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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Surprisingly unknown to many of us is this remarkable story of The Boys in the Boat. Well-written by Daniel James Brown, the chapters flew by, the story flowing like the lakes and rivers the boys were rowing in. It's a story of courage and overcoming huge obstacles to achieve what would seem to be impossible. Joe Rantz is a compelling character, who epitomizes what it sometimes takes to succeed. I look forward to the movie that is apparently in the making. It should be as important a movie as Unbroken, both stories of heroes, not just because of being great athletes, but because of their character.
what a great story. I have an hour long drive to work and back everyday and found myself surprised that I could have contently driven another 2 hours everyday just so I could continue listening.
La historia es bastante aburrida y predecible. Lleno de lugares comunes y se intenta dar intensidad donde realmente no hay ninguna. Pasa por encima de los temas interesantes. No me ha gustado.
This true story is amazing by itself but the way the story is told in this book and performed on audio make it unforgettable and one of the very best books I have ever read/listened to. A must read!!
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