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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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June 11th, 2015
It is a good book. it about men and boys getting a common goal. It is also about history. It is also about goals. interesting book.
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Good read
June 8th, 2015
This book was picked by my book club. It was well written. The details were great and a good back story to go with it. I learned so much about rowing, and the Berlin Olympics.
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A compelling read
January 11th, 2015
Reads like a novel but it is a slice of history where good wholesome work prevailed at a time when evil forces were gathering that would again engage the whole world in another epic war. I particularly appreciated the location, as I live in this area. One of my favorite books.
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October 16th, 2014
One of the best stories ever. It's hard to go wrong with an Olympic tale but this is at an all new high.
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September 14th, 2014
I don't follow or know anything about crew but loved the tale told in this book
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August 24th, 2014
Outstanding read...great story that needed telling
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September 3rd, 2013
Very enjoyable and inspiring!!!
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September 2nd, 2013
This book is the best I've read about true sports hero's who are just regular guys from regular but different places. It brings a person to a level where we all can relate even though we may not accomplished the very top. But came close. A true inspiring and proud story that I just happen to "stumble" across. I now have more respect, admiration, and honor for the Huskies from UW along with my beloved Huskers of UNL. Thank you.
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The Boys in the Boat
August 21st, 2013
One of the best books I've ever read. Captures the essence of being on a team.
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