The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

Good things are worth waiting for. This book was very popular when it was published in 2013, the waitlist time was long, so I decided to check it out in the future and then promptly forgot about it. I just happened to pick it up now and am so happy that I finally got to read it.

The author chronicles the life of one of the rowers, Joe Rantz, on his difficult journey to his greatest triumph at the Olympics. With the back drop of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl summers, and Hitler’s rise to power, the story makes you cheer for the ragtag group of college men from the University of Washington.

If you liked the 2003 movie Seabiscuit and the 2005 movie Cinderella Man, this book will be page-turner for you. I loved the underdog story highlighting the effort made during the most challenging times of the 1930s.

I’m sure there are many bestsellers that I missed in previous years. My new goal is to look them up and start plugging away at these great books that are now readily available. I’m excited to start this new personal challenge!

Located in Adult Nonfiction (797.123 BRO)

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