Wonder Girl by Don Van Natta Jr.


A good biography gives you information and insights into someone's life. When the life is as fascinating as that of Babe Didrikson Zaharias and the writing is clear, compelling and well researched it becomes a great biography. I didn't know much about Babe when I started the book - only that she excelled in many sports including golf. The backstory chronicles a childhood of poverty, a struggle to overcome gender barriers in sports, amazing feats of athleticism and an outsize personality that could often be abrasive and grandiose. The list of her athletic accomplishments is long and includes setting five world records in a single afternoon at the 1932 Amateur Athletic Union track and field championships, winning two gold medals and a silver medal at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, and becoming the first American woman to win the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship in 1947. By 1950 she had won every golf title available to women and become instrumental in the founding of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. The author is very successful at portraying a woman of extraordinary physical gifts and her drive to win, most especially and poignantly at the time of her battle with cancer which ended her life too soon in 1956. Check catalog for availability.

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