The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat

By Daniel James Brown

  • Release Date: 2013-06-04
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
Score: 4.5
From 4,274 Ratings


Now a Major Motion Picture Directed by George Clooney

The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about the American Olympic rowing triumph in Nazi Germany—from the author of Facing the Mountain.

For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

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.


  • Full Awesomeness!

    By Bmmrgal
    Very riveting! i laughed, I cried and I got mad. What an awesome story! Thank you for writing this book.
  • Best book ever!

    By Shrrwlcx
    I loved reading this book about the true life story of Joe Rantz and his grit to survive and finally become an Olympian with his crew in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
  • An Amazing Story Beautifully Written

    By JNEP11
    One of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read.
  • The Boys In The Boat

    By Xfanman
    One of the best books I’ve ever read! The writing and detail is amazing. I recently viewed the movie. It is excellent but the book is much more complicated and interesting.
  • An Amazing story

    By pjmorum
    I found this to be one of those books you just can’t put down! The story manages to immerse the reader into the lives and experiences of these incredible men.
  • Enthralling from start to finish

    By Kmb4uky
    I never expected to be enthralled about rowing, but this story captured my imagination immediately and held me captive through the last paragraph. I’m so glad I know about these men and what they achieved at such a difficult time in history.
  • Story

    By Imrod
    What a wonderful storyteller.
  • The Boys in the Boat

    By julianattaway
  • Excellent

    By wordmaven1
    I have finished this book for the second time. I just want to say thank you to James for writing it. This book encapsulates the good the bad and ugly, but in such a profound way. Those nine men and the two coaches display characteristics that are almost impossible to find in people today. Truly the greatest generation. Everyone should read this book.
  • The Boys In The Boat

    By Red2184
    A great story about the human struggle for success and acceptance told in an outstanding manner.