105 – Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku

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David Davis is the guest on today’s show. Davis is a journalist, and the author of the new book “Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku.” It is, in fact, the first comprehensive biography of Duke Kahanamoku. A lot of has been written about Duke and there’s been a mythology that has developed around him, but in Waterman, Davis takes a very journalistic approach to researching the facts of the man himself. He provides social, political and cultural context that helps to better understand Hawai’i itself and just how astounding Duke’s accomplishments really were.

We focused this conversation on getting to know the personality of Duke. We discuss some of the adversity Duke faced, financially and racially, and we discuss some of the misconceptions the public has of Duke. 

The book will be released on October 1st, via Nebraska Press.

LINK TO PURCHASE THE BOOK

Waterman Duke

Duke Kahanamoku and Babe Ruth

Duke Kahanamoku and Babe Ruth

Duke and his brother

Duke and his brother

Fun fact from the book; Duke was an avid (and good) golfer!

Fun fact from the book; Duke was an avid (and good) golfer!

LINK TO PURCHASE THE BOOK

Link to learn more about David Davis and his past works.

www.DDavisLA.com

On Twitter @DavidDavisLA

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