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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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.
Absolutely! Facinating history about the Olympic Games in Germany in 1936 and what these college boys had to endure around the time of the Depression here in this country.
There are so many it's hard to pick just one. Perhaps it was the the feeling of abandonment as Joe watched his parents pull out of the driveway, leaving this young boy to take care of himself during such harsh economic times, or perhaps it is the euphoria these 9 boys shared when they realized that by being in sync with each other they were able to achieve what no one thought they could.
Clear and articulate with just the right amount of emotion.
Yes! I listened to this audio book while driving from NC to the Florida Keys. When I arrived at my destination I just sat in my car because I wanted... no, I NEEDED... to finish listening to the end.
I'm not a sports fan, and definitely not a rowing fan, but I found this book absolutely fascinating! Although the story centers around Joe Rantz, this author's research and portrayal of these young boys who were shaped by the economic changes in this country during the time of the Depression and the Dust Bowl, and by the simmering hostilities in Europe, was outstanding!
I have probably read thousands of books over the years but never anything like this one. I was mesmerized. I found myself sitting in my car after arriving at my destination, unable to stop listening. The combination of the story and the times in which it happened added to my enjoyment - I learned a lot. Every high school student should read this as a part of history.
this is an incredible telling of the true story of a group of simple, real, incredible Americans who worked with unrelenting passion to win the Gold Medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. the narration is well paced and satisfying. a must read.
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