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Sally Jenkins, bestselling co-author of It's Not About the Bike, revives a forgotten piece of history in The Real All Americans. In doing so, she has crafted a truly inspirational story about a Native American football team that is as much about football as Lance Armstrong's book was about a bike.
If you’d guess that Yale or Harvard ruled the college gridiron in 1911 and 1912, you’d be wrong. The most popular team belonged to an institution called the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Its story begins with Lt. Col. Richard Henry Pratt, a fierce abolitionist who believed that Native Americans deserved a place in American society. In 1879, Pratt made a treacherous journey to the Dakota Territory to recruit Carlisle’s first students.
Years later, three students approached Pratt with the notion of forming a football team. Pratt liked the idea, and in less than twenty years the Carlisle football team was defeating their Ivy League opponents and in the process changing the way the game was played.
Sally Jenkins gives this story of unlikely champions a breathtaking immediacy. We see the legendary Jim Thorpe kicking a winning field goal, watch an injured Dwight D. Eisenhower limping off the field, and follow the glorious rise of Coach Glenn “Pop” Warner as well as his unexpected fall from grace.
The Real All Americans is about the end of a culture and the birth of a game that has thrilled Americans for generations. It is an inspiring reminder of the extraordinary things that can be achieved when we set aside our differences and embrace a common purpose.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
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I have always been interested in the contributions of Native Americans who are responsible for much of the foods we eat today and for their brilliance in devising strategies for beating their most formidable opponents on the playing field. Today when I watch the American game of football I enjoy it more and have a true understanding of its early development and how Native Americans changed the game of football forever. 'The Real All Americans' is a must read book for anyone who loves the game of football.
The author does a very thorough job detailing the history surrounding the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania as well as tell many personal stories about the people it touched. A must read if you enjoy Native American history as well as social history. Football is used as a vehicle for the Indians at Carlisle to both assimulate with the white culture while at the same time rebel against it. Ms. Jenkins is a great writer.
This story was absolutely amazing. The writing was wonderful. I found myself totally engrossed in this story and rooting for the players. I couldn't wait to read about the next big game. The story was really well-written and wonderfully moving. My only complaint is that the Army game did not receive enough attention. I felt like part of the book was moving toward the Army game, as the climax, and then it was over with in just a few pages. If anything, this book was far too short. I would recommend this to any history or football lover, or anyone who enjoys an engaging and moving story.
I had heard about this book on ESPN radio of all places and decided to pick it up. The first half of the book is full of fascinating history about an unsettled frontier in western America. It may seem of no relevance, but this history is necessary to fully understand the signifigance and magnitude of the accomplishments of the Carlisle team. Some of the accounts are bloody and graphic, but not in an off-setting or offensive way when read within the context of this book. I read this book in less than four days and would highly recommend it as a wonderful history lesson in collegiate athletics, the history of a displaced and interrupted people -- and how the two came together to overcome overwhelming odds and change the face of college football forever. You don't have to be a college football fan to fall in love with this book and these forgotten football players from the turn of the century. Go Carlisle!