The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
- By Daniel James Brown
- Paperback: 404 pages
This incredible story of beating the odds is the account of the University of Washington’s rowing team who competed - and triumphed - at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The inspiration for the PBS documentary The Boys of ‘36, this New York Times best-seller celebrates their remarkable achievements.
The eight-oar crew team were nine working-class boys who were not expected to win. At the heart of the book is the story of Joe Rantz, a teenager without a family or real prospects. He rowed to lift his self worth, and as a way to find a place for himself in the world. The Boys in the Boat draws from all the young rowers’ memories and journals from the extraordinary time when they shocked the world by defeating Hitler’s German team to secure the gold medal.
Author Daniel Brown has crafted an unforgettable portrait of an era, one honoring remarkable achievement, and chronicling one young man’s extraordinary personal quest.