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) |

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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, 5.12 × 5.51 × 1.18 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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The Boys In The Boat: Nine Americans And Their Epic Quest For Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics

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, 5.12 × 5.51 × 1.18 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.

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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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