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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listened to this on a very long road trip, and enjoyed it thoroughly. The author did a great job tying in the story of the team with the story of Joe Rantz, which makes it feel much more personal. Would definitely recommend. Narrator was great!
This was a great and inspiring story. I can't believe I hadn't heard I'd it before. The book is well written and the narrator does a great job bringing it to life.
I have read this book and now listened to to it on Audible. It is a story of triumph and tenacity. There is a lot to be learned from these amazing young men!
Enjoyable, though a little heavy on technical rowing details early on, the story of these young men's lives was well told and characters nicely developed.
The narration was excellent most of the time, but I found myself angry, even yelling at my car dashboard, each of the many times the narrator mispronounced the names of cities in Washington. For heaven's sake! Do your homework!
Not recommended. How long would it have taken the narrator to call the 10 or so cities mentioned and ask how to pronounce their respective names. I live here and had trouble deciphering his what cities he was actually trying to pronounce.
Love this narrator and the story pulls you in and it's hard to stop listening.
Just listen and don't plan much for the rest of the day!
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The book is a beautiful and moving tribute to human spirit
The epilogue is perhaps Best part of the book so I urge all to listen fully to the end
An inspiring book that embodies and anticipates World War Two. Coming of age in a very challenging age. I now understand why this is called the Greatest Generation.
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