The Boys in the Boat

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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.

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The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown Reviews

  • Captures the essence of Crew

    By Elder in Training
    5
    As a mediocre member of a Midwestern Crew, I remember the awe in which the west coast teams were regarded. I also remember the efforts and the agonies the sport demanded. Holding a 40 plus stroke rate was an exquisite torture.
  • Enticing, enthralling and emotive

    By beacheventer
    5
    I cannot praise this book and Edward Herrmann's reading of it enough. This tale of rowing goes so far beyond the sport to truly put the reader into the 1930s and to understand not only the time in America but to set the stage in Germany as well. I knew next to nothing about rowing prior to this book and now feel entranced by the sport. In short, this book is inspiring, educating, motivating, humbling and moving. Listen to/read it now as you won't regret it
  • Never give up

    By Ready for next project
    5
    I almost made a terrible decision after a few pages: stop reading about rowing. I'm not sure why I returned to this book after more than two months, but I'm so glad I did. This time I could not stop, reading into the early morning hours and ignoring other duties just so I could squeeze in some afternoon reading time. This book is well-written and informative, but most of all, the story is one of those powerful revelations of the human will that rises when all forces are trying to hold it down. After the tears I shed for crushed families and the cheers I raised for the Olympic rowers, I'm so glad I kept reading. I
  • Boys in the boat

    By mutz mutz
    5
    Great read, highly recommend.
  • Boys in the Boat

    By 8th Hank
    5
    One of the best books I have ever read. Would highly recommend. Well written and captivating. Lefty
  • Wonderful

    By SBonner
    5
    Thank you Randy for recommending, I love stories like this!
  • Boys in the Boat

    By Gurugh
    5
    If you like sports, history and what makes up greatest then this is a must read.
  • Awesome Book

    By ChismFink
    5
    I am in no way an avid reader or a fan of rowing. In fact, I have never even seen a rowing race, but this book was still an awesome read. The story of the team reaching Olympic glory is amazing, but the book has a lot to offer beyond just the story of the rowing crew. It gives great insight into that time period and what it was like to live in the Great Depression. It also has great sub-stories on each of that athletes, which makes you feel like you know them and paints a great picture of their lives and perspectives. Overall it is an awesome book and I will be reading it again.
  • The Boys in the Boat

    By Not red
    5
    Unbelievably well written, and a story that not only fires your heart, but touches your soul.
  • A Journey worth taking.

    By RGKahn
    5
    I have to admit that I knew very little about the sport of sculling before reading this book. I had heard it was one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet. This was proven true in the pages of this book. it is the true story of a great College and the Sculling Team of Washington State and their quest for Olympci Gold. It is also a story of how the Great Depression played a role in the lives of their crews and the people of Seatle and North Western Washington State who cheered them on. A soaring story of work and sacrifice that these students and coaches endured to reach their goal. I am forever in debt to Mr. Daniel James Brown for writing their story. It is such a inspiration to me.

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