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|The #1 New York Times bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany 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.|
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tried to be there, now I know how they did that
This novel helped give a perspective to my experience of rowing at the University of Oregon. In 1969-70 the freshman coach was first year grad student David Thompson, who graduated the previous year from U of W and the Husky crew. The book gave me a deeper insight into the genealogy of our rowing style, the historical perspective of our beautiful cedar Pocock racing shells, and our coaches relation other rowing programs, especially California's. The book is absolutely a must read for any American oarsperson and their friends or family. They can not help but benefit learning the history it contains. I doubt it will disappoint anyone else.. Steve Calvert
Achat vérifié : Oui | État : d'occasion | Vendu par : goodwillbks
Profound true story; don't miss this one
Beautifully written account of the boatful of boys from working class towns in Washington state who went on to Olympic gold in rowing in the 1936 games in Germany. The focus on one boy in particular and the childhood hardships he had to overcome keeps our interest and personalizes the story in a compelling way. But equally engaging are descriptions of the others: the other collegiate rowers, the coaches, the gifted boat maker, the friends and family, the newscasters. The story includes insightful probings into the effects of the Depression and the Dust Bowl, the gathering clouds of war in Europe, and the political wrangling over whether to attend games in Germany at all considering what was already being reported about Hitler's regime. It contains detailed, rather fascinating explanations of the physics of rowing, the artisan craftsmanship demanded by boatbuilding, and the psychological aspects of rowing. It reports in great particulars weather conditions and transportation challenges. The author is a thorough researcher who clearly loves this remarkable, heartfelt story. This story lifts us up and lets us see that the greatest strength these boys found, after two years of punishing, dedicated physical work, was their absolute trust in each other. This trust, coupled with their humility, are what enabled them to soar. I sit in the quiet wake of this realization, inspired and grateful for having read their story.
Achat vérifié : Oui | État : d'occasion | Vendu par : dkcbooksandthings
The Boys in the Boat
My mom, 95 years old, grewup in the Pacific NW. She has read the book several times, and we keep copies around so she can give it to all her friends.
Achat vérifié : Oui | État : d'occasion | Vendu par : discover-books
A well-crafted story of inspiration
I had a family friend recommend this book to me last year, and sorry that I took so long to get into it. Remarkable and inspiring, in the vein of "Unbroken," but even more fascinating to me, with its insights into a sport I had not really thought of before. Also compelling history of America and Germany as World War II looms. Wonderful character sketches and an intricate story line that weaves continents, families and generations. Well worth the reading, and I bet you will continue thinking about the times and people long after your reading is finished.
Achat vérifié : Oui | État : d'occasion | Vendu par : alankirpalani
One of The most compelling books you’ll ever read!
This book is set in the 1930's......written so well you will feel like you lived in that era.I knew little or nothing of rowing when I began to read and soon felt like I was in the boat rowing with all my might with them! The main character, Joe Rantz has you emotionally tied in as soon as you meet him. You will also learn a history lesson as The Boys enter the ‘36 Olympics to defeat Hitlers own rowing team.....the ugly seeds of WW 11 are swirling around!! This is a book you can’t put down... I highly recommend reading it more than once.
Achat vérifié : Oui | État : d'occasion | Vendu par : magazinebest