The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 19 (Prebound)

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all-encompassing account of the UW crew who won gold at Hitler’s 1936 Olympics
will have you postponing the dog’s bath and putting off dinner preparations in
order to read just one more chapter. It describes the individual oarsmen,
all students from working class families who can barely afford each year’s
tuition. It explains the strategies involved in racing. It recounts
rivalries between Washington and Berkley crews and those between the East coast
elite and the upstarts from the West. As the story progresses and a trip
to the Olympics seems possible, there’s the tension of selecting the perfect
crew. And of course there’s Berlin, with Hitler and Goebbels determined to
impress the world with a seemingly utopian Germany. All in all it’s an exciting
and totally satisfying read. ~ Ann,

— Alison, Kathie, Rodie, and John

July 2013 Indie Next List

“n the early 1930's, nine young University of Washington students are part of the rowing crew striving to achieve the final pick to become the team to represent the USA at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin as Hitler brazenly builds his Third Reich. Fiercely determined by the hard times of the Great Depression, this is an emotional story of the crew and those who put their trust in them as they put their hearts into 'sculpting”
— Carol Hicks, Bookshelf At Hooligan Rocks, Truckee, CA


The "New York Times"-bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany
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." He lives outside of Seattle.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780606356725
ISBN-10: 060635672X
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: May 27th, 2014
Pages: 416
Language: English