The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown
In the course of the book I learned about crew rowing. Brown writes an adventure that is more than the race or the rowing. There is the training, the trainers, the boat, the boat builder and -- The Boys In The Boat. The author weaves the tale around Joe Rantz -- one of that crew of freshman at the University of Washington in 1932. That freshman crew goes on to compete in the 1936 Olympics and win against Hitler's German team.
The book at times almost reads like historic fiction as Rantz and team mates struggle to stay in school during the depression and then succeed to compete at Hitler's Olympics in Germany.
It is a book that will have you hooked from the first page and through the epilogue about the lives of the crew after the victory at the Olympics.