The Boys in the Boat
Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
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I loved this book! A once in a lifetime dream shared by these 9 boys from small town, working class America.
It's not about the boat. No doubt in my mind this will become a classic of NW literary nonfiction. I can't put it down yet I don't want it to end--in my top 3 for this year. (Tama's fave)
Join the discussion on July 21, 2015. Out of the depths of the Depression comes a story from the Great Northwest. This is the amazing account of how nine working-class boys showed the world, at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, what true grit really meant.
Join the discussion on Sept. 14, 2014. Out of the depths of the Depression comes a story from the Great Northwest, the amazing account of how nine working-class boys showed the world, at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, what true grit really meant.
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A timeless story of perseverance, of survival in a world full of obstacles. Joe Rantz faced abandonment by his family, putting himself through college, the dust bowl and great depression, and ultimately Hitler's influence in athletic competition. But his biggest obstacle at times was himself. Finally becoming a reliable piece of a cohesive whole, he and his crewmates lifted the Husky Clipper off the surface of the water, to the rafters of Washington's shellhouse, and into history.
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“What mattered more than how hard a man rowed was how well everything he did in the boat harmonized with what the other fellows were doing. And a man couldn’t harmonize with his crewmates unless he opened his heart to them. He had to care about his crew.”
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