Who is the greatest ever American athlete: Jim Thorpe, Olympic gold medalist, New York Giant, and Pro Football Hall of Famer; or Bo Jackson, the only person named an All-Star in both baseball and football? Cast your vote following a spirited debate between David Maraniss, author of “Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe,” and Jeff Pearlman, author of “The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson.” “Boston Globe” sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy will moderate.
David Maraniss is an associate editor at “The Washington Post” and a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and was a finalist three other times. Among his bestselling books are biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Roberto Clemente, and Vince Lombardi, and a prize-winning trilogy about the 1960 including “They Marched into Sunlight,” Pulitzer Finalist in History.
Jeff Pearlman is the “New York Times” best-selling author of ten books, including “The Bad Guys Won,” “Boys Will Be Boys,” “Showtime,” and “Sweetness.” HBO adapted “Showtime,” his book on the 1980s Lakers, into a major scripted dramatic series produced and directed by Adam McKay. A former “Sports Illustrated” senior writer and ESPN.com columnist, Pearlman is also a blogger and host of the “Two Writers Slinging Yang” podcast.
Dan Shaughnessy is a sports columnist and associate editor at the “Boston Globe.” He has been named Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year and voted one of America's top ten sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors. His thirteen books include the “New York Times” bestseller “Francona; The Curse of the Bambino”; “Senior Year”; and, most recently, “Wish It Lasted Forever – Life With The Larry Bird Celtics.”
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