This story of a group of young men who found themselves by losing their individual concerns in pursuit of excellence, is pure inspiration all the way. of the young men, Joe Rantz emerges as first among equals, as he stoically rises above abandonment by his father and the cruel environment of the Great Depression, to better himself through education and athletic accomplishments. The others on the crew, their coaches, their bat builder, their rivals, and the journalists who cover their experiences, all come to vivid life. So does Nazi Germany, with its sparkling Olympic façade masking the fetid atmosphere, which the world would soon see.
A wonderful book, inspiring, entertaining, and a real page-turner.
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown is a nonfiction book that relates history in a beautifully readable narrative. Through the personal story of one young man, this book covers the global story of the years leading up to World War II. I never had an interest in rowing, nor do I really have one now; but, for the 400 pages of this book, I turned into an avid fan.
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