The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics By Daniel James Brown
They were rowing as if on another plane, as if in a black void among the stars -The Boys in the Boat
Daniel Brown tells the story of nine Americans who defied all the odds and won a gold medal in the Olympics. Brown, a Washington author, writes a fantastic story that is wonderful to read. The nine Americans were students at the University of Washington during the time of economic difficulty. They came from poor backgrounds and hoped that, through rowing, they would be able to achieve an education. Not only was it fiercely competitive to make the team and maintain your spot, the competition from other schools was stiff. After facing countless disappointments, frustrations and setbacks, their final row is a nail-biting moment.
I was entranced from the minute I picked up the book and couldn’t put it down. Brown weaves the story of the nine Americans facing adversity in their academics, personal life, and from other schools so seamlessly that you lose yourself in the book. The book is a nail biter that is a very enjoyable read. Brown brings so much life and imagery to his story, it is breathtaking to read. This is honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read and I highly, highly recommend it. 5/5
Published: 2013, 416 pages