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The Boys in the Boat

av Daniel James Brown

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This is the remarkable story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal. 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.… (mer)
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    Obruten. En sann berättelse från andra världskriget av Laura Hillenbrand (terran)
    terran: Both books deal with participants in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin and with personal stories of individuals growing up in that time period. Both are incredible true stories that read like fiction.
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    Bucking the Sun av Ivan Doig (terran)
    terran: Even though Doig's book is fiction, it deals with people struggling to make a living during the Great Depression. Both books deal with the construction of massive public works that employed thousands. (Hoover Dam and Fort Peck Dam)
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Ok, I am a softie. I am driving to work a couple of mornings ago, listening to the last 25 minutes of the The Boys in the Boat. Tears rolling down my cheeks. Grabbing tissues to stem the flow. The big problem is I was driving through a snowstorm, and the tears were hindering my driving ability. I had to stop listening, but upon arriving at work, I sat in the parking lot and finished the story. This was a common occurrence with this book. Not the crying, but the need to continue listening because I was unable to walk away from the story at that point. I spent time in my garage and in the parking lot of a coffee shop. There were simply times in the story I could not leave it and go back to the mainstream of my life.

Daniel James Brown did an admirable job of placing the story in context: the Great Depression, The Dust Bowl, Hitler’s rise and the dispute about America’s participation in the 1936 Olympics, without detracting from the flow of the story. He also gave us the detail of Joe Rantz’s life, leading up to and throughout Joe’s crewing days at the University of Washington. If he had tried to focus equally on all of the boys, the story would not have been nearly as rich and layered. And we get the art and wisdom of George Pocock, of whom without this book I would have never learned.

I listened to Edward Herrmann read this story. There have been times when I have felt I lost nothing by listening to a story, rather than reading it myself. This is the first time I can say that listening was better than reading, and I am very pleased I did not miss out on the experience.
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  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
Nonfiction account of the American rowing team in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Another mind-boggling tale of triumph by the Greatest Generation, this story is mostly told through the experience of Joe Rantz, a member of the team that the author came to know just before his death at age 93. The team was from Washington University -- a historic first in its own right, since the East Coast Ivies and then California had a lock on the sport prior to the 30s. But how the team of 9 men came together from disparate backgrounds -- all impacted by the Great Depression and then worked together to become a winning team is nothing short of miraculous. Like other tales from this era -- Seabiscuit, Louis Zamperini and Jesse Owens (who the "boys" meet on the ocean liner heading to Germany) there seems to be a combination of fate, back-breaking hard work, and unstoppable determination that leads to the outcome. Joe grew up in difficult circumstances -- his mother died when he was young and his stepmother was not very accepting -- ultimately kicking him out when he was 12. His father was an inventor and a dreamer and spineless when it came to his second wife. Joe learned how to survive on his own in the forests and fields of Washington state, working for his keep at his local school and later at a neighbor's house. He came to college a year late, after working manual labor to make tuition money, never having rowed before, but took to the sport for the physical demands and release it gave him. Other key players in the story are his sweetheart and eventual wife Joyce, who also came from humble beginnings, but believed in Joe and very forward for the time, moved to Seattle and enrolled at the U., paying her own way before they married. The other "boys" have tales of their own backgrounds though they are not elaborated here, but none was a stranger to punishing work. The description of the rowing conditions on the Sound in the sleet and snow and surf would be enough to make modern athletes complain to their agents and give up the sport. The author does a great job of chronicling all the sports history as well as international history and the specter of Germany's rise to power and its insidious propaganda surrounding the Olympics is chilling, knowing what we do today. The UW coaches and their foresight and the amazing craft of George Yeoman Pocock, the boat (shell) builder are significant contributing factors to a victory that seems like a dream. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Brown brought the atmosphere of the rowing competitions and the fight of the American team alive as they fought to win in the races. The fight for the Olympic gold medal was especially titanic as they won in difficult circumstances when it seemed that all hope was gone. Rowing can be quite a technical subject but the book is easy to read. Get inspired by the boys as they teach you the values of teamwork and never giving up. ( )
  siok | Oct 3, 2020 |
This book, detailing the journey of a rowing team to the 1936 Olympics, made for a nice read. While the story of the boys from Washington who surprisingly won their competitions and made it to the Olympics was great, I was more intrigued by the details about Nazi Berlin, what Hitler wanted out of the 1936 Olympics, and the use of film to create Nazi propaganda. Overall, an interesting read. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Sep 21, 2020 |
An incredible story of resilience. Highly recommend. ( )
  askannakarenina | Sep 16, 2020 |
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In “The Boys on the Boat,” Daniel James Brown tells the astonishing story of the UW’s 1936 eight-oar varsity crew and its rise from obscurity to fame, drawing on interviews with the surviving members of the team and their diaries, journals and photographs. A writer and former writing teacher at Stanford and San Diego, Brown lives outside of Seattle, where one of his elderly neighbors harbored a history Brown never imagined: he was Joe Rantz, one of the members of the iconic UW 1936 crew.
 
[Daniel James] Brown's book juxtaposes the coming together of the Washington crew team against the Nazis' preparations for the [1936 Berlin Olympic] Games, weaving together a history that feels both intimately personal and weighty in its larger historical implications. This book has already been bought for cinematic development, and it's easy to see why: When Brown, a Seattle-based nonfiction writer, describes a race, you feel the splash as the oars slice the water, the burning in the young men's muscles and the incredible drive that propelled these rowers to glory.
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It's a great art, is rowing. It's the finest art there is. It's a symphony of motion. And when you're rowing well, why it's nearing perfection. And when you near perfection, you're touching the Divine. It touches the you of you. Which is your soul. - George Yeoman Pocock
(But I desire and I long every day to go home and to look upon the day of my return . . . for already I have suffered and labored at so many things on the waves.) - Homer
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For Gordon Adam / Chuck Day / Don Hume / George "Shorty" Hunt / Jim "Stub" McMillin / Bob Moch / Roger Morris / Joe Rantz / John White Jr. / and all those other bright, shining boys of the 1930s - our fathers, our grandfathers, our uncles, our old friends
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(Prologue) This book was born on a cold, drizzly, late spring day when I clambered over the split-rail cedar fence that surrounds my pasture and made my way through wet woods to the modest frame house where Joe Rantz lay dying.
Monday, October 9, 1933, began as a gray day in Seattle.
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Competitive rowing is an undertaking of extraordinary beauty preceded by brutal punishment.
One of the first admonitions of a good rowing coach, after the fundamentals are over, is “pull your own weight,” and the young oarsman does just that when he finds out that the boat goes better when he does. There is certainly a social implication here. -George Yeoman Pocock
There is a thing that sometimes happens in rowing that is hard to achieve and hard to define. Many crews, even winning crews, never really find it. Others find it but can’t sustain it. It’s called “swing.” It only happens when all eight oarsmen are rowing in such perfect unison that no single action by any one is out of synch with those of all the others. . . . Rowing then becomes a kind of perfect language. Poetry, that’s what a good swing feels like.
...he found that shaping cedar resonated with him in an elusive but elemental way--it satisfied him down in his core, and gave him peace...He liked the way that the wood murmured to him before it parted, almost as if i was alive, and when it finally gave way under his hands he liked the way it invariably revealed itself in lovely and unpredictable patterns of color--streaks of orange and burgundy and cream. At the same moment, as the wood opened up, it always perfumed the air...There seemed to Joe to be some kind of connection between what he was doing here among a pile of freshly split shakes, what Pocock was doing in his shop, and what he was trying to do himself in the racing shells Pocock built--something about the deliberate applicaiton of stregth, teh careful coordinaiton of mind and muscle, the sudden unfolding of mystery and beauty. (p.127)
to Pocock, this unflagging resilience--this readiness to bounce back, to keep coming, to persist in the face of resistance--was the magic in cedar, the unseen force that imparted life to the shell. (p.139)
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This is the remarkable story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal. 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.

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