emijeanb, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by emijeanb)
I LOVED this story! It took awhile to read, because there was so much history I didn't want to miss. I am in awe of this generation (my grandparents generation) at how hard working they are, without complaint. It was the perfect blend of a heartfelt story, with the action of sports, and history woven in between. Also, if you get a moment go onto the author's website and you can watch a video of the boys competing at the Olympics. Its amazing to see them in action!
bigtimereader, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by bigtimereader)
Wow! This is the best book I have read in a long time. And I read a lot. Daniel Brown has told a story of boys coming from diverse backgrounds coming together to win the 1936 Olympics. What truly amazed me is the amount of detail provided regarding the boys background, as well as historical background. And yet it is never overwhelming. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Lauri F, August 7, 2014 (view all comments by Lauri F)
Daniel James Brown does an EXCELLENT job of engaging the reader immediately in this story about the winners of the 1936 Olympic 8-man rowing team from the University of Washington, Seattle. He introduces you to the men and their trials through the depression, and carries you through the nail-biting experiences leading to their Olympic win. I enjoyed the walk through the historic events of the time and the description of the preparations Germany made for the Olympics, especially the deceptive tactics the Nazis were taking to create a favorable impression to the world. I was initially drawn to the book because my son is on a crew team at a university in Washington. The book was such a good read that I recommend it to everyone.
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JLS, July 7, 2014 (view all comments by JLS)
This book was a delight. It brought back memories of the bit of rowing I experienced in college, realistically described the challenges of life in the '30's for students who had little to no money, and described a very real sense of what it is actually like, training in a crew shell on a lake. I loved the way Brown described how it can be when "the boat" "swings." What an amazing high feeling! The excitement and stresses of the Berlin Olympics were also brought to life from the personal point of view of "the boys," and the author's historical research brought a broader world view to this very personal story. These "boys" and their coaches are actual American heroes I had never know about before! Wonderful book!
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Brown masterfully narrates the tale of the 1936 American Olympic rowing team and their gold medal triumph. He paints a vivid picture of the men in the boat, their world, and their sport. A fascinating glimpse into a bygone era.
by Mary Jo
by New York Times,
“For those who like adventure stories straight-up, The Boys in the Boat… is this year's closest approximation of Unbroken….It's about the University of Washington's crew team: 'Nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant.”
by Boston Globe,
“If you imagined a great regatta of books about rowing, then Brown's Boys in the Boat certainly makes the final heat….”
by The Seattle Times,
“The astonishing story of the UW's 1936 eight-oar varsity crew and its rise from obscurity to fame,…The individual stories of these young men are almost as compelling as the rise of the team itself. Brown excels at weaving those stories with the larger narrative, all culminating in the 1936 Olympic Games…A story this breathtaking demands an equally compelling author, and Brown does not disappoint. The narrative rises inexorably, with the final 50 pages blurring by with white-knuckled suspense as these all-American underdogs pull off the unimaginable.”
by Library Journal (Starred),
“Those who enjoy reading about Olympic history or amateur or collegiate sports will savor Brown's superb book.”
The New York Timesbestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany.
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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