Undefeated

Undefeated

Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

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When superstar athlete Jim Thorpe and football legend Pop Warner met in 1904 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called "the team that invented football," they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools such as Harvard and the Army in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work. But this is not just an underdog story. It's an unflinching look at the persecution of Native Americans and its intersection with the beginning of one of the most beloved--and exploitative--pastimes in America, expertly told by nonfiction powerhouse Steve Sheinkin.
Publisher: New York, New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2017
ISBN: 9781596439542
1596439548
Branch Call Number: 796.33 Shei
Characteristics: 280 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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darladoodles
Feb 24, 2018

This is an amazing historical account that does not pull any punches. We see Pop Warner and Jim Thorpe as they were and the historical events taking place around them. The game of football evolved from a slugfest into the game of finesse we see today in many respects due to the genius of Warner and the athletic talents of the Carlisle Indian athletes. They were smaller and lighter than their opponents, but achieved statistics that even the elite four could not touch. The account of the Carlisle vs Army(West Point) is especially interesting with Ike and Omar Bradley being a key players on the Army team.
I highly recommend Sheinkins' books. He sheds so much light on subjects that even adults may know only a few facts about(if any).

This nonfiction book explores the history of Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. I liked how the book presented both the legends and the flaws of all the people. Sheinkin does a great job making the story interesting and exploring the lives of these people. Enjoyable and well written if if you're not a football fan.

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