The Boys in the Boat
Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Daniel James Brown
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The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the PBS documentary “The Boys of ‘36”
For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.
It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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A magical read
Some books simply feel like a gift as they successfully transport you to a different time and into different lives. The Boys in the Boat is ones of those books - a true gift to readers. The men are memorable and the story inspiring. The writing is, without a doubt, lyrical. I am simply sad it had to end.
The Boys in the Boat
Who would have thought a book about rowing could totally engage? The story of struggle, abandonment, perseverance, and trust sweeps the reader along with the eight oar crew as they finally realize their dreams, their university's dreams, their coaches' dreams, and the dreams of their country set against the historical backdrop of the Great Depression, Stock Market Crash, Dust Bowl, the 1936 Olympic Games, and the beginnings of World War II. The reader can feel every stroke of the oars and all the sacrifice and pain of the members of the crew. Thoroughly uplifting and inspirational.
The most touching sports book I've ever read
I have read many books over my life, but this is one of the best. The author conveys an inspiring true story, tells it with immediacy, and from the standpoint of interesting and empathetic characters, I had no knowledge of their sport or accomplishments going in and was hooked on the characters from the first page. Well done.