Jim Thorpe: 20th-Century Jock (Superstar Lineup) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Jim Thorpe: 20th-Century Jock (Superstar Lineup) Paperback – March 10, 1995


See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$15.59 $2.87

"Who You Are: A Story of Second Chances"
Explore John Croyle's story of the life shaping, Kingdom transforming ministry that God used one man to begin. Learn more

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lipsyte ( The Contender ; The Brave ) kicks off his Superstar Lineup series of sports biographies with two thoughtful works. Thorpe uses the story of "perhaps the greatest all-around male athlete in American history" as a lens through which to examine the effects of racism on Native Americans, adroitly placing Jim Thorpe in the larger context of Native American history. Lipsyte is particularly good at outlining the chilling effects of the white-run government schools on Thorpe, who later had to fight against an image of himself as "a great performing animal." The same measured approach raises the Schwarzenegger book above the ordinary as well. Here Lipsyte situates Arnold among the famous strong men of history (Samson, Hercules), then places Schwarzenegger's bodybuilding fame in the context of fitness crazes of the past 150 years, skillfully synthesizing some of the important recent work in sports history and sociology. Schwarzenegger emerges warts and all, with Lipsyte touching on reports of the hero's father's Nazi sympathies, Schwarzenegger's steroid use and bullying of weaker people. Both works offer balanced portraits of memorable individuals. Photos not seen by PW . Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-Lipsyte tells the story of one of the great all-round athletes of this century. He writes in his usual fast-paced and clear style, and paints unvarnished portraits of such legendary sports figures as coach Pop Warner. Nor does he gloss over corruption of the past; for example, Thorpe was in college for about six years, doing little else than participating in sports. Most of the emphasis here is on his Native American heritage, and the controversy surrounding the loss of his Olympic gold medals for playing semi-pro baseball. However, for all the concentration on his background, readers don't gain much understanding of what kind of person Thorpe was. Partly this seems due to the fact that he was such a total jock. Sports was his life, and he wasn't one to talk a great deal about himself. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions appear throughout; they are small and of variable quality. Edward Rivinus's Jim Thorpe (Steck-Vaughn, 1990) is for a younger audience; Lipsyte offers fuller and more thoughtful coverage.
Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

"A Touch of Stardust" by Kate Alcott
Go behind the scenes of the filming of "Gone with the Wind" and the passionate romance between Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. See more

Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 1110L (What's this?)
  • Series: Superstar Lineup
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 10, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064461416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064461412
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,235,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert Lipsyte is an award-winning sportswriter for The New York Times and was the Emmy-winning host of the public affairs show The Eleventh Hour. He is the author of a number of acclaimed novels for young adults, and is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his lifetime contribution in that genre. Robert Lipsyte lives in New York.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By coln on April 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is really coooooooool!!!!!!!!! Because what he did I do think he is very special and the greatest athlete in the world
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By TUBA on January 8, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book was fantastic and very good to read. Jim Thorpe is absolutely amazing it is outstanding the things he did
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
This was a great biograpy. It was a great book about a sports ledgen. Jim thorpe is an Native American sports ledgen. He playde football, baseball, and ran track. He was a great all around athlete. In this book you will learn about his parents, family, friends, and his school days. This book was fasinating to me and it told me about how Jim Thorpe lived his life.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Wow the great olympic comittee gave him his medals back after he passed away...Another easy reading book with a wealth of information but it shows the tragic side of a sports hero spiraling out of control after his days as an athlete are done.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again