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Path lit by lightning : the life of Jim Thorpe  Cover Image Book Book

Path lit by lightning : the life of Jim Thorpe / David Maraniss.

Maraniss, David, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781476748412
  • ISBN: 1476748411
  • Physical Description: x, 659 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2022.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 575-628) and index.
Summary, etc.:
Jim Thorpe rose to world fame as a mythic talent who excelled at every sport. He won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, was an All-American football player at the Carlisle Indian School, in the first class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and played major league baseball for the New York Giants. But despite his colossal skills, Thorpe's life was a struggle against the odds. As a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, he encountered duplicitous authorities who turned away from him when their reputations were at risk. At Carlisle, he dealt with the racist assimilationist philosophy Kill the Indian, Save the Man. His gold medals were unfairly rescinded because he had played minor league baseball. His later life was troubled by alcohol, broken marriages, and financial distress. But for all his travails, Thorpe did not succumb. The man survived, complications and all, and so did the myth.
Subject: Thorpe, Jim, 1887-1953.
Athletes > United States > Biography.
Indian athletes > United States > Biography.
Football players > United States > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

Available copies

  • 13 of 34 copies available at Bibliomation.


  • 10 current holds with 34 total copies.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Babcock Library - Ashford B Tho (Text) 33110150607008 Adult New Material Checked out 10/11/2022
Beekley Community Library - New Hartford On Order (Text) acq1198564 Acquisitions On order -
Brookfield Library 921/THORPE (Text) 34029150692308 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 10/13/2022
C.H. Booth Library - Newtown On Order (Text) acq1197593 Acquisitions On order -
Canterbury Public Library BIO THORPE MARANISS (Text) 33190153992128 Adult New Available -
David M. Hunt Library - Falls Village B THORPE (Text) 33180148093637 Adult New Biography Checked out 09/27/2022
Derby Neck Library B THORPE (Text) 34046150751702 Adult New Biography Available -
Easton Public Library On Order (Text) acq1199153 Acquisitions On order -
Edith Wheeler Memorial Library - Monroe NEW 92 THORPE (JIM) (Text) 34026152456617 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 10/05/2022
Hagaman Memorial Library - East Haven BIO THORPE Maraniss (Text) 31953154040243 Adult New Biography Available -
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