Wednesday, September 26, 2007

What I Want to Be Reading.

It is with great regret that I have to return the below book without reading it but it looks far too interesting not to mention to you, our blog reading public for your consideration. For a football fan how can you resist a story featuring Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner - an all-time great football player, a future great soldier/President and an all-time great football coach all meeting in one gridiron battle? I will return to this book in the near future. Let me know what you think of it if you read it!

Recounts the fateful 1912 gridiron clash that pitted one of America's
finest athletes, Jim Thorpe, against the man who would become one of the
nation's greatest heroes, Dwight D. Eisenhower. The story begins with the
massacre of the Sioux by the U.S. Army at Wounded Knee in 1890, then moves to
rural Pennsylvania and the Carlisle Indian School, an institution designed to
"elevate" Indians by uprooting their youths and immersing them in the white
man's ways--including football. Guided by genius coach Glenn "Pop" Warner, the
Carlisle team stormed the country, humiliating such powerhouses as Harvard,
Yale, Michigan, and Wisconsin, and smashing American prejudices against Indians.
By 1912 the national championship was within their grasp. Then, less than a
quarter century after Wounded Knee, the Indians would confront, on the playing
field, an emblem of the very institution that had slaughtered their ancestors on
the field of battle

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