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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I put off listening to this as I couldn't believe it would be that interesting. I WAS SO WRONG. This turned out to be one of my favorite books...and of course, with Edward Herrmann narrating it was even better. Well-written. Keeps you interested! Great way to learn about rowing....I had no idea. Wonderful book.
Daniel Brown is an artful writer and words things beautifully. The story of Joe and the boys is inspiring, touching, thrilling and leaves one feeling whole. This book will inspire you to be and do better in life. It is worth a second read.
Well told story of suffering, hardship, endurance and finding strength from your teammates and fellow man. The UW Huskies and Seattle history that all living in the PNW should know.
Reads like a movie with a sports commentator and poetic undertone throughout the whole book. You'll want to read it again to get your heart pumping, because it stays with you.
This book is well worth reading and/or listening to. Historical context is fascinating. Characters are well defined. Excellent writing. I could easily see where events were taking place in my minds eye! Well done!
This is one of the most well written and inspiring books I've ever read. Definitely on my top 10 list. An excellent blend of history and story. The boys in this book are true role models of overcoming.
I loved every moment, so well told, I loved how the story of the politics of the Olympics was woven in throughout, and the characters all came to life through the story telling.
This may be my favorite reading of the best book ever written. The story is so well written and read youll be amazed. Thanks for this one Audible.
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