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Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias Hardcover – Jun 2 2011

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (June 2 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316056995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316056991
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #483,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Bio June 4 2011
By Independent thinker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Wonder Girl is an incredible and wonderful biography of Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

More than a sports or golf book, Van Natta writes a compelling story of the greatest athlete of all time and shows her from every angle, warts and all, as she trail blazed through the first half of the 20th century.

Unfortunately, Babe is largely forgotten today as the super star she was back in the early half of the last century. A front line warrior for woman's rights in sports, Olympic gold medalist, founder of the LPGA, and the first celebrity to fearlessly bring cancer awareness into America's living room, Babe did it all in such a short time.

Van Natta brings all of these acomplishments and more back to the forefront for the public who have forgotten her in his new book in a compassionate, honest and reverent manner. Wonder Girl is a moving portrait of one of America's greatest daughters and a must read for all.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great book! And not just for sports fans! June 5 2011
By Kate J - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had heard of Babe Didrikson before I read the book but had no idea what an amazing athlete she was! A female Jim Thorpe. Beyond her athletic achievements, she was a fantastic character and her life was filled with both major achievements and challenges - her sporting life as well as her personal life. If she was alive today she would easily be among the most famous athletes in the world.

Any sports fan will of course love this book. But its not just for sports fan. Babe was such a character and lived such an interesting life that you don't have to be a sports fan to love this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
excellent book July 29 2011
By nationalsfan1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"Wonder Girl" is a wonderful book. It not only gives you information about Babe but about the era and the way amateur and professional athletes were treated by the sports' governing bodies. Van Natta wrote in such a way that the book didn't read like a by-the-numbers biography. I couldn't put it down and while I knew how the story ends, I was still brought to tears by Van Natta's description of Babe's last days.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wonder Girl-Babe Zaharias-GRIPPING Bio! Feb. 3 2012
By Mary Ann Tayloe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book literally draws you in. I could not put it down. The author does an remarkable job of capturing the personality of his subject. He also does an outstanding job of explaining her behavior-both the good and the not so good. Babe Zaharias was the best woman athlete and one of the all time best athletes PERIOD. She did this during a time when women were not recognized for athletic abilty and the sport of golf was in its infancy.
Her fearless determination and bold personality, coupled with her natural athletic abilty make for a very interesting and absorbing read. Babe won the Women's US Open Golf event 18 months after colon cancer surgery and a colostomy. That achievement alone is one of truly herculean proportions. At the time (1950's) cancer was considered a death sentence and in the case of colon cancer, most people simply accepted their misfortune and prepared to die. Babe put a different spin on that and as a result more people opted for surgery. Babe demonstrated that one can go on and live a productive life with a colostomy. I hope that this story is made into a movie as I did not know alot about Babe until I read this book. I do not believe that history has given her the credit and distinction that she deserves.
I have read lot of books and this is one of the best that I have come across.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Babe Dec 12 2011
By Marcy H. Bade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Book was way too long, I found myself skipping a lot of the golf tournament jargon. Very interesting personality. I enjoyed learning about Babe's life.