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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This is a triumphant story of the nobility of the hard work, perseverance, and determination of a group of boys from the Greatest Generation. Edward Herrmann was a masterful narrator. This book moved me to tears, and was well worth my time.
the reading of this book is amazing!! as a former.husly rower it brought back good memories and pride for what I was part of. this version has done justice to Washington rowers and rowers everywhere, an often forgotten sport.
I found myself drawn into the whole conquest of self, team, and sport! What a great story put in historical perspective. I will miss this great generation but am so glad that it has been saved for generations! Thanks so mjuch
You will be deeply moved by this wonderful story of personal and collective triumph. Written as beautifully as poetry and told with grace, it is easily one of the most touching books read aloud I have ever enjoyed.
bravo!!! excellent book. recommending it to one & all. what a remarkable tale of overcoming challenge to achieve a remarkable & successful life.
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