Regular price: $23.09
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for $23.09
Everything you'd ever want to know about babe. Well researched. I was offended my the Texas accents. It took most of the book before I could ignore it. If you can get over that it's a great book
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Incredible book. I learned a lot about this pioneering female golfer, co-founder of the LPGA and advocate for cancer awareness in the 1950's when many refused to even say the word "cancer." Oh... and she won 2 gold and 1 silver I track and field in the 1932 Olympics, and so much more.
To me --- her ethos was a blend of Mohamad Ali's ego (coupled with the ability to back up) and Jim Thorpe's multi-sport athletic abilities along with her own mix of being a 2nd generation American who grew up poor in East Texas (which meant she also had more than a bit of baggage on issues like race and class, some good some bad).
And there is the issue of sexual orientation in her life, due to the extreme homophobia of her day she was not open about it, but today it appears clear that she was bisexual, something that this book discusses to the extent possible given the scanty historic record. Still it was helpful to see how she found ways to make her life work at this difficult time in history .
She died way too young from cancer, in her 40's, but her life is one that should be remembered.
I highly recommend this book.