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The Boys in the Boat

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  • Release Date: 2014-05-12
  • Genre: Study Aids
Score: 4
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Summary of The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown | Includes Analysis

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown, is a non-fiction account of the remarkable life story of Joe Rantz. Rantz was a determined young man who overcame personal tragedy and hardship to win a gold medal at the 1936 Olympics as a member of the US rowing team.
When Joe was four, his mother, Nellie, died of throat cancer. His father, Harry, went to Canada. He sent Joe to Pennsylvania to live with his Aunt Alma while his older brother, Fred, returned to college. A year later, Fred had graduated college and married Thelma. He sent for Joe to live with him and his new wife.
Joe’s father returned and built a new house in Spokane, Washington. He married Thelma’s sister, Thula, a talented violinist. Joe moved in with Harry and Thula…
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  • Great detailed and inspiring story!

    By came.shef1979
    It is a really captivating and interesting story! I thought the story was well done, and I enjoyed learning about this event in history. I knew nothing about rowing and its complexities. I was captured by the richness of this book, now I am interested in rowing. Great book, highly recommend!
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  • Amazing Book

    By Levi613
    Besides being a historical perspective on the depression and its effects and the rise of Hitler along with the 1936 Olympics Games, this book is a truly amazing account of what creating a team and teamwork at its highest level is. 'THE BOAT" comes to mean something similar to when a team or a person says they are in 'THE ZONE". The boys and the coaches storiesin this book are amazing and definitely worth taking your time to enjoy.
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  • Boys in the boat

    By Capt. Danny
    Wonderful book. I knew Joe and Joyce personally and shared home visits with them. We attended Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church together. My wife even took a woman's "car maintenance" class from Joe. I knew this wonderful kind gentleman as shy and caring, now I better understand why. Thank you Daniel James Brown for your literary masterpiece that ALL men & boys should read as a genuine guide into "manhood"! Daniel T. Tradal