A Hero Perished: The Diary and Selected Letters of Nile Kinnick

University of Iowa Press, 1991 - 290 páginas

"A Hero Perished" tells Nile Kinnick's story. This grandson of an Iowa governor, the son of parents who disciplined him to strive for his measure of greatness, became a Heisman Trophy winner and national celebrity through a combination of talent and circumstance. Following his college successes, Kinnick began legal study to prepare for a political career, but with the approach of war he entered the Navy Air Corps to refashion himself as a fighter pilot. Assigned to the carrier USS "Lexington" on its premier cruise, he took off in a defective planeOCoand his death shocked a nation grown almost used to tragic loss.

For the first time, Kinnick tells his own tale through his engaging lettersOCoall but one previously unpublishedOCoand his diary, printed in its entirety for the first time. The result is a human, intimate look at the true person behind the myth, revealing both his foibles and his essential principles. "A Hero Perished" also includes a definitive text of Kinnick's moving Heisman Award acceptance speech and his impassioned commencement supper address, calling on the new Iowa graduates to achieve moral courage in a time of depression and war.

An illuminating comment on a time and attitude that have passed, "A Hero Perished" is of and about a football player, but it is not a football bookOCoit is far more. This volume displays KinnickOCowho was, despite his great gifts and achievements, a vulnerable and decent young manOCoin a time of great change and peril when a phase of our culture was passing away."

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Seen here are glimpses of the life of a Heisman Trophy winner (1939), politically sensitive celebrity, and budding naval flier. We follow clearly the progression of a college sports hero and honor ... Ler crítica na íntegra


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