The Boys in the Boat tells the story of nine American rowers and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Led by team captain George Pocock and head coach Al Ulbrickson, these young men overcame incredible obstacles to achieve one of the most improbable victories in Olympic history. Their stirring tale provides a timeless portrait of strength, character, and determination that resonates with athletes and non-athletes alike.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone who loves a good underdog story. It tells the amazing tale of how nine young men, led by their coach, managed to defy all odds and win an Olympic gold medal. Along the way, it also teaches us about character, strength, and determination.
- This book is a great read for anyone interested in sports, history, or overcoming adversity.
- It tells the forgotten story of the 1936 American rowing team and their epic journey to gold medal glory.
- The author does an amazing job of capturing the heart and spirit of these young men who came from all walks of life.
- The Boys in the Boat is a long book, making it difficult to read.
- The Boys in the Boat does not have a lot of action or drama.
- The Boys in the Boat may be too boring for some readers.
Learn more about the author
Daniel James Brown is a contributing writer for the Washington Post and New York Times Magazine. He has also written for Outside, Popular Mechanics, Smithsonian, and other magazines. Brown is the author of three previous books: The Indifferent Stars Above (a history of celestial navigation), On Golden Pond (the story of Henry Fonda’s relationship with his daughter Jane), and Undertow (a Profile of surfing in Hawaii).
“Daniel James Brown has eloquently portrayed the heart and soul of rowing in The Boys In The Boat. This story is not just about Olympic gold; it is about fathers and sons, passion and purpose, disappointment and triumph. It will resonate with any reader who has ever had a dream.”
“The best sports book I have ever read… an amazing tale of human potential.”
“It is impossible not to love these boys and Brown makes their story come alive on the pages. You will want to read it twice.”
“A beautifully written and powerful story of human potential, courage, and determination.”