The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown

Find in catalogI recently finished reading “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown. It’s about the nine men’s crew members from the University of Washington who won the Gold Medal in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. This was the first time I’ve read some sort of sports book, and I thought it was excellent. The author when into detail about some of the young men’s lives growing up in the Pacific Northwest before and during the Great Depression, and how they came to be part of the team. I think the history he gave about the team, as well as what was happening in Germany during that time, gave great perspective about what the challenges were during that time period. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes history, sports and learning about life in the Puget Sound. I can’t wait to watch the U.S. crew team in this summer’s Olympics!

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