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Publisher's Summary

Texas girl Babe Didrikson never tried a sport too tough and never met a hurdle too high. Despite attempts to keep women from competing, Babe achieved All-American status in basketball and won gold medals in track and field at the 1932 Olympics. Then, Babe attempted to conquer golf. One of the founders of the LPGA, Babe won more consecutive tournaments than any golfer in history.
At the height of her fame, she was diagnosed with cancer. Babe would then take her most daring step of all: go public and try to win again with the hope of inspiring the world. A rollicking saga, stretching across the first half of the 20th century, Wonder Girl is as fresh, heartfelt, and graceful as Babe herself.
©2011 Don Van Natta Jr. (P)2011 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"[Don Van Natta Jr.] spirits the reader away on this fairy-tale story with grace and humor.... Enormously inspiring." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[An] engaging biography.... a story that every American sports fan should relish." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Jesse on 01-12-15

Great bio. Bad accent

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

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By James on 10-29-17

awesome book!!!

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.

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