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Daniel James Brown was born in Berkeley, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford University. mostra'n més He is the author of The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride, Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894, and The Boys in the Boat. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

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A deep, intimate look at the men who rowed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. It wasn't a miracle - it was tenacity and trust between the rowers that made the seemingly impossible a reality.
ohheybrian | Hi ha 258 ressenyes més | Feb 13, 2024 |
In 1936, nine working-class boys from the University of Washington went to the Berlin Olympics in a quest for the gold medal. Their sport: rowing, a sport of which George Yeoman Pocock said, "That is the formula for endurance and success: rowing with the heart and the head as well as physical strength." It is an emotional, mental, and physical sport which, in this particular case, asks that nine human beings be in perfect tune with each other.

Author Daniel James Brown does an excellent job of putting his story into the context of the world stage, a time in which Hitler was determined to become master of the world-- and also a time when the world was still in the grip of the Depression.

At the heart of The Boys in the Boat is Joe Rantz of the University of Washington rowing team. At the age of ten, he was abandoned by his parents. Joe's father was willing to follow the lead of his second wife, a woman who decided that there were too many mouths to feed and that this child had to go. At one point, she told him, "Make your own life, Joe. Stay out of ours." Brown builds his story from the boys' journals and vivid memories, and it's a true Cinderella story. These boys were competing in an elite sport normally thought of as belonging to the privileged rich of the East Coast.

Often compared to Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken, I found The Boys in the Boat more in tune with another of her books, Seabiscuit: An American Legend, with its emphasis on sport, the Depression, and a fascinating cast. As much as I savored the stories of the boys on the University of Washington rowing team, I also appreciated the in-depth look at the sport of rowing itself. I never knew how popular it was in the 1930s or how demanding it was.

If you're in the mood for a thrilling, eye-opening, often heart-wrenching, slice of history, I highly recommend The Boys in the Boat.
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cathyskye | Hi ha 258 ressenyes més | Feb 10, 2024 |
While this is a book about the USA Olympic nine man rowing team, it is also a book about 1930's America and the many challenges and disasters its people faced. The Great Depression the Dust Bowel, labour unrest, poverty, rise of dictators in Europe are all covered in depth.

Each character, whether rower, or parent are examined biographically. One learns much about competative rowing, maybe more than one wants to know, but this reader it interesting and my admiration for the sport is greatly increased after reading about the workouts in snow and sleet during November. The main theme is ow those nine working class young men over came many obstacles including poverty, class prejudice, academic stress, and the tough physical demands of the sport.

The trip to the 1936 Olympics to face Hitler's new Germany is well documented. How Hitler tried to fool the world as to what he was doing in the new Germany by using propaganda and showing only what he and his cronies wanted the world to see is explained.
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lamour | Hi ha 258 ressenyes més | Jan 29, 2024 |



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