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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.

©2013 Daniel James Brown (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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Book that I'd recommend to my kids.

This exceptional story about nine young boys will remain with me for a very very long time. This is way beyond just being a story. Here's to the "Husky Clipper" that graced the greatest team of Oarsmen, and more importantly finest human beings.

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Loved it!

Even though it was recommended to me, I held off on reading it. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Don't wait!

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Fabulous

Loved it! Gripping story from beginning to end. Even though you know the outcome, it's a page turner.

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beautiful

great story well written and well read. it was gripping during the race trials and somber when needed

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Excellent

Well written, engaging and hard to put down book. Well worth the credit! I
very much enjoyed this book.

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terrific!

great listen easy to follow.Full of history.This is a great story for all to read

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Amazing

Such a wonderful inspiring book! Enjoyed every second of it!! Glad to see history being preserved in such a way and shared with others.

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Call it gumption or determination , a great human story

What a great story about personal perseverance, the desire to be loved and an emotional journey . You don't have to know about rowing because you will read about those points. If you have ever played sports you might understand mental anguish. Simple men, against the odds ,in a time of deep hardship that developed these boys into men ,who would compete on the world stage . I loved this story and the narration on audible .

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amazing book!!!

loved this book. so well written and well read. truly an inspiring and uplifting story.

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Fantastic book!

Amazing story, very well written. Totally worth listening to. One of the best sports stories I have listened to ever.