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The Boys In The Boat Daniel James Browns The Boys in the Boat is the kind of nonfiction book that reads like a novel Centered around the life of Joe Rantza farmboy from the Pacific Northwest who was literally abandoned as a childand set during the Great Depression, The Boys in the Boat is a character driven story with a natural crescendo that will have you racing to the finish In , the University of Washingtons eight oar crew team raced its way to the Berlin Olympics for an opportunity to challenge the greatest in the world How this team, largely composed of rowers from foggy coastal villages, damp dairy farms, and smoky lumber towns all over the state, managed to work together and sacrifice toward their goal of defeating Hitlers feared racers is half the story The other half is equally fascinating, as Brown seamlessly weaves in the story of crew itself This is fast paced and emotional nonfiction about determination, bonds built by teamwork, and what it takes to achieve glory Chris Schluep Starred Review If Jesse Owens is rightfully the most famous American athlete of theBerlin Olympics, repudiating Adolf Hitlers notion of white supremacy by winning gold in four events, the gold medal winning effort by the eight man rowing team from the University of Washington remains a remarkable story It encompasses the convergence of transcendent British boatmaker George Pocock the quiet yet deadly effective UW mens varsity coach, Al Ulbrickson and an unlikely gaggle of young rowers who would shine as freshmen, then grow up together, a rough and tumble bunch, writes Brown, not very worldly, but earnest and used to hard work Brown Under a Flaming Sky,takes enough time to profile the principals in this story while using thegames and Hitlers heavy financial and political investment in them to pull the narrative along In doing so, he offers a vivid picture of the socioeconomic landscape of s America brutal , the relentlessly demanding effort required of an Olympic level rower, the exquisite brainpower and materials that go into making a first rate boat, and the wiles of a coach who somehow found a way to, first, beat archrival University of California, then conquer a national field of qualifiers, and finally, defeat the best rowing teams in the world A book that informs as it inspires Alan Moores

  • Kindle
  • 418 pages
  • The Boys In The Boat
  • Daniel James Brown
  • English
  • 06 May 2017

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