Non-Fiction Sports

The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown (2013)



This is a fascinating story about the 1939 crew team from the University of Washington and their race in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.  The story mostly follows Joe Rantz, a young man who suffered a horrible youth.


I gave this book 4 stars because a lot of text at the beginning portion focused on the technical aspects of rowing.  Near the end, however, reading about the race was truly nail-biting, even though the reader knows that the American team won the gold at the Olympics.


I also wish the book provided more information about how the Nazi's were so successful in fooling the world of the horrors that were transpiring in Germany at this period of history.


4 Stars.


Read: February 5, 2016