The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, the inspiration for the PBS documentary The Boys of '36, broadcast to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the boys' gold medal race.
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.
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Nonfiction doesn't get any better than the boys in the boat. The story is spectacular and Edward Herrmann does a great job in narrating this incredible story, just as he as he did in narrating Unbroken.. Loved every minute of it. Read the book twice, once in paperback, and then listened to the audio. I recommend it to everybody I know. Great great book. I loved it and, like all great books, I was so sad when it was over, both times.
This was a great read of the true story of this crew. It is a long one, which at times I found overly detailed. During other times the details were welcomed such as the descriptions given during the races. Overall worth the time.
This book was so good I did not want it to end!!! The characters were so well described you felt as if they were family members. The narrator was great and made the story come alive!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! (I couldn't put it down!) The humility and pure grit of these depression-era college kids was nothing short of inspirational! Rowing is brutally hard - in the boat, mostly, not so much glory- this showed the shaping of 9 men into one crew - moving as one, subjugating one's impulses for the crew (i.e. looking to see how far ahead/behind one is) and learning to trust each other- to move as one. Also, the craftmanship of the boat maker added to the interest. ( Great narration, too!!) I love these living history sports books, wow!
The story is fabulous! Being from Seattle, it was a bit distracting hearing the reader pronounce Post Intelligencer, Alki, Puyallup, and other Seattle terms incorrectly. He pronounced Sequim correctly, which is a hard one...so kudos on that one.
Great storytelling based upon real events of University of Washington crew including their incredible finish in the 1936 Olympics. An awesome story about building the ultimate crew for the ultimate race.
when i chose this book i did so because some one had said it was a good summer read. i must say it was more than that to me. I fell in step with characters. I was enveloped by the story. The retelling of the boys story was well researched and well told. If you like a greatly encouraging, historical piece of Americana this is such a good book to get.
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