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
Edward Herrmann was a great narrator and he really made the book come alive. The story is inspirational and worth every penny! Makes you proud to be an American and wish we still had pride in ourselves and country today
Inspiring, motivational, perseverance
Unbroken. The Boys in the Boat is not about world war 2, but it takes place during the same time period as Unbroken and both books are about perseverance.
He had a good voice
There were too many to count
This book made me want to be a better person.
Edward Herman brings to life the journey of 8 young men and their quest for olympic glory. I could not stop playing it and was cheering them along for every race!
this is one of the most inspiring novels that takes place in the Great Depression. Joe and his buddies were some of the strongest men with true GRIT. Everyone should read this!
Great story about men of character and resilience amidst personal struggle. Wonderfully full of history, it's written with a sincere tone and a just so voice.
This is a story that would appeal to lovers of all literary genres.
It is as good a read as I have had in my lifetime of reading. Could not put it down.
Thank you DJ Brown
I'm not into sports and I'm not into American competitive culture however this book really shook me with excitement!
I loved every moment of this story. It is a piece of history that should not be missed. The words make the moments come to life. The narration is fabulous and Edward Herrmann tells the story with such heart. I honestly want to listen to The Boys in the Boat again.
Like any story of triumph, this book will have you cheering for a group of eight boys that are a part of history. Not only as a collegiate rowing team, but USA Olympians. The Boys in the Boat truly needs to be on the BIG screen.
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