September 14, 2022 – David Maraniss Event

Experience the new biography by David Maraniss

Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe

A riveting new biography of America’s greatest all-around athlete by bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, David Maraniss. 

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. 

Despite his colossal skills, Jim Thorpe’s life was a struggle against the odds. But for all his travails, Thorpe did not succumb. This essential work restores a legendary figure to his rightful place in history.


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David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University.  He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and was a finalist three other times.  Among his bestselling books are biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Roberto Clemente, and the legendary Vince Lombardi (When Pride Still Mattered). He and his wife Linda live in Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin, their hometown.