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Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs

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2008 non-fiction book

Other than for Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner, the accomplishments of the Carlisle Indian School football teams are largely forgotten. Although these teams were legendary in their own time, they are now virtually unknown except to the most ardent football … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Nonfiction
Author: Tom Benjey
Genre: History
Publisher: Tuxedo Press
Date Published: August 1, 2008
1 review about Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs

Probably more useful as a reference volume,

  • Dec 28, 2008
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Having read both Sally Jenkins' terrific book "The Real All Americans: The Team That Changed A Game, A People, A Nation" and Lars Anderson's "Carlisle vs. Army: Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner and the Forgotten Story of Football's Greatest Battle" I thought it might be interesting to take all of this one step further with Tom Benjey's new book entitled "Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs". In this volume, Benjey offers brief biographies of around 4 dozen members of Carlisle's legendary football teams. What I quickly discovered is that "Doctors, Lawyers and Indian Chiefs" presented altogether too much information for the casual reader. Suffice to say that this one is much more appropriate and useful as a reference volume.
I think it is fair to say that students engaged in research on the history of college and professional football or those who seek to learn more about the state of Indian affairs in this nation during this period will likely find a treasure trove of valuable information in this book. Tom Benjey certainly sheds considerable light on the origins and evolution of professional football. Prior to reading these books on the Carlisle Indian Industrial School I had no idea how influential Indians were in the evolution of the game of football. One cannot help but be impressed by the number of former Carlisle players who went on to careers as players and coaches throughout the United States. Likewise I had no idea why the Pro Football Hall of Fame was located in Canton, Ohio. And invariably readers will learn things they never knew about Pop Warner, Jim Thorpe, Gus Welch and Al Exendine to name but a few.
For me, what made this book just a bit tedious was the great detail that Benjey goes into about so many of the other players that I had never heard of or simply did not care much about. Once again, if you are doing research about any of these folks than "Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs is probably going to offer you information you will simply not find anywhere else. No one can deny that Dr. Benjey spent considerable time researching this book. Much of the source material for this book was culled from the various Carlisle Indian Industrial School publications that appeared during the school's quarter century of existence. I also found Tom Benjey's writing to be a bit choppy at times.
All in all, I commend Tom Benjey for a very worthwhile research project. I suspect that scholars will be turning to this book for decades to come. Likewise if you have an abiding interest in the fascinating story of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School then I would not discourage you from giving this book a look. But at the end of the day the strength of "Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs" really is for reference purposes and not for the general reader.

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