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The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel James Brown

PBR Review I always love it when a story has it's roots in truth and this is just such a story. It's told primarily from the viewpoint of Joe Rantz, one of the nine men from The University of Washington's rowing team, competing in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. This is a real life account of overcoming obstacles and doing whatever it takes to win. The author weaves in many historical events of the time and gives the reader strong characters. Winning a gold medal is not easy; it requires hard work, dedication and team work. This book lets the reader feel what it's like to want, work for and achieve something. Very inspiring.Back.
Talking Points: There are many different levels to this story. The underdogs fighting for the Gold against Ivy League schools. The dedication and team work necessary to achieve their goal of winning an Olympic Gold Medal. This is a story of perseverance, with strong focus on one man in particular, who was impacted greatly by the depression, abandoned by his parents. It takes place on the cusp of World War II with Hitler striving to show off German superiority, in hindsight a forshadowing of things to come.
PBR Reader Comments:
Well researched book about not only the fight for the 1936 Olympic Gold Medal but also a lot of details on historical events. You don't have to be a sports person to like this book. Excellent.
by-linda 2016/12/21, 10:51 AM

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