For readers of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.
The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together - a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.
Drawing on the boys' own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times - the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam's The Amateurs.
©2013 Daniel James Brown (P)2013 Penguin Audio
"Most enjoyable account of historical events, with such warm human interest for all the characters."
This book was amazing!
Great historical read that made you feel as if you were right there.
Narrator swept you along anticipating what could happen next.
The parallel between the story of the boys & the events in Germany was insurmountable.
Heartfelt appreciation for what the characters endured, not only for the crew, but their very personal stories.
If you don't get emotional throughout @ the end, then you didn't get this book.
This book is about so much more than a great rowing team. It's inspiring and moving. Themes of overcoming adversity, trusting others, and devoting yourself to a goal abound. The writing and the audiobook vocals are wonderful, had me in tears multiple times. Loved it.
Every sportsman, or couch potato, for that matter, must read. I cannot remember another book that arouse as much emotions, heart wrenches, and nail biting suspense as this book. I will recommend to everyone on planet earth.
Fantastic! Mr. Brown sure knows how to tell a story!
Edward Herrmann, with his rich voice is forever appreciated as well.
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