The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat

The True Story of An American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics

Large Print - 2017
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A #1 New York Times Bestseller Adapted for Young ReadersInspiration for the PBS American Experience Documentary 'The Boys of '36'For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite East Coast teams, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler.At the center of the tale is Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, whose personal quest captures the spirit of his generation - the generation that would prove in the coming years that the Nazis could not prevail over American determination and optimism.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410499561
Characteristics: 353 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Additional Contributors: Mone, Gregory


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A page-turning and inspirational book about hard work, dedication, and perseverance. It is the true-life story of the unlikely University of Washington crew team that found themselves center stage at the one of the 20th-century’s most pivotal moments: the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Much of the book fo... Read More »

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Oct 19, 2015

A heartfelt, inspiring story of 9 determined boys who came from very different backgrounds. No one expected them to beat the well-off boys from the elite East-Coast teams. No one expected them to go to the Olympics and beat Germany's team and send Hitler off boiling in rage. But they did, and this book is about how they worked together to build a strong, hardworking team, and how they respected each other's differences to win gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. I rate this book 5 STARS!

Sep 18, 2015

I didn't realize when reading this that it was the adapted for Young Adults version. I cannot express how wonderful the story was. I'm curious to know what was edited out since the original book was twice as long. Although I did feel like I got through this quickly with a fast pace, I didn't feel like a lot of the story was left out. Highly recommend!


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Oct 19, 2015

junehan75 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over


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