The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

byDaniel James Brown

Kobo ebook | June 4, 2013

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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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Heather's Review

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 u...

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Title:The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin OlympicsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 4, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly inspiring!! I loved the book, loved the fact that the under-privileged won the ultimate prize in sports and that they remained friends to the end! (audiobook version)
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