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Carlisle vs. Army Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner, and the Forgotten Story of Football's Greatest Battle

ISBN-10: 0812977319
ISBN-13: 9780812977318
Edition: 2008
Authors: Lars Anderson
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Description: A stunning work of narrative nonfiction,Carlisle vs. Armyrecounts 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.  More...

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

A stunning work of narrative nonfiction,Carlisle vs. Armyrecounts 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. But beyond telling the tale of this momentous event, Lars Anderson also reveals the broader social and historical context of the match, lending it his unique perspectives on sports and culture at the dawn of the twentieth century. This story begins with the infamous massacre of the Sioux 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. Foremost among those ways was the burgeoning sport of football. In 1903 came the man who would mold the Carlisle Indians into a juggernaut: Glenn “Pop” Warner, the son of a former Union Army captain. Guided by Warner, a tireless innovator and skilled manager, the Carlisle eleven barnstormed the country, using superior team speed, disciplined play, and tactical mastery to humiliate such traditional powerhouses as Harvard, Yale, Michigan, and Wisconsin–and to, along the way, lay waste American prejudices against Indians. When a troubled young Sac and Fox Indian from Oklahoma named Jim Thorpe arrived at Carlisle, Warner sensed that he was in the presence of greatness. While still in his teens, Thorpe dazzled his opponents and gained fans across the nation. In 1912 the coach and the Carlisle team could feel the national championship within their grasp. Among the obstacles in Carlisle’s path to dominance were the Cadets of Army, led by a hardnosed Kansan back named Dwight Eisenhower. In Thorpe, Eisenhower saw a legitimate target; knocking the Carlisle great out of the game would bring glory both to the Cadets and to Eisenhower. The symbolism of this matchup was lost on neither Carlisle’s footballers nor on Indians across the country who followed their exploits. 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 and, in defeating them, possibly regain a measure of lost honor. Filled with colorful period detail and fascinating insights into American history and popular culture,Carlisle vs. Armygives a thrilling, authoritative account of the events of an epic afternoon whose reverberations would be felt for generations. "Carlisle vs. Armyis about football the way thatThe Naturalis about baseball.” –Jeremy Schaap, author ofI From the Hardcover edition.

The Thrill of Possibility
Shot Like Buffalo
Pop Learns From Ma
The Trickiest Play
What an Indian Can Do
There's Just no Future in the Army
He Is Certainly a Wild Indian
A Couple of Well-Paid Amateurs
A Brutal, Savage, Murderous Sport
Beast Barracks and a Beast on the Field
A Real American If There Ever Was one
Chief Thorpe and the Huge Kansan
The Clash of Heroes
The Dead Indian and Another Wounded Knee
Epilogue: The Ghosts of Carlisle
Acknowledgments
A Note on Sources
Notes
Index

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