Path Lit By Lightning: An Evening with Author David Maraniss

Path Lit By Lightning: An Evening with Author David Maraniss

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733 North 8th Street

Milwaukee, WI 53233

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Award winning journalist David Maraniss presents his latest book, Path Lit by Lightning, a new biography of Olympic legend Jim Thorpe.

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Boswell Book Company presents the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Maraniss, author of bestselling books such as When Pride Still Mattered, for a presentation featuring his latest book, Path Lit by Lightning, a new biography of America’s greatest all-around athlete. Co-hosted by Milwaukee Public Library.

You can pre order your copy of Path Lit by Lightning now from Boswell. Please mention in the Order Comments if you’d like to pick up your copy at the event.

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. But for all his travails, Thorpe did not succumb. The man survived, complications and all, and so did the myth.

From biographer Jane Leavy, author of The Big Fella: "David Maraniss brilliantly rescues Jim Thorpe from myth and prejudice, restoring something more consequential than the Olympic medals stolen from him by small men - his humanity. This is another masterpiece from the master of biography."

David Maraniss is Associate Editor at The Washington Post, a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, and author of bestselling biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Roberto Clemente, and Vince Lombardi. His book They Marched into Sunlight was winner of the J Anthony Lucas Prize and Pulitzer Finalist in History.

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