has been a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition and American Public Media’s Marketplace.

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Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone seriously interested in Jim Thorpe. It will be THE definitive book on Mr Thorpe despite very strong previous books by Wheeler and Newcombe. Outstanding coverage of all areas of his life with excellent details. The quality of the photographs, many rarely seen, added to the value of this book. I have been a fan of Thorpe's for many years and have read all the books about him. I cannot recommend this book too highly!
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