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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As soon as the story began I was sucked in. Great writing and great narrator. The intertwining of world events with the story of the boys and all else that surrounded that time was done masterfully.
You know you are a good writer (and story teller) when the audience already knows the ending because you told it to them at the beginning of the book but you still keep them on the edge of their seat with the excitement.
Got choked up during the race sections, didn't think that was possible. I liked the way the author added cross references about the great depression, Seabiscuit, James J Braddock, the rise of Nazi Germany, it definitely made it a whole and complete novel.
Narration captivating, Very inspirational; we need to recapture this devotion to Country! Keeps your interest.
I could picture every face, every scene, every character. Narrator was excellent!
The fact that this country was 'blinded' by the atrocities. Wonder if had they really known, would there ever have been an Olympics back then.
All the emotions throughout the book. Could actually feel the pain during the last race.
Want to go to Washington to see the boat now!
This should be a mandatory reading in schools!!!! Lessons for all!
Wow, one of the best books I have read. Inspiring story, beautifully told. It does a wonderful job of connecting their story with the American dream all the while, painting beautiful pictures of the American landscape.
Hands down, the most exceptional story I have ever read. This book is about the best of all of us, these men we're just amazing human beings! Don't miss this treasure, it will change your life.
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