The Boys in the Boat
Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin OlympicsLarge Print - 2013
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Meet special guest Pasha Spencer of University of Portland Rowing and join the discussion on October 18, 2016. 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, w... Read More »
The story of how a group of working class youths from the University of Washington rowing team emerged from obscurity to defeat a field of elite international rivals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
SchoolCorps2 Nov 25, 2015
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.
multcolib_capitolhill Jun 11, 2015
Rowing has an elite reputation, but in the 1930’s the University of Washington team was made up of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers. They became the best rowing team in America, beating out Ivy League rivals to go to the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin and win a gold medal.
multcolib_gresham Jan 08, 2015
I loved this book! A once in a lifetime dream shared by these 9 boys from small town, working class America.
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“It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down,” he told his daughter, Marilynn. “What matters is how many times you get up.” - page 233
"To defeat an adversary who was your equal, maybe even your superior, it wasn't necessarily enough just to give your all from start to finish. You had to master your opponent mentally. When the critical moment in a close race was upon you, you had to know something he did not - that down in your core you still had something in reserve, something you had not yet shown, something that once revealed would make him doubt himself, make him falter just when it counted the most. Like so much in life, crew was partly about confidence, partly about knowing your heart." - page 106
“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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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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