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The Boys in the Boat

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

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Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936. The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together—a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism. Drawing on the boys’ own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam's The Amateurs.

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The Boys in the Boat: The true story of an American team's epic journey to win gold at the 1936 Olympics
2015, Viking
Hardcover in English - A young readers adaptation
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Boys In The Boat
May 24, 2014, imusti, Pan
Cover of: The Boys in the Boat
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The Boys in the Boat
2013, Penguin Books
in English
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The boys in the boat: an epic true-life journey to the heart of Hitler's Berlin
2013, W F Howes Ltd
in English - Large print edition.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 1
Part 1 - 1899-1933
What Seasons They Have Been Through 5
Part 2 - 1934
Resiliency 81
Part 3 - 1935
The Parts That Really Matter 147
Part 4 - 1936
Touching the Divine 227
Epilogue 357
Author's Note 373
Notes 377
Index 393

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GV796 .B76 2013b

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