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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A magnificent story!! The author successfully blends the tale of the American struggle in the early 20th century and the unyielding spirit of a few Farm boys with historical glimpse into
I can't say enough good things about this book. It's simply marvelous.
Part history lesson, part love story, part personal achievement story, and part sports story
The narration is flawless
I loved the story of the humble and devastating background Joe came from and how rowing with these boys helped him overcome his greatest limiting fear.
The story was interesting and well written.
My only complaint was that the narrator did not correctly pronounce many of the names of Seattle area cities in the book.
Terrific book. Amazing narrator. His rich voice is perfect for this beautiful story. I cried at poignant parts and was so sad when it ended. A must listen!!
It's fixation on personal appearances made the whole thing feel shallow.
No. Once was enough, thank you.
Lent it to several people hoping someone would enjoy it. No luck.
My only criticism is that locations around Seattle are mispronounced in the book which is a bit distracting for those from here. Otherwise this book is truly wonderful!
Yes, the narrator was excellent for telling this tale. Just like listening to a 'Masterpiece Theater' quality show.
The main character. Loved hearing about his life growing up during the depression and his his life on the crew.
He brought the story to life, almost like 'watching' a movie when I was listening to this audio book. Unlike most narrators Mr Hermann didn't try to make different accents to sound old or young, to make the characters seem different. I appreciated that he just read the story in a normal voice.
Stories of the main characters childhood hardships. And in general about the hard times during the depression.
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