The Boys in the Boat: An Epic True-Life Journey to the Heart of Hitler’s Berlin
by Daniel James Brown
This is the astonishing story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar varsity crew and its rise from obscurity to fame. The individual stories of these young men are almost as compelling as the rise of the team itself. Brown excels at weaving their stories with the larger narrative, all culminating in the 1936 Olympic Games.
A story this breathtaking demands an equally compelling author, and Brown does not disappoint. The narrative rises inexorably, with the final 50 pages blurring by with white-knuckled suspense as these all-American underdogs pull off the unimaginable.