The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by David James Brown
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.
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Travis Fortney, Mentor Library & Louise Kloss, Morley Library are facilitating the group. The libraries provide the books which may be signed out at the Concord Community Center. Additional copies may be found at either library. To reserve a copy for pick up at Morley Library call (440 352-3383. To reserve a copy for pick up at Mentor Library call (440) 255-8811. Try it out for the discussion, camaraderie and refreshments.