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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Very well done and wonderful prose to describe the journey to the 1936 Olympics. You won't be able to put the book down. You, yourself will make it a race,reading it to the end!
Loved this book! I am a former rower for UCLA varsity crew. This brought back so many memories for me; the descriptions of the art and struggle of rowing are incredibly detailed and accurate.
This is, as promised, a rousing story of perseverance and success at all odds! I recently moved to the San Juan Islands in Washington and found it wonderful to hear so much history of the Seattle and outlining areas. It was also an excellent historical account of the time and left me amazed at all I have compared to those hard times and the grit of the people to not only survive but thrive.
I enjoyed it mostly but found it a little slow at times. I understand the elegance of a well written book that doesn't have to thunder around like a giant on meth, but still found it dragging, particularly in the middle. But I buckled into the book and figured if those boys could prevail I certainly could too!
The reader was very good, his voice reminded me of my father's and so was very touching to me. (I loved my father!) The only fault I could find was that occasionally he mispronounced some of the albeit difficult names of Washington areas. Well worth the time and listen!
Author, Wake Up and Sell!
A great story juxtaposed with the rise of Hitler. To have read it at the tone the Olympics were going on was synchronistic!
This was so well narrated! Edward Herrmann did such a great job! This is a long read, but listening to the story was captivating! Twice I wanted to keep driving once I arrived at my destinations so I could continue listening to the story unfold!
Great story about some kids who had a tough start during the Depression and pulled themselves up to be Olympics champions.
Very good orator on the recording.
I recommend this book and will probably listen to it again.
If you need some inspiration, look no further. This story makes you re-evaluate the challenges you experience to realize that lost of them are inconveniences and not hardship. Also, a strong narrarator is key for my audio book enjoyment and Hermann brings out the full potential of this book.
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