Thursday, May 24, 2007

Summer Reading: The Story of Carlisle's Indian Footballers

The AltTulsa team loves books and, with summer approaching, we've been scouring book reviews, bookstores and book websites in search of interesting summer reading.

One recent book that caught our attention is Sally Jenkins' new work on football and its significance at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. As history buffs may remember, Carlisle was a famous early football school, home of such famous players at Oklahoma's Jim Thorpe.

The Real All Americans: The Game that Changed a Game, a People, a Nation, published by Doubleday, recounts the story of a famous 1912 game between the Indians, led by Thorpe, and the West Point cadets, whose team included Dwight Eisenhower.

National Public Radio had an good interview with Jenkins and her book last weekend. Look for it at templates/story/story.php? storyId=10217979.

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