The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat Summary

The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about the American Olympic rowing triumph  in Nazi Germany—from the author of Facing the Mountain.

For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.

Book Reviews


Boys in the boat5 star

Great. Just great55

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Great Story5 star

Fantastic, well written book55

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Boys on the Boat5 star

An amazing read , history, grit and true hero’s55


Top 5 Favorites5 star

I loved this book!55


Excellent... triumph of the spirit5 star

Not just the history of the win, but Fascinating history of the time. Loved it55


Love it5 star

Must read55


Great book5 star

Loved this book. The personalities of all the boys was really interesting. Makes you proud to be a westerner.55


Wonderful piece of art!5 star

Words cannot simply convey how much I enjoyed reading this book. It was recommended to me by a local sports station radio host Craig Miller. His passion for the book and the sports tie in compelled me to purchase and read this wonderful piece of art. There were times I found myself cheering the Washington boys on as if I were right there with them and at other times I found myself weeping because of the hardships. This is a wonderful piece of art and if you are looking for a story of perseverance, brotherhood, teamwork and love of family then look no more. Well done Daniel!55

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Boys in the Boat Review5 star

As I High School I always am looking for a new read in my spare time and this book was recommended to me. This book stirred my inner soul with its tail of rags to riches set in Washington. I would even go as far to say that this is my new favorite book. Happy Reading!55

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Jenn pak5 star

I loved this book! Such a fantastic telling of a story that can mean so many things to so many people. It was a page turner and a historic story. Thank you for writing it so finely with momentous language. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to read this fine work!55

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