Path Lit By Lightning

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A riveting new biography of America’s greatest all-around athlete by the bestselling author of the classic biography When Pride Still Mattered.

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, the star of the first class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and played major league baseball for John McGraw’s New York Giants. Even in a golden age of sports celebrities, he was one of a kind.

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 His gold medals were unfairly rescinded because he had played minor league baseball.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. He roamed from state to state and took bit parts in Hollywood, but even the film of his own life failed to improve his fortunes. But for all his travails, Thorpe did not succumb. The man survived, complications and all, and so did the myth.

Path Lit by Lightning is a great American story from a master biographer.


  • 021 PathLitByLightning Chapter17 Gains

    Duration: 35min
  • 022 PathLitByLightning Chapter18 Losses

    Duration: 26min
  • 023 PathLitByLightning Chapter19 Gamblers

    Duration: 25min
  • 024 PathLitByLightning Chapter20 StartToFinish

    Duration: 51min
  • 025 PathLitByLightning Chapter21 OorangIndians

    Duration: 32min
  • 026 PathLitByLightning Chapter22 Letters1

    Duration: 21min
  • 027 PathLitByLightning Chapter23 Letters2

    Duration: 22min
  • 028 PathLitByLightning Chapter24 WorldFamousIndians

    Duration: 53min
  • 029 PathLitByLightning Chapter25 PickAndShovel

    Duration: 21min
  • 030 PathLitByLightning Chapter26 AManHasToKeepHustling

    Duration: 31min
  • 031 PathLitByLightning Chapter27 AkapamataInHollywood

    Duration: 59min
  • 032 PathLitByLightning Chapter28 NeverForgotten

    Duration: 47min
  • 033 PathLitByLightning Chapter29 RoadToUtopia

    Duration: 40min
  • 034 PathLitByLightning Chapter30 Thunderbirds

    Duration: 55min
  • 035 PathLitByLightning Chapter31 HaveYouSeenTheMovie

    Duration: 53min
  • 036 PathLitByLightning Chapter32 WavingGoodBye

    Duration: 58min
  • 037 PathLitByLightning Epilogue

    Duration: 01h07min
  • 038 PathLitByLightning Close

    Duration: 01min
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