THE BOYS IN THE BOAT -- an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times
The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown (2014, Penguin Books; 404 pages)
This is an amazing account of the 1936 Olympic crew team from Washington that surprised the world and won gold. The author does an excellent job of developing parallel storylines describing Hitler’s Germany on the cusp of World War II and the struggles of the young men on the American team during the depression. Even though you know the outcome of the race from the start, the writing and the various threads of the story keep you interested. 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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