by James Brown,
Daniel James Brown
“The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” is a great story of devotion, love, loss, and struggles. James Brown is the author of this amazing book. This book describes the story of the nine young men who competed for gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It is a story of perseverance and success, of finding one’s self-confidence and then losing oneself to a greater power: the power that comes from working as a team where the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts.
It’s the story of nine men in a boat who overcame all levels of poverty, insecurities, frustrations, disappointments, and rejections to win the 1936 Olympic medal for the crew, rowing against Hitler’s team and winning the pre-war Berlin Olympics. Author style is almost nonfiction in that it tells such a wonderful story but you are repeatedly reminded that these were real people at a real-time doing real things. Each of these young men is beautifully profiled and the photos are such that when you look at their faces each and every one of them could step into our lives today and look perfectly in place. The fact that they showed their best in front of Hitler wrenching away from him and from Germany their most sought after rowing prize is enormous.