Wonder Girl by Don Van Natta Jr.
The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias

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This is the extraordinary story of a nearly forgotten American superstar athlete.

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.
 

About Don Van Natta Jr.

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Don Van Natta is an investigative correspondent for the New York Times. He has been a member of three Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, and is the author of First off the Tee: Presidential Hackers, Duffers and Cheaters from Taft to Bush and Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
 
Published June 2, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 351 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, History. Non-fiction

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After winning a coveted spot on the 1932 Olympic team by dominating all eight events, she won two gold medals (javelin, hurdles) and a silver (high jump), setting world records, then translated her publicity into high earnings afterward, which got her barred for three years from amateur golf, the...

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While there is little analysis of Didrikson Zaharias's cultural role as a woman in the sporting world, Van Natta marvelously narrates the forgotten life of the "greatest all-around athlete of all time," a story that every American sport fan should relish.

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Star Tribune

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Van Natta's portrayal of the golf legend is full-bodied and honest, depicting a brash, outspoken athlete who never backed down, even when hit with cancer.

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Book Reporter

The byzantine rules of the United States Golf Association denied her amateur status, and no real women's professional golf tour existed.

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Los Angeles Times

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The remarkable (and remarkably unappreciated) female athlete gets her due in Don Van Natta Jr.'s biography.

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Dallas News

“Now who’s gonna finish second?” Dignified golf champ Louise Suggs, no fan of the fiercely competitive Babe, complained: “According to her, the rest of us were spear carriers.” But if some of her sister athletes found Babe’s antics hard to take, the public adored her.

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Chicago Sun Times

But none excelled in as many sports as Mildred “Babe” Didrikson, the two-sport Hall of Famer who helped found the Ladies Professional Golf Association and won more consecutive tournaments than any man or woman in U.S. golf history.

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