The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, now in a premium mass market edition. Available just in time for The 80th anniversary of the boys’ gold medal win as well as the 8/2 broadcast of the PBS /American Experience documentary, The Boys of ’36. and... show more
The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, now in a premium mass market edition. Available just in time for The 80th anniversary of the boys’ gold medal win as well as the 8/2 broadcast of the PBS /American Experience documentary, The Boys of ’36. and the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics.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.
Publish date: 2016-07-26
Publisher: Penguin Books , London
Pages no: 560
Edition language: English
For many years my gold standard for non-fiction has been Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. Although The Boys in the Boat does not have the same life or death drama, I found it just as well written and just as compelling. It is certainly one of the best non-fiction books I have read in recent years. ...
An extremely readable nonfiction book. Also, full of vivid imagery that I could definitely see making an excellent sports movie one day.
This follows the 9 American boys who won Olympic gold in rowing in Berlin in 1936. None of them were raised in privileged homes. They were blue collar boys growing up during the Depression trying to find a better life through education at the University of Washington. They rowed and beat the best in...
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown is a nonfiction book that relates history in a beautifully readable narrative. Through the personal story of one young man, this book covers the global story of the years leading up t...
If you think a non-fiction book about rowing, will be boring, think again. Written and read exceptionally well, this is a compelling true tale. The history of boat building, rowing and shells, heroism and hardship makes for a brilliant reading experience. The story is written with such depth and des...