The Boys In The Boat: Nine Americans And Their Epic Quest For Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics

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The Boys In The Boat: Nine Americans And Their Epic Quest For Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics

by Daniel James Brown
Read by Edward Herrmann

Penguin Audio | June 4, 2013 | Audio Book (CD)

The Boys In The Boat: Nine Americans And Their Epic Quest For Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
For readers of Laura Hillenbrand''s Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler''s 1936 Berlin Olympics

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.


Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 1 pages, 5.79 × 5.22 × 1.49 in

Published: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1611761697

ISBN - 13: 9781611761696

Found in: Sports and Fitness
It seems when we see an athlete in the news today, the story is as often about scandal or big salaries as it is for their achievement on the field, court, or water. Cynicism and the business of athletes have taken centre stage leaving the nobility of sport as a bit player. Enter The Boys in the Boat - a magnificent book that stands up and unabashedly says “Magic is possible, and heroes are real.” Writing in the spirit of Chariots of Fire, and wearing his heart firmly on his sleeve, Daniel James Brown has given us a magnificent chronicle of the nine boys from Seattle who captivated the world as they rowed to gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The struggle of the team is embodied in the journey of the boy in the seventh seat, Joe Rantz, a profoundly decent and indefatigable young man whose story will remind you why he and millions like him are still called the Greatest Generation. While Joe’s journey is its core, The Boys in the Boat has a much bigger tale to tell. It’s a fascinating history of rowing, a sport that was once second only to baseball in the United States. It’s the story of the dark clouds gathering over Europe in the 1930s – how Hitler, Goebbels, and Leni Riefenstahl conspired to fool a world that was all too willing to be fooled. And with beautiful, inspiring words, it’s about the poetry that comes from a team pulling together as one – the camaraderie and complete trust we might experience once in a lifetime. The Boys in the Boat is more than a tribute to the heart of sport – it is a riveting portrait of character, endurance, and optimism. I guarantee it will stir your soul.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new look at rowing. This book was given to me by my wife.  I had told her that "Heather's Pick"s were a guaranteed good read and she bought it on this advice.  She knows I love sports books and this one seemed special.  I have never viewed rowing as something especially hard or requiring a special kind of endurance.   I must now reconsider my opinions after reading this book.  There seems to be nothing that demands more determination, guts and strength than rowing at this level.  My only regret is that the coming Olympics are Winter and not Spring.  I would be watching the 8-man rowing with a new appreciation of the sport.  A must read.
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! It seems when we see an athlete in the news today, the story is as often about scandal or big salaries as it is for their achievement on the field, court, or water. Cynicism and the business of athletes have taken centre stage leaving the nobility of sport as a bit player. Enter The Boys in the Boat - a magnificent book that stands up and unabashedly says “Magic is possible, and heroes are real.” Writing in the spirit of Chariots of Fire, and wearing his heart firmly on his sleeve, Daniel James Brown has given us a magnificent chronicle of the nine boys from Seattle who captivated the world as they rowed to gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The struggle of the team is embodied in the journey of the boy in the seventh seat, Joe Rantz, a profoundly decent and indefatigable young man whose story will remind you why he and millions like him are still called the Greatest Generation. While Joe’s journey is its core, The Boys in the Boat has a much bigger tale to tell. It’s a fascinating history of rowing, a sport that was once second only to baseball in the United States. It’s the story of the dark clouds gathering over Europe in the 1930s – how Hitler, Goebbels, and Leni Riefenstahl conspired to fool a world that was all too willing to be fooled. And with beautiful, inspiring words, it’s about the poetry that comes from a team pulling together as one – the camaraderie and complete trust we might experience once in a lifetime. The Boys in the Boat is more than a tribute to the heart of sport – it is a riveting portrait of character, endurance, and optimism. I guarantee it will stir your soul.
Date published: 2013-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The boys will forever row on Anyone who knows me knows I'm not a huge non-fiction fan. If given the choice, I would almost always go for a fiction read. I passed up on the first opportunity to read "The Boys in the Boat," but after the fantastic word of mouth this book had gotten between the first and second time it was presented to me, I felt I had to push through my lack of enthusiasm and give this a try. And, boy, am I glad I did. "The Boys in the Boat," about 9 American boys who defied all odds in their quest for Olympic gold at Hitler's Olympics in 1936, is one of the best-written non-fiction book, merging sports, history, biography, and science together, that I've ever read. Let me reiterate, I don't read many non-fiction works, so when I gush over one, I can assure you how in awe I am with it. I like it when non-fiction reads like fiction, but can't take it seriously when it's written too much in a fiction narrative. For example, Katherine Boo's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" had such an engrossing and important story to tell, but the use of too much dialogue took away gravitas from the message since it gave the impression that liberties were taken when recording the events that occurred. In "The Boys in the Boat," minimal dialogue, and layers of in-depth research and references from interviews and journals, to radio broadcasts and newspaper outlets, gave the perfect balance in a non-fictional narrative with a fictional approach. Daniel James Brown also masterfully juggles the multifaceted story – the mechanics and chemistry in crew racing, the trade and art of boat building, the minds and hearts of the people powering the sport, the good and mostly bad times blanketing domestic soil, and the evil that grows and lurks on foreign grounds. As such, there is something fascinating for the reader at every turn of a page and at every line the eyes read. Furthermore, the strong sense of commitment, competition, candour, and camaraderie is evoked from the words and material, such that my cutis anserina were on active duty. Even though they have passed on, this crew has made their mark on the sports and the Olympic Games, and left a lasting legacy on what it means to be a passionate man and a spirited athlete. "The Boys in the Boat" deserves your attention, and it will definitely leave you goosebumps aplenty, tears flowing, and hearts full.
Date published: 2013-03-18

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The Boys In The Boat: Nine Americans And Their Epic Quest For Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics

by Daniel James Brown
Read by Edward Herrmann

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 1 pages, 5.79 × 5.22 × 1.49 in

Published: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1611761697

ISBN - 13: 9781611761696

About the Book

From the author of "Under a Flaming Sky" comes the dramatic story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medalNa team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.

From the Publisher

For readers of Laura Hillenbrand''s Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler''s 1936 Berlin Olympics

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.


About the Author

Daniel James Brown is the author of two previous nonfiction books, The Indifferent Stars Above and Under a Flaming Sky, which was a finalist for a Barnes & Noble Discover Award. He has taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford University. He lives outside Seattle.
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