In this wildly popular tale of an unlikely triumph at the 1936 Olympics, the author of The Indifferent Stars Above and Under a Flaming Sky here gives us the University of Washington rowing crew that stunned the world when they beat the vaunted German and Italian crews to win the gold. Daniel James Brown evokes a defining era in sports and celebrates a remarkable achievement as he chronicles how a rag-tag team, made up of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers—including Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects—slipped past some of the most competitive teams in the water to represent the United States in Berlin.
"The Boys in the Boat is not only a great and inspiring true story; it is a fascinating work of history."—Nathaniel Philbrick
"This book has already been bought for cinematic development, and it's easy to see why: When Brown, a Seattle-based nonfiction writer, describes a race, you feel the splash as the oars slice the water, the burning in the young men's muscles and the incredible drive that propelled these rowers to glory."—Smithsonian Magazine
"For years I've stared and wondered about the old wooden boat resting on the top rack of the UW boathouse. I knew the names of the men that rowed it but never really knew who they were. After reading this book, I feel like I got to relive their journey and witness what it was truly like earning a seat in that Pocock shell. The passion and determination showed by Joe and the rest of the boys in the boat are what every rower aspires to. I will never look at that wooden boat the same again."—Mary Whipple