The Boys in the Boat (Paperback)
Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Large Print Press, 9781594137792, 741pp.
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (6/3/2013)
Hardcover, Large Print (7/17/2013)
Hardcover, Large Print (3/8/2017)
Mass Market Paperbound (7/26/2016)
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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.