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The Boys in the Boat

Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat

Daniel James Brown

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The inspiring tale of how nine American rowers overcame the odds to win gold during the 1936 Olympics – in the middle of Adolf Hitler's Berlin.

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The Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat

Daniel James Brown

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During the 1930s, rowing was a hugely popular spectator sport around the world. The eight-oared coxed event was arguably the most prestigious title that could be won on the water during the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.

The University of Washington crew came from humble origins, yet they emerged as legends. Thanks to long conversations with champion rower Joe Rantz and his daughter Judy Willman, The Boys In The Boat covers in unprecedented detail the story of how the nine unlikely stars came together and triumphed.

Daniel James Brown is an American author who specializes in making historical facts read like narrative fiction. Set between the Great Depression and World War II - before the world fully understood what horrors the Third Reich was capable of - the book mixes telling detail with an inspirational message that resonates to this day.

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"It's a great art, rowing. It's the finest art there is. It's a symphony of motion. And when you're rowing well, it's nearing perfection. And when you near perfection, you're touching the Divine."

George Yeoman Pocock, racing shell designer and builder

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