The Boys In The Boat: An Epic Journey to the Heart of Hitler's Berlin (Paperback)
  • The Boys In The Boat: An Epic Journey to the Heart of Hitler's Berlin (Paperback)

The Boys In The Boat: An Epic Journey to the Heart of Hitler's Berlin (Paperback)

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Published: 02/01/2014
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Now a major motion picture, directed by George Clooney.

From the Great Depression to Nazi Germany, The Boys in the Boat is the astonishing true story of the 1936 American men's eight rowing team on their quest for Olympic gold.

'It is impossible not to get wrapped up in the emotion' – The Times

It is considered one of the most difficult sports in the world. For Joe Rantz, it might be his only choice.

Cast aside by his family at an early age, Joe was abandoned, left to fend for himself in the woods of Washington State. Like so many, he had to work his way through college. The rowing team offered money – and a home.

An extraordinary journey follows, as Joe and eight other working-class boys exchange the sweat and dust of life in 1930s America for the promise of glory on the team – and at the Berlin Olympics, in the heart of Hitler’s Germany.

With the weight of history on his shoulders, stroke by stroke, Joe strives to regain his shattered self-regard, to dare again to trust in others – and to find his way back home.

Rising above the grand sweep of history, Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat is a personal story of unexpected beauty, capturing the purest essence of what it means to be alive.

'A moving, enlightening and gripping tale' – Financial Times

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447210986
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 284 g
Dimensions: 196 x 131 x 26 mm


Chariots of Fire – with oars [Brown’s] descriptions of the key races are exciting and dramatic, and it is impossible not to get wrapped up in the emotion - The Times

Like Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit and Michael Lewis’s Moneyball before it, The Boys in the Boat has all the ingredients for a film adaptation . . . a moving, enlightening and gripping tale. - Financial Times

Daniel James Brown has written a robust, emotional snapshot of an era, a book you will recommend to your best friends. - James Bradley, Flags of Our Fathers, Flyboys, The Imperial Cruise

A fine-grained portrait of the Depression era . . . inspiring - Guardian

The Boys in the Boat is a triumph of great writing matched with a magnificent story. Daniel James Brown strokes the keyboard like a master oarsman, blending power and grace to propel readers toward a heart-pounding finish. - Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Lost in Shangri-La and Frozen in Time.

For this nautical version of Chariots of Fire, Brown crafts an evocative, cinematic prose … studded with engrossing explanations of rowing technique and strategy, exciting come-from-behind race scenes, and the requisite hymns to "mystic bands of trust and affection" forged on the water. - Publishers Weekly

A story this breathtaking demands an equally compelling author, and Brown does not disappoint. The narrative rises inexorably, with the final 50 pages blurring by with white-knuckled suspense as these all-American underdogs pull off the unimaginable. - The Seattle Times

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“A brilliant read !”

This is an excellent book in every respect. It is beautifully written , the story of the main character is riveting, the information about the training of the Boat Race team is fascinating and at the same time we... More

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For anyone interested in rowing this is a splendid book. Maybe because the author is not himself a rower he has captured very well the pleasure (and pain) of the sport.

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“A fabulous gripping story even if you have no interest in rowing”

I saw this in The Times as one of their recommended reads. I have no real interest in rowing other than cheering on the British boats at the Olympics, but this book absolutely gripped me. I read it in a couple of... More

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