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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.