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.
©2013 Daniel James Brown (P)2013 Penguin Audio
Extraordinary tale of a selfless team of young men overcoming enormous odds to achieve great things for themselves, their nation, and their team. Well written, well read, very moving.
Difficult to compare to ANY other book I have read. For some unfathonable reason, I think of The Grapes of Wrath. I believe it is related to the impression it made on me being similar to the way I felt when I read TGOW.
E. Herrmann, other than mispronouncing many town names in Washington State, was the perfect narrator for this book. He was not too dramatic or emotional.
My extreme reaction was one of pleasure. I totally enjoyed The Boys in The Boat, from prologue to the epilogue!! The author took us from the height of the depression in the 30's to the horrific beginnings of Hitler's reign of terror.
Although we know what the eventual outcome is, I was on the edge of my seat cheering for the Washington crew every time they raced!!! Absolutely brilliant writing!!! Inspiring!!
If I was a rower I would have enjoyed the long descriptions of the practices. Not being one some parts were a bit trying. The last 1/4 of the book was very good.
Just a great human story of challenges, failures and ultimate success. Extremely well written and wonderful narration.
Plenty of excitement recounting the races. Will definitely make your heart rate go up.
What a wonderful story of 9 fine men and men who helped them become great.
I have little interest in rowing, but love history and love a good story! The Boys in the Boat is fascinating! Although I knew the essential outcome, i was nonetheless on the edge of my seat while listening to the wonderful production of the reading of this book! Highly recommend! Thankful a friend recommended it to me!
The narrator really captured my attention as he told this story. So interesting as the historical aspects of both America and Germany were woven into the story line. The story was so good, I found myself eager to stay in the car and listen.
One of the most memorable was the boys time in Germany for the Olympics and then capturing the Gold.
He brought the words to life in a manner that I might not have read in to them. Also, I was able to enjoy the book because I could listen on my commute where I don't have time to read a book like this. My wife read the book and I listened to it.
Such an outstanding story. I love the descriptions of what America was like during that time and also Germany. This is a book that our high school students should read. It tells our history in such a captivating manner. You can start to understand the emotions and lost hope behind pictures you see from the dust bowl era and depression.
I am sure I will listen again.
Report Inappropriate Content