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 Random House Audio Publishing Group | 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.
The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the forthcoming PBS documentary “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.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 1 pages, 5.7 × 5.2 × 1.6 in

Published: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

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, 5.7 × 5.2 × 1.6 in

Published: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

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

The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the forthcoming PBS documentary “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.

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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