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.
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Boys in The Boat
Perhaps one of the best books I have ever read. I felt so much a part of the time and I could feel myself rowing in that boat.
Joe's Life Story
I have never written a review before but when I finished this book I knew I needed to tell everyone to read this wonderful story. I learned so much about rowing, Hitler, the depression, and many events in the 30's and 40's. The author does a great job making us feel the character of the men in the boat. I would suggest this book for anyone wanting a great story and knowledge at the same time.
So good I cried when it was over
The epilogue was very sad and I was super sad and cried this was the only book I have cried over amazing read.
- Category: Sports & Outdoors
- Published: Jun 04, 2013
- Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
- Print Length: 416 Pages
- Language: English