David Maraniss will be In Conversation for his New Hardcover ~ Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe

EVENT OVERVIEW: David Maraniss will be In Conversation with David Von Drehle, Editor-at-Large at The Washington Post, about David Maraniss' New Hardcover Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe on Thursday, September 08, 2022, at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Chapel, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK PATH LIT BY LIGHTNING:  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  His Gold Medals were unfairly rescinded because he had played Minor League Baseball.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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  David Maraniss is an Associate Editor at The Washington Post and a distinguished Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University.  He has Won 2 Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism and was a Finalist 3 other times.  Among his Bestselling Books are Biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Roberto Clemente, and Vince Lombardi, and a trilogy about the 1960s, Rome 1960; Once in a Great City (Winner of the RFK Book Prize); and They Marched into Sunlight (Winner of the J. Anthony Lucas Prize and Pulitzer Finalist in History).

EVENT DATE & TIME:  Thursday, September 08, 2022, at 7:00 PM

EVENT LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Chapel, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.  Complimentary Parking is available in the Parking Garage immediately adjacent to Unity Temple.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $32.50 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes 1 Hardcover of Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe1 Admission Reservation, and 1 Guest Admission Reservation (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price.   


EVENT FORMAT:  David Maraniss will be In Conversation with David Von Drehle, Editor-at-Large at The Washington Post, about David Maraniss' New Hardcover Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe.  The Conversation & Presentation will last approximately 1 Hour. A Meet & Greet Booksigning will follow the Program.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all domestic orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Chapel
707 W 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

Author Autographed Hardcover of Path Lit by Lightning

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