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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This is one of my favourite audiobooks. History entwined with a fabulous story about a team with heart like no other.... Read beautifully this book is not to be missed!!
I loved the story, the history, the people. As a Washingtonian it was difficult to hear Edward Herrmann butcher the pronunciation of places like Alki, Puyallup, Ephrata, etc. I loved him as an actor, but he could have researched that a bit.
I'm a rower. I row both sweeps and sculls (aka crew and singles). This book best captures the emotion and physical strength needed to row. It talks a little about the technique and technical jargon of rowing, but it can be enjoyed by those who do not row. I love this book and will read/listen to it again. It had me cheering and sobbing in different chapters. What a wonderful book.
I hadn't heard of this until a well-read friend suggested it and I'm so glad she did. What a captivating, well-told story. The reader was perfect. I definitely recommend this compelling book!
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