Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown



The story of young men from Washington state who not only struggled with the effects of the Great Depression, trying to maintain good grades, and the extreme effort needed to row competitively, but also with personal trials.  This book explains in detail the training and physical prowess necessary to excel in this sport, and the skill and craftsmanship in creating the beautiful sculls used in racing. Even though one knows the end result, it still is a compelling and fascinating read.
--- submitted by Joan

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