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 story is compellingly heart warming and real. Daniel James Brown takes Joe's life story and makes it truly exciting. He makes you feel like you are there with the boys in the boat.
This book will appeal to all age groups. My husband and I listen to it with our 19-year-old son on a recent road trip and we all enjoyed it.
Feel the thrill of escaping from the Great Depression and into Olympic History in this very well written and true story of backwoods boys taking on Hitler youth.
Each rowing race is delivered with an intensity that made me feel I was in the boat.
I pictured the antagonist with full detail
One of the most well written books. Intertwines the history of the day with the story of The Boys in the Boat. Particularly riveting to listen to.
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