The Boys in the Boat

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Jul 01, 2020MT60 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Masterfully written book about the ordinary young men who pulled off a stunning feat against many obstacles in the couple of years leading to the Olympics and at the actual games. On a sporting level, 8-man rowing is revealed to be the ultimate team sport, requiring all oarsmen to operate in absolute unison with respect to timing, power, and endurance. Interwoven are accounts of the evil forces in Nazi Germany before, during, and after 1936, plus the deception perpetrated by Hitler and Goebbels that world leaders and IOC head Avery Brundage were all too eager to believe.