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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The writer of the story has done a great job. Not only was the story about the Olympics at the time of Nazi Germany but it gave a great history of some of the struggle at least based here in America. The story was very inspiring and was well told.
Vivid storytelling of triumph through adversity and how how tenacity in the ordinary opportunities of life can lead to something fascinating and meaningful.
This book is astonishing. I listened in awe. I only wish I had a slither of the inner strength these gentleman has in abundance. I salute you all.
Although I resisted the idea of reading a book about a rowing team, I am so glad my book group selected this one. It is skillfully written and pulls together a number of different threads to weave a beautiful tapestry of a story. .The performance was great!
An awe inspiring tale of the struggle to win a coveted prize. Filled with the pain, struggles and joy along the way. I couldn't help but notice that woven into the story is a real lesson for all of us. I won't tell you what it is. This type of lesson is best received if one gleans it themselves.
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