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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This audio book exceeded my expectations even after hearing great things about it. I couldn't wait to get in my car so I could get back in the boat with the boys. It's a story about common people achieving extraordinary results with their muscles, their minds and their hearts. It's about the individual, the team and an almost mystical alignment that created moments of perfection. The narrator is a great match for this outstanding historical experience. Enjoy.
Inspirational story. Exciting, adventurous, motivational. What a great tribute to the men of the Washington Clipper. I highly recommend this book.
Survival, courage, and endurance of human spirit through abandonment, and incredible mental and physical challenge. A Lifetime of lessons challenging our personal capabilities and the real world.
This was another remarkable story about what Tom Brokaw has coined, "The Greatest Generation". Edward Hermann's narration is always a pleasure - I will miss him as a reader of great books.
Yes, great narration, and great story.
The races! So exciting.
Again, the narration of the races is so exciting.
The story of the main character. He was the quintessential underdog, and it was so wonderful that he was so successful.
The book was recommended to me by a friend and it did meet my expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The most memorable part was how the team won the Olympics in Germany. It was also very interesting to hear what the men did with their lives after graduating from the University of Washington and how they stayed connected until their deaths.
The narrator was very good and made only one very, very small mistake. He mispronounced the name of the town of Anacortes, Washington.
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