WONDER GIRL – The Magnificent Sporting Life of

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My husband gave me this book as a gift because it sounded interesting when he heard it reviewed on NPR. Wonder Girl tells the story of Babe Didrikson Zaharias who was a multi-sport athlete and co-founder of the LPGA. Didrickson's rise in athletics occurred during a time when professional sports had few, if any, openings for women. With her brash, confident personality, she turned many people off. In fact, I wasn't sure I liked her at first, but I think she had to behave that way to garner the attention necessary to make a profitable career out of her athletic talents. I also think her behavior is simply who she was.

Babe is an admirable woman who loved to play sports -- particularly golf. However, do not confuse this with a book about golf. I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite not being a fan of the sport because the focus was more on her triumphs and growth than about the actual game. If you enjoy reading biographies and/or about strong women in history, I strongly recommend this book. Not only is it a good story, but it is well written and intelligently told.

Category: Autobiography & Biographies, Non – Fiction, Sports

Texas girl Babe Didrikson never tried a sport too tough and never met a hurdle too high. Despite attempts to keep women from competing, Babe achieved All-American status in basketball and won gold medals in track and field at the 1932 Olympics. Then, Babe attempted to conquer golf. One of the founders of the LPGA, Babe won more consecutive tournaments than any golfer in history.

At the height of her fame, she was diagnosed with cancer. Babe would then take her most daring step of all: go public and try to win again with the hope of inspiring the world. A rollicking saga, stretching across the first half of the 20th century, Wonder Girl is as fresh, heartfelt, and graceful as Babe herself.


Wonder Girl - Part 01

Wonder Girl - Part 02

Wonder Girl - Part 03

Wonder Girl - Part 04