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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the…

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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As much as I came to care about the boys in the boat and as much as I admired the research put into this novel I came away from the book with a couple of peevish thoughts.

1)-- Research.
There was too much research about stuff that didn't really fit (like the constant notes on the weather and Ky Ebright). The stuff about the boxing (Joe Louis, I believe?) was incredibly interesting but it was a side-note. He and the boys didn't even meet. With all the information about Leni Riefenstahl I expected the film she made of the 1936 German Olympics to have more of a bearing on the finale/perception of the boys in the boats... but it didn't. Also, there was a lack of research on the boys that weren't Joe Rantz. They didn't really seem to matter until their lives collided with his.

2)-- Style.
I really, really, really don't like fictionalized non-fiction. At all. How do you really know what Harry said to his wife? Or Joe said to Joyce? Or what she wore? Most of it seemed based off of generalizations about the time period.

Summary- I enjoyed the book. It was fun to read about the area where my husband was raised. There was a lot of research (just make it good research next time). And it wasn't my style. But it was still (for me) an above average book. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
This is one of the best non-fiction books I have read in a long time. Funny how a book can surprise you that way. It had been sitting on my real world shelf for the-longest time. I guess I just needed a reason to pick it up and read it. I am so happy that it happened.

This is not just a story of the 1936 Olympic Rowing Team. It is a story of courage and strength, of friendships and bonding. It is not just the story of the 8 rowers and coxswain. It is the story of the coach, and the man who built the boats and how they took 9 ordinary boys and molded them into 9 extraordinary men. It is a love story, a sad story of a boy who no one wanted. So much is rolled into this book and the author wrote it all from his heart and the hearts of all the people he spoke with.

If you have not read this book yet, I promise, if you pick it up you will not be disappointed.
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  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
Pretty much everything you could want from a sports book-- incredibly readable, full of struggle and pathos and triumph, made me really care about the people in it, so exciting at times that I found myself standing up and pacing around as I read (that last Poughkeepsie race!). Not usually my type of book but really won me over. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
Absolutely fantastic! ( )
  joshcrouse3 | Sep 17, 2021 |
This was simply an amazing book. As the cover of the book indicates, it tells the true story of how the American rowing team went to Berlin and won the gold medal—narrowly defeating the German rowing team. But the book does more than that, as it details the personal stories of those involved and explores the history of rowing, the Great Depression, the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, and how the stage was set for WWII. The stories told in this book are beautifully told and packed with lots of interesting detail and information.

The book focuses particularly on Joe Rantz—a member of the crew—but the stories and histories of the other people involved are just as fascinating and captivating, from the other crew members to their coxswain to their coach to the person who built their boats. You can almost see and hear them as you read this book.

Even knowing the actual outcome of the boat race, the author manages to keep things interesting and even builds suspense. Indeed, this is one of those parts of history where the reality is just as interesting and suspenseful than something you could write.

This book is extremely well-written and I highly recommend it. Easy 5 stars for me. ( )
  bentleymitchell | Aug 27, 2021 |
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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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