The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat

The True Story of An American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics

Book - 2015
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Berlin, 1936. The Olympic finals of the eight-oared rowing race. Germany, Italy, USA. The American boat touches the finish line first, beating all odds and sending Hitler away in a silent rage. In the midst of the Great Depression, the nine rowers showed the world what true grit really meant. They were western, working-class boys who never expected to beat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did. At the center of the tale is Joe Rantz, whose personal struggle -- and ultimate triumph -- captures the spirit of his generation, the one that would prove in the coming years that the Nazis could not prevail over American determination and optimism.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC,, 2015.
ISBN: 9780451475923
Branch Call Number: J 921 RA
Characteristics: xi, 227 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mone, Gregory

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junehan75
Oct 19, 2015

A heartfelt, inspiring story of 9 determined boys who came from very different backgrounds. No one expected them to beat the well-off boys from the elite East-Coast teams. No one expected them to go to the Olympics and beat Germany's team and send Hitler off boiling in rage. But they did, and this book is about how they worked together to build a strong, hardworking team, and how they respected each other's differences to win gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. I rate this book 5 STARS!

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Audrey1976
Sep 18, 2015

I didn't realize when reading this that it was the adapted for Young Adults version. I cannot express how wonderful the story was. I'm curious to know what was edited out since the original book was twice as long. Although I did feel like I got through this quickly with a fast pace, I didn't feel like a lot of the story was left out. Highly recommend!

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Oct 19, 2015

junehan75 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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