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.
©2013 Daniel James Brown (P)2013 Penguin Audio
This is a great story and full of history. The book is full of lots of details ( maybe too many) but interesting nonetheless. I recommend listening to this book!
Loved this book from start to finish! A true American story and the narrative makes you want to do more in life. Not by some sage, self help mumbo -jumbo, but through brilliant illustration. This, my friends, is a must read.
Absolutely. Its a great story, regardless of whether you're interested in rowing and its brilliantly narrated by Edward Herrmann.
Yes, John Adams. This one is much more compelling story.
I've been an Audible subscriber for 12 years and dozens of audio books. This one is the best! The story is compelling and brilliantly written. The narration by Edward Herrmann is exquisite. He's the best and is at the top of game in this book.
A beautiful story of triumph of will that casts you back in time to enjoy the culture, feel pain, and celebrate the success of the eight boys on the boat. Couldn't recommend it more.
I would never have picked up this title were it not the selection for the One MD One Book program. The story was highly engaging. I knew nothing about Rowing before this book, but will look on the Row machine at the gym from now on with a much deeper respect.
Edward Herrmann's reading was inspirational. Loved every minute of the story. Brilliant telling of what sport can do for a soul and what team work can do for a country.
Fabulous read. Wonderful story. Author writes so well that even knowing what's going to happen in the Olympic finals I was on the edge of my chair fearing for their not winning the gold.
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