For readers of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics.
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 story would be compelling enough on its own, but Edward Hermann's as-always masterful reading makes it even more remarkable. I didn't want it to end.
The book was so well written and researched. It was especially entertaining because of the setting which is the area where I currently live. It was heart warming, suspenseful and a tear jerker that also make me want to stand up and cheer with my head phones on.
Oh yes, I would if I could. Never a slow moment.
This is a wonderful book. It is beautifully written, beautifully read, and a story for the ages. Brown has woven the story of the boys with the story of the times, and the result is rich, compelling and inspiring. I am sure I will read it again and again.
I had never heard the story but will never forget it. Beautifully written and read. Appeals to a wide audience.
A brilliant and moving story and a reminder why that era of men and women are known as the "greatest generation". Dan Brown's story is captivating and Edward Herrmann's narration is simply perfect. A "must listen".
This is a very inspiring story. Well written and narrated. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It is a must read.
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