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The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel James Brown
non fiction
From The Jacket: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.
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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