The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

For readers of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics.Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention o For readers of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned t...

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Title:The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Author:Daniel James Brown
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Reviews

  • Mike
    Dec 25, 2013

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

    Really enjoyed reading about The Boys In The Boat and their quest to win US GOLD at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While a bit heavy on the practice runs (for me) the excitement of the actual races kept me engrossed as well as the heartbreaking personal background of Joe Rantz, and his stru...

    I listened to The Boys in the Boat on audio, which was a good way to absorb this book. It's the story of the US rowing victory in the 1936 Olympics. There's way more to this book than "they worked hard, and then they won". Daniel James Brown cleverly pulls together a lot of great infor...

    Vivid part of "eternal landscape of the past" embodying the "mighty hopes that make us men" and women* Story of Glory, Evocative of Greek Mythology Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold in 100 meter sprint, as Hitler watches on 1936 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team You probably already...

    This book is so good you won't want to pick up another book for a while after finishing it, knowing that nothing else could be this good. High marks for story, characters, writing, and research. Nine University of Washington students, the sons of loggers, farmers, and miners, overcome ...

    I'm going to start off by saying that I'm in the minority on this one, and I'm ok with that. I felt like I was rowing through the Nile River getting through this book. I wanted it to be great, I wanted it to read like a narrative story, and most of all, I wanted to connect to the c...

    I loved this book. It is a study of human struggle, teamwork, the striving for perfection. As a former Olympic athlete, I can understand what these boys went through to achieve a dream -- and that for some, the dream comes alive as they struggle, and then the struggle only becomes more...

    This book had been on my TBR pile for a while and I read it as part of one of the challenges I participate in. I throughly enjoyed Brown's writing style. It made the book un-putdownable. I wanted to keep going to the end. In this sport history book you will find characters who wi...

    I am not competitive and team sports do not enthuse me, yet still I got excited and was rooting for the American team. Crazy but true. Every darn reviewer says the same thing! I have to explain what I think happened to me. It took me a while to feel the excitement. Half-way through...

    Surely one of the best books I've read, and undoubtedly one of the finest audiobooks ever produced. Without any bells, whistles, or voices, Edward Hermann magnificently narrates the story of 9 ordinary kids and their extraordinary path to Olympic gold. It's one of those rare work...

    My high school boyfriend went to college at MIT and joined crew. He sent me his workout jersey and I slept in it until we broke up. We both looked at "crew" the same way: upper class, rich boys' sport. Something slightly risqu for an unathletic Midwestern engineering student to do. N...

    Finally a 5 for a non-fiction read! Not since Moneyball : The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and Seabiscuit: An American Legend have we had a sports book this good! This story about the University of Washington crew team that won gold at the 1936 Olympics is fantastic and oh so much mor...

    What a hodge-podge mix of interesting and at other times dull events! The book jacket calls it "breathtaking" and I've not found that yet. It also says it's a "suspenseful tale of triumph" and I haven't found the suspense yet. The back jacket terms it "riveting" and I haven't found tha...

    Divine, Masterful, Soulful and Powerful Harmony, balance and rhythm. They`re the three things that stay with you your whole life. Without them civilization is out of whack. And that's why oarsman when he goes out in life, he can fight it, he can handle life. That's what he gets fro...

    Check out my blog to see Reviews of Book and Movies, and check out some Recipes! This starts out with a prologue that ends in chills. Brown does an immense job illustrating the life of Joe Rantz and his crew, as week as detailed descriptions of what it takes to row on a team. Pepper...

    5 Olympic Stars for this superb tale from the days of the Great Depression just before WWII. Nine young men from the Pacific Northwest fight their way to an Olympic Gold Medal but when you read the book, you will be on the edge of your seat for every race as the nail-biting tension bui...

  • Elyse Walters
    Jul 10, 2014

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

  • Chrissie
    Jul 02, 2015

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

    Really enjoyed reading about The Boys In The Boat and their quest to win US GOLD at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While a bit heavy on the practice runs (for me) the excitement of the actual races kept me engrossed as well as the heartbreaking personal background of Joe Rantz, and his stru...

    I listened to The Boys in the Boat on audio, which was a good way to absorb this book. It's the story of the US rowing victory in the 1936 Olympics. There's way more to this book than "they worked hard, and then they won". Daniel James Brown cleverly pulls together a lot of great infor...

    Vivid part of "eternal landscape of the past" embodying the "mighty hopes that make us men" and women* Story of Glory, Evocative of Greek Mythology Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold in 100 meter sprint, as Hitler watches on 1936 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team You probably already...

    This book is so good you won't want to pick up another book for a while after finishing it, knowing that nothing else could be this good. High marks for story, characters, writing, and research. Nine University of Washington students, the sons of loggers, farmers, and miners, overcome ...

    I'm going to start off by saying that I'm in the minority on this one, and I'm ok with that. I felt like I was rowing through the Nile River getting through this book. I wanted it to be great, I wanted it to read like a narrative story, and most of all, I wanted to connect to the c...

    I loved this book. It is a study of human struggle, teamwork, the striving for perfection. As a former Olympic athlete, I can understand what these boys went through to achieve a dream -- and that for some, the dream comes alive as they struggle, and then the struggle only becomes more...

    This book had been on my TBR pile for a while and I read it as part of one of the challenges I participate in. I throughly enjoyed Brown's writing style. It made the book un-putdownable. I wanted to keep going to the end. In this sport history book you will find characters who wi...

    I am not competitive and team sports do not enthuse me, yet still I got excited and was rooting for the American team. Crazy but true. Every darn reviewer says the same thing! I have to explain what I think happened to me. It took me a while to feel the excitement. Half-way through...

  • Michael
    May 15, 2015

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

    Really enjoyed reading about The Boys In The Boat and their quest to win US GOLD at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While a bit heavy on the practice runs (for me) the excitement of the actual races kept me engrossed as well as the heartbreaking personal background of Joe Rantz, and his stru...

    I listened to The Boys in the Boat on audio, which was a good way to absorb this book. It's the story of the US rowing victory in the 1936 Olympics. There's way more to this book than "they worked hard, and then they won". Daniel James Brown cleverly pulls together a lot of great infor...

    Vivid part of "eternal landscape of the past" embodying the "mighty hopes that make us men" and women* Story of Glory, Evocative of Greek Mythology Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold in 100 meter sprint, as Hitler watches on 1936 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team You probably already...

    This book is so good you won't want to pick up another book for a while after finishing it, knowing that nothing else could be this good. High marks for story, characters, writing, and research. Nine University of Washington students, the sons of loggers, farmers, and miners, overcome ...

    I'm going to start off by saying that I'm in the minority on this one, and I'm ok with that. I felt like I was rowing through the Nile River getting through this book. I wanted it to be great, I wanted it to read like a narrative story, and most of all, I wanted to connect to the c...

    I loved this book. It is a study of human struggle, teamwork, the striving for perfection. As a former Olympic athlete, I can understand what these boys went through to achieve a dream -- and that for some, the dream comes alive as they struggle, and then the struggle only becomes more...

    This book had been on my TBR pile for a while and I read it as part of one of the challenges I participate in. I throughly enjoyed Brown's writing style. It made the book un-putdownable. I wanted to keep going to the end. In this sport history book you will find characters who wi...

    I am not competitive and team sports do not enthuse me, yet still I got excited and was rooting for the American team. Crazy but true. Every darn reviewer says the same thing! I have to explain what I think happened to me. It took me a while to feel the excitement. Half-way through...

    Surely one of the best books I've read, and undoubtedly one of the finest audiobooks ever produced. Without any bells, whistles, or voices, Edward Hermann magnificently narrates the story of 9 ordinary kids and their extraordinary path to Olympic gold. It's one of those rare work...

  • Tom
    Aug 27, 2013

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

  • Trish
    Jun 13, 2013

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

  • Emily
    Jul 27, 2014

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

  • Pam
    Jun 24, 2013

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

    Really enjoyed reading about The Boys In The Boat and their quest to win US GOLD at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While a bit heavy on the practice runs (for me) the excitement of the actual races kept me engrossed as well as the heartbreaking personal background of Joe Rantz, and his stru...

    I listened to The Boys in the Boat on audio, which was a good way to absorb this book. It's the story of the US rowing victory in the 1936 Olympics. There's way more to this book than "they worked hard, and then they won". Daniel James Brown cleverly pulls together a lot of great infor...

    Vivid part of "eternal landscape of the past" embodying the "mighty hopes that make us men" and women* Story of Glory, Evocative of Greek Mythology Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold in 100 meter sprint, as Hitler watches on 1936 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team You probably already...

    This book is so good you won't want to pick up another book for a while after finishing it, knowing that nothing else could be this good. High marks for story, characters, writing, and research. Nine University of Washington students, the sons of loggers, farmers, and miners, overcome ...

    I'm going to start off by saying that I'm in the minority on this one, and I'm ok with that. I felt like I was rowing through the Nile River getting through this book. I wanted it to be great, I wanted it to read like a narrative story, and most of all, I wanted to connect to the c...

    I loved this book. It is a study of human struggle, teamwork, the striving for perfection. As a former Olympic athlete, I can understand what these boys went through to achieve a dream -- and that for some, the dream comes alive as they struggle, and then the struggle only becomes more...

    This book had been on my TBR pile for a while and I read it as part of one of the challenges I participate in. I throughly enjoyed Brown's writing style. It made the book un-putdownable. I wanted to keep going to the end. In this sport history book you will find characters who wi...

    I am not competitive and team sports do not enthuse me, yet still I got excited and was rooting for the American team. Crazy but true. Every darn reviewer says the same thing! I have to explain what I think happened to me. It took me a while to feel the excitement. Half-way through...

    Surely one of the best books I've read, and undoubtedly one of the finest audiobooks ever produced. Without any bells, whistles, or voices, Edward Hermann magnificently narrates the story of 9 ordinary kids and their extraordinary path to Olympic gold. It's one of those rare work...

    My high school boyfriend went to college at MIT and joined crew. He sent me his workout jersey and I slept in it until we broke up. We both looked at "crew" the same way: upper class, rich boys' sport. Something slightly risqu for an unathletic Midwestern engineering student to do. N...

    Finally a 5 for a non-fiction read! Not since Moneyball : The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and Seabiscuit: An American Legend have we had a sports book this good! This story about the University of Washington crew team that won gold at the 1936 Olympics is fantastic and oh so much mor...

  • Cathy
    Sep 16, 2013

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

    Really enjoyed reading about The Boys In The Boat and their quest to win US GOLD at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While a bit heavy on the practice runs (for me) the excitement of the actual races kept me engrossed as well as the heartbreaking personal background of Joe Rantz, and his stru...

    I listened to The Boys in the Boat on audio, which was a good way to absorb this book. It's the story of the US rowing victory in the 1936 Olympics. There's way more to this book than "they worked hard, and then they won". Daniel James Brown cleverly pulls together a lot of great infor...

    Vivid part of "eternal landscape of the past" embodying the "mighty hopes that make us men" and women* Story of Glory, Evocative of Greek Mythology Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold in 100 meter sprint, as Hitler watches on 1936 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team You probably already...

    This book is so good you won't want to pick up another book for a while after finishing it, knowing that nothing else could be this good. High marks for story, characters, writing, and research. Nine University of Washington students, the sons of loggers, farmers, and miners, overcome ...

  • Dem
    Jul 04, 2015

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

  • Brina
    Jul 12, 2015

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

  • Esil
    Sep 13, 2015

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

    Really enjoyed reading about The Boys In The Boat and their quest to win US GOLD at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While a bit heavy on the practice runs (for me) the excitement of the actual races kept me engrossed as well as the heartbreaking personal background of Joe Rantz, and his stru...

    I listened to The Boys in the Boat on audio, which was a good way to absorb this book. It's the story of the US rowing victory in the 1936 Olympics. There's way more to this book than "they worked hard, and then they won". Daniel James Brown cleverly pulls together a lot of great infor...

  • Michael
    Oct 12, 2014

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

  • Diane S ☔
    May 26, 2013

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

  • Linda
    Sep 01, 2013

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

    Really enjoyed reading about The Boys In The Boat and their quest to win US GOLD at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While a bit heavy on the practice runs (for me) the excitement of the actual races kept me engrossed as well as the heartbreaking personal background of Joe Rantz, and his stru...

    I listened to The Boys in the Boat on audio, which was a good way to absorb this book. It's the story of the US rowing victory in the 1936 Olympics. There's way more to this book than "they worked hard, and then they won". Daniel James Brown cleverly pulls together a lot of great infor...

    Vivid part of "eternal landscape of the past" embodying the "mighty hopes that make us men" and women* Story of Glory, Evocative of Greek Mythology Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold in 100 meter sprint, as Hitler watches on 1936 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team You probably already...

    This book is so good you won't want to pick up another book for a while after finishing it, knowing that nothing else could be this good. High marks for story, characters, writing, and research. Nine University of Washington students, the sons of loggers, farmers, and miners, overcome ...

    I'm going to start off by saying that I'm in the minority on this one, and I'm ok with that. I felt like I was rowing through the Nile River getting through this book. I wanted it to be great, I wanted it to read like a narrative story, and most of all, I wanted to connect to the c...

    I loved this book. It is a study of human struggle, teamwork, the striving for perfection. As a former Olympic athlete, I can understand what these boys went through to achieve a dream -- and that for some, the dream comes alive as they struggle, and then the struggle only becomes more...

    This book had been on my TBR pile for a while and I read it as part of one of the challenges I participate in. I throughly enjoyed Brown's writing style. It made the book un-putdownable. I wanted to keep going to the end. In this sport history book you will find characters who wi...

    I am not competitive and team sports do not enthuse me, yet still I got excited and was rooting for the American team. Crazy but true. Every darn reviewer says the same thing! I have to explain what I think happened to me. It took me a while to feel the excitement. Half-way through...

    Surely one of the best books I've read, and undoubtedly one of the finest audiobooks ever produced. Without any bells, whistles, or voices, Edward Hermann magnificently narrates the story of 9 ordinary kids and their extraordinary path to Olympic gold. It's one of those rare work...

    My high school boyfriend went to college at MIT and joined crew. He sent me his workout jersey and I slept in it until we broke up. We both looked at "crew" the same way: upper class, rich boys' sport. Something slightly risqu for an unathletic Midwestern engineering student to do. N...

  • Cher
    May 02, 2014

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

  • Jonetta
    May 23, 2015

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

  • Quirkyreader
    May 02, 2018

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

    Really enjoyed reading about The Boys In The Boat and their quest to win US GOLD at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While a bit heavy on the practice runs (for me) the excitement of the actual races kept me engrossed as well as the heartbreaking personal background of Joe Rantz, and his stru...

    I listened to The Boys in the Boat on audio, which was a good way to absorb this book. It's the story of the US rowing victory in the 1936 Olympics. There's way more to this book than "they worked hard, and then they won". Daniel James Brown cleverly pulls together a lot of great infor...

    Vivid part of "eternal landscape of the past" embodying the "mighty hopes that make us men" and women* Story of Glory, Evocative of Greek Mythology Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold in 100 meter sprint, as Hitler watches on 1936 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team You probably already...

    This book is so good you won't want to pick up another book for a while after finishing it, knowing that nothing else could be this good. High marks for story, characters, writing, and research. Nine University of Washington students, the sons of loggers, farmers, and miners, overcome ...

    I'm going to start off by saying that I'm in the minority on this one, and I'm ok with that. I felt like I was rowing through the Nile River getting through this book. I wanted it to be great, I wanted it to read like a narrative story, and most of all, I wanted to connect to the c...

    I loved this book. It is a study of human struggle, teamwork, the striving for perfection. As a former Olympic athlete, I can understand what these boys went through to achieve a dream -- and that for some, the dream comes alive as they struggle, and then the struggle only becomes more...

    This book had been on my TBR pile for a while and I read it as part of one of the challenges I participate in. I throughly enjoyed Brown's writing style. It made the book un-putdownable. I wanted to keep going to the end. In this sport history book you will find characters who wi...

  • Britany
    Jun 11, 2015

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

    Really enjoyed reading about The Boys In The Boat and their quest to win US GOLD at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While a bit heavy on the practice runs (for me) the excitement of the actual races kept me engrossed as well as the heartbreaking personal background of Joe Rantz, and his stru...

    I listened to The Boys in the Boat on audio, which was a good way to absorb this book. It's the story of the US rowing victory in the 1936 Olympics. There's way more to this book than "they worked hard, and then they won". Daniel James Brown cleverly pulls together a lot of great infor...

    Vivid part of "eternal landscape of the past" embodying the "mighty hopes that make us men" and women* Story of Glory, Evocative of Greek Mythology Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold in 100 meter sprint, as Hitler watches on 1936 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team You probably already...

    This book is so good you won't want to pick up another book for a while after finishing it, knowing that nothing else could be this good. High marks for story, characters, writing, and research. Nine University of Washington students, the sons of loggers, farmers, and miners, overcome ...

    I'm going to start off by saying that I'm in the minority on this one, and I'm ok with that. I felt like I was rowing through the Nile River getting through this book. I wanted it to be great, I wanted it to read like a narrative story, and most of all, I wanted to connect to the c...

  • Perry
    Mar 03, 2016

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

    Really enjoyed reading about The Boys In The Boat and their quest to win US GOLD at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While a bit heavy on the practice runs (for me) the excitement of the actual races kept me engrossed as well as the heartbreaking personal background of Joe Rantz, and his stru...

    I listened to The Boys in the Boat on audio, which was a good way to absorb this book. It's the story of the US rowing victory in the 1936 Olympics. There's way more to this book than "they worked hard, and then they won". Daniel James Brown cleverly pulls together a lot of great infor...

    Vivid part of "eternal landscape of the past" embodying the "mighty hopes that make us men" and women* Story of Glory, Evocative of Greek Mythology Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold in 100 meter sprint, as Hitler watches on 1936 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team You probably already...

  • David
    Nov 16, 2014

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

    Really enjoyed reading about The Boys In The Boat and their quest to win US GOLD at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While a bit heavy on the practice runs (for me) the excitement of the actual races kept me engrossed as well as the heartbreaking personal background of Joe Rantz, and his stru...

    I listened to The Boys in the Boat on audio, which was a good way to absorb this book. It's the story of the US rowing victory in the 1936 Olympics. There's way more to this book than "they worked hard, and then they won". Daniel James Brown cleverly pulls together a lot of great infor...

    Vivid part of "eternal landscape of the past" embodying the "mighty hopes that make us men" and women* Story of Glory, Evocative of Greek Mythology Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold in 100 meter sprint, as Hitler watches on 1936 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team You probably already...

    This book is so good you won't want to pick up another book for a while after finishing it, knowing that nothing else could be this good. High marks for story, characters, writing, and research. Nine University of Washington students, the sons of loggers, farmers, and miners, overcome ...

    I'm going to start off by saying that I'm in the minority on this one, and I'm ok with that. I felt like I was rowing through the Nile River getting through this book. I wanted it to be great, I wanted it to read like a narrative story, and most of all, I wanted to connect to the c...

    I loved this book. It is a study of human struggle, teamwork, the striving for perfection. As a former Olympic athlete, I can understand what these boys went through to achieve a dream -- and that for some, the dream comes alive as they struggle, and then the struggle only becomes more...

    This book had been on my TBR pile for a while and I read it as part of one of the challenges I participate in. I throughly enjoyed Brown's writing style. It made the book un-putdownable. I wanted to keep going to the end. In this sport history book you will find characters who wi...

    I am not competitive and team sports do not enthuse me, yet still I got excited and was rooting for the American team. Crazy but true. Every darn reviewer says the same thing! I have to explain what I think happened to me. It took me a while to feel the excitement. Half-way through...

    Surely one of the best books I've read, and undoubtedly one of the finest audiobooks ever produced. Without any bells, whistles, or voices, Edward Hermann magnificently narrates the story of 9 ordinary kids and their extraordinary path to Olympic gold. It's one of those rare work...

    My high school boyfriend went to college at MIT and joined crew. He sent me his workout jersey and I slept in it until we broke up. We both looked at "crew" the same way: upper class, rich boys' sport. Something slightly risqu for an unathletic Midwestern engineering student to do. N...

    Finally a 5 for a non-fiction read! Not since Moneyball : The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and Seabiscuit: An American Legend have we had a sports book this good! This story about the University of Washington crew team that won gold at the 1936 Olympics is fantastic and oh so much mor...

    What a hodge-podge mix of interesting and at other times dull events! The book jacket calls it "breathtaking" and I've not found that yet. It also says it's a "suspenseful tale of triumph" and I haven't found the suspense yet. The back jacket terms it "riveting" and I haven't found tha...

  • Carol
    Sep 03, 2014

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

    Really enjoyed reading about The Boys In The Boat and their quest to win US GOLD at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While a bit heavy on the practice runs (for me) the excitement of the actual races kept me engrossed as well as the heartbreaking personal background of Joe Rantz, and his stru...

  • Donna
    Sep 07, 2013

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

  • Geza Tatrallyay
    Feb 14, 2017

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

    Really enjoyed reading about The Boys In The Boat and their quest to win US GOLD at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While a bit heavy on the practice runs (for me) the excitement of the actual races kept me engrossed as well as the heartbreaking personal background of Joe Rantz, and his stru...

    I listened to The Boys in the Boat on audio, which was a good way to absorb this book. It's the story of the US rowing victory in the 1936 Olympics. There's way more to this book than "they worked hard, and then they won". Daniel James Brown cleverly pulls together a lot of great infor...

    Vivid part of "eternal landscape of the past" embodying the "mighty hopes that make us men" and women* Story of Glory, Evocative of Greek Mythology Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold in 100 meter sprint, as Hitler watches on 1936 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team You probably already...

    This book is so good you won't want to pick up another book for a while after finishing it, knowing that nothing else could be this good. High marks for story, characters, writing, and research. Nine University of Washington students, the sons of loggers, farmers, and miners, overcome ...

    I'm going to start off by saying that I'm in the minority on this one, and I'm ok with that. I felt like I was rowing through the Nile River getting through this book. I wanted it to be great, I wanted it to read like a narrative story, and most of all, I wanted to connect to the c...

    I loved this book. It is a study of human struggle, teamwork, the striving for perfection. As a former Olympic athlete, I can understand what these boys went through to achieve a dream -- and that for some, the dream comes alive as they struggle, and then the struggle only becomes more...

  • Matthew
    Sep 15, 2017

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

  • Cathrine ☯️
    Mar 03, 2015

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

  • Carmen
    Sep 04, 2014

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

  • Jen
    Dec 10, 2014

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

  • Brittany
    Mar 17, 2016

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

    Really enjoyed reading about The Boys In The Boat and their quest to win US GOLD at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While a bit heavy on the practice runs (for me) the excitement of the actual races kept me engrossed as well as the heartbreaking personal background of Joe Rantz, and his stru...

    I listened to The Boys in the Boat on audio, which was a good way to absorb this book. It's the story of the US rowing victory in the 1936 Olympics. There's way more to this book than "they worked hard, and then they won". Daniel James Brown cleverly pulls together a lot of great infor...

    Vivid part of "eternal landscape of the past" embodying the "mighty hopes that make us men" and women* Story of Glory, Evocative of Greek Mythology Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold in 100 meter sprint, as Hitler watches on 1936 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team You probably already...

    This book is so good you won't want to pick up another book for a while after finishing it, knowing that nothing else could be this good. High marks for story, characters, writing, and research. Nine University of Washington students, the sons of loggers, farmers, and miners, overcome ...

    I'm going to start off by saying that I'm in the minority on this one, and I'm ok with that. I felt like I was rowing through the Nile River getting through this book. I wanted it to be great, I wanted it to read like a narrative story, and most of all, I wanted to connect to the c...

    I loved this book. It is a study of human struggle, teamwork, the striving for perfection. As a former Olympic athlete, I can understand what these boys went through to achieve a dream -- and that for some, the dream comes alive as they struggle, and then the struggle only becomes more...

    This book had been on my TBR pile for a while and I read it as part of one of the challenges I participate in. I throughly enjoyed Brown's writing style. It made the book un-putdownable. I wanted to keep going to the end. In this sport history book you will find characters who wi...

    I am not competitive and team sports do not enthuse me, yet still I got excited and was rooting for the American team. Crazy but true. Every darn reviewer says the same thing! I have to explain what I think happened to me. It took me a while to feel the excitement. Half-way through...

    Surely one of the best books I've read, and undoubtedly one of the finest audiobooks ever produced. Without any bells, whistles, or voices, Edward Hermann magnificently narrates the story of 9 ordinary kids and their extraordinary path to Olympic gold. It's one of those rare work...

    My high school boyfriend went to college at MIT and joined crew. He sent me his workout jersey and I slept in it until we broke up. We both looked at "crew" the same way: upper class, rich boys' sport. Something slightly risqu for an unathletic Midwestern engineering student to do. N...

    Finally a 5 for a non-fiction read! Not since Moneyball : The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and Seabiscuit: An American Legend have we had a sports book this good! This story about the University of Washington crew team that won gold at the 1936 Olympics is fantastic and oh so much mor...

    What a hodge-podge mix of interesting and at other times dull events! The book jacket calls it "breathtaking" and I've not found that yet. It also says it's a "suspenseful tale of triumph" and I haven't found the suspense yet. The back jacket terms it "riveting" and I haven't found tha...

    Divine, Masterful, Soulful and Powerful Harmony, balance and rhythm. They`re the three things that stay with you your whole life. Without them civilization is out of whack. And that's why oarsman when he goes out in life, he can fight it, he can handle life. That's what he gets fro...

    Check out my blog to see Reviews of Book and Movies, and check out some Recipes! This starts out with a prologue that ends in chills. Brown does an immense job illustrating the life of Joe Rantz and his crew, as week as detailed descriptions of what it takes to row on a team. Pepper...

  • ||Swaroop||
    Jun 09, 2018

    I don't know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things. BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down. Everything else I was reading was put aside....

    If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me. But you?d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you wi...

    I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before. Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing. You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc....

    I read this book because my father kept telling me that I would enjoy it. Truthfully, l finally picked up so he would stop nagging me about it even though it is about sports and history- my two favorite things. Boys in the Boat is the motivational story of Joe Rantz, his wife Joyce, ...

    If someone had told me I would become emotionally invested is a book about rowing, I would have thought they were crazy. First, I knew little about rowing and second, I had no desire to learn. A read for a group I am in had me picking up this book and I am so glad I did. As many mother...

    This book was all right, but there was just too much of it and the title isn't very descriptive. It's really only about one of the nine "boys in the boat," plus their coach and the boatbuilder. Oh, and Hitler. Perhaps the author came to the project 10-15 years too late; only one of...

    Why did I wait so long to read this? Well, a couple of reasons: 1) It?s about rowing?No offense, it?s just not a sport I?m wowed by. 2) It?s about a group of Americans going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hey, I?m Canadian, eh... American patriotism and propaganda isn?t ...

    This may not be my final rating of this book, but I have to put it down for a while because I find it simply boring, and I have a backlog of other books that look SO much more interesting. Why this has achieved an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads I don't understand, unless it all com...

    Wow!!! The books power is in the storytelling. Starts right out on page 1 These were remarkable men -their sacrifice - committed dedication - had to scape for everything -their boat wasn't just handed to them... not all had cozy supportive families. Joe Rantz's humanity - espe...

    The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons's Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics' I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds's rev...

    Everyone should have heard of this book by now. It's about the crew team that won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. This is really perfect from a non-fiction standpoint. We have poverty and hard work - Joe, our focus, is very poor and works insanely hard just to afford food. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The fact that I had no interest in, and in fact dreaded reading this book club selection yet ending up loving it, is testament to how compelling this inspirational story was. I have no interest in rowing. Actually, I have no interest in sports...

    This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the important historical events of that era (the 1929 stock market...

    To be able to tell a story about an event where the outcome is known ahead of time, about a subject the reader has no interest in, the pages seemingly turning themselves and keeping one riveted all the way is some feat. A team of nine boys, sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmer...

    Quite an uplifting story of the young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for nine-men shell rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Like Hillenbrand?s wonderful book ?Seabiscuit? this is a tale of underdogs overcoming personal adversities and capturing t...

    Really enjoyed reading about The Boys In The Boat and their quest to win US GOLD at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While a bit heavy on the practice runs (for me) the excitement of the actual races kept me engrossed as well as the heartbreaking personal background of Joe Rantz, and his stru...

    I listened to The Boys in the Boat on audio, which was a good way to absorb this book. It's the story of the US rowing victory in the 1936 Olympics. There's way more to this book than "they worked hard, and then they won". Daniel James Brown cleverly pulls together a lot of great infor...

    Vivid part of "eternal landscape of the past" embodying the "mighty hopes that make us men" and women* Story of Glory, Evocative of Greek Mythology Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold in 100 meter sprint, as Hitler watches on 1936 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team You probably already...

    This book is so good you won't want to pick up another book for a while after finishing it, knowing that nothing else could be this good. High marks for story, characters, writing, and research. Nine University of Washington students, the sons of loggers, farmers, and miners, overcome ...

    I'm going to start off by saying that I'm in the minority on this one, and I'm ok with that. I felt like I was rowing through the Nile River getting through this book. I wanted it to be great, I wanted it to read like a narrative story, and most of all, I wanted to connect to the c...

    I loved this book. It is a study of human struggle, teamwork, the striving for perfection. As a former Olympic athlete, I can understand what these boys went through to achieve a dream -- and that for some, the dream comes alive as they struggle, and then the struggle only becomes more...

    This book had been on my TBR pile for a while and I read it as part of one of the challenges I participate in. I throughly enjoyed Brown's writing style. It made the book un-putdownable. I wanted to keep going to the end. In this sport history book you will find characters who wi...

    I am not competitive and team sports do not enthuse me, yet still I got excited and was rooting for the American team. Crazy but true. Every darn reviewer says the same thing! I have to explain what I think happened to me. It took me a while to feel the excitement. Half-way through...

    Surely one of the best books I've read, and undoubtedly one of the finest audiobooks ever produced. Without any bells, whistles, or voices, Edward Hermann magnificently narrates the story of 9 ordinary kids and their extraordinary path to Olympic gold. It's one of those rare work...

    My high school boyfriend went to college at MIT and joined crew. He sent me his workout jersey and I slept in it until we broke up. We both looked at "crew" the same way: upper class, rich boys' sport. Something slightly risqu for an unathletic Midwestern engineering student to do. N...

    Finally a 5 for a non-fiction read! Not since Moneyball : The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and Seabiscuit: An American Legend have we had a sports book this good! This story about the University of Washington crew team that won gold at the 1936 Olympics is fantastic and oh so much mor...

    What a hodge-podge mix of interesting and at other times dull events! The book jacket calls it "breathtaking" and I've not found that yet. It also says it's a "suspenseful tale of triumph" and I haven't found the suspense yet. The back jacket terms it "riveting" and I haven't found tha...

    Divine, Masterful, Soulful and Powerful Harmony, balance and rhythm. They`re the three things that stay with you your whole life. Without them civilization is out of whack. And that's why oarsman when he goes out in life, he can fight it, he can handle life. That's what he gets fro...