Audible The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics – Mariahilff.de

For readers of Laura Hillenbrand s Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler sBerlin OlympicsDaniel James Brown s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington seight oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self regard and to find a place he can call home The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimismDrawing on the boys own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once in a lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times the improbable, intimate story of nine working class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam s The Amateurs The Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons s Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds s review here on goodreads pushed me to read this book and I am so glad I did as I loved every moment of it.I read this on Kindle oh how I wish I owned a Hard Copy of this book and I listened to it on audio and what wonderfulThe Boys In The Boat in an extremely beuatifually written account of the Universary of Washingtons s Rowing team that won a gold Metal in 1936 Berlin Olympics I had no real desire to read a book about sport let alone read a book about rowing but something about a frinds s review here on goodreads pushed me to read this book and I am so glad I did as I loved every moment of it.I read this on Kindle oh how I wish I owned a Hard Copy of this book and I listened to it on audio and what wonderful narrator Edward Hermann is He just made this book come alive and what a wonderful easy listening voice he has.Yes for those of you out there wondering if there are descriptions of boat building and rowing techniques and stragaties but there is so muchto this stroy I fell in love with Joe Ranrz and his story and zest for life, I loved the details given of the Berlin Olympics and how Hitler tried to showcase Germany to the rest of the world I learned so much from this book I also really enjoyed the sense of time and place set around the depression in America.Above all I It is an inspirational story of eight young men from different backgrounds who learned to work as a team and overcome tremendous obstacles, defeating elite teams from other universities and finally the German crew in Berlin.A terrific read and one that I am so glad I did not miss out on Thank you Diane I don t know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down Everything else I was reading was put aside I then realized I would not finish it before I had to leave and besides, I wanted to OWN it So I got the Kindle version Besides, my son was also reading it and we had two book marks, his and mine in the book So I don t know why I put off reading this book so long, except I was reading other things BUT when I went to visit my son, who is the grandson of Joe Rantz and named his son Joe after him, I began reading their copy and could not put it down Everything else I was reading was put aside I then realized I would not finish it before I had to leave and besides, I wanted to OWN it So I got the Kindle version Besides, my son was also reading it and we had two book marks, his and mine in the book So it made things easier.Wow, I was surprised at all the things I learned about Joe and Joyce I had not known before I remember holding Joe s Olympic gold medal long ago when I first married his son, the first and last such medal I have ever held I remember because it made such an impression on me I remember the talk of the other boys and how they got together and I remember being invited to the planting of the tree for Joseph Rantz but did not go I don t remember why I have always proudly told everyone that my son s grandfather won an Olympic Gold Medal in Hitler s Germany in 1936 Who else can say that Not many But really, I had no idea what was involved in that accomplishment But after reading this book I realize how very special those boys were, and how important it was that it all came together, the very special men who all had hard upbringings, who had to scrape and scratch for every morsel they ever got, the now legendary boat maker and the coxswain It took a very unique mix of ingredients to make that win happen and take home that Gold Medal But it had to be told in a way that we could all see it,feel it, get it And Daniel Brown did just that He interviewed Joe Rantz months before his death I remember a man who was tall, handsome, strong and always willing to help I remember as a young single mother after I had divorced his son, how very warm and welcoming they were to me and how Joe would not only fix my broken down cars but would show me how he did it I remember when he fell from the tree when he was still out there too late in his life, climbing trees and cutting them down I remember saying to myself, if only I could find a man like him, I would keep him He was my ideal man but I had no idea how he came to be that man So now I know.Update Sadly last December 15th 2016 At 1 15 pm Joseph Devon Rantz, great grandson of Joe Rantz, was killed in a car accident riding with his friend who was driving in the pouring rain The car hydroplaned in the rain crossed the median and hit a utility truck and then the bridge abutment Both boys were wearing seatbelts but the driver was thrown from the car into Dry Creek Both boys were killed instantly We have had tremendous, kind support from the community We were devastated and just broken by the loss He was a good kid, 18 years old in his senior year of high school, a lefty pitcher on the varsity baseball team We loved him and miss him every day If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me But you d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you will thank me for it Daniel James Brown has done something extraordinary here We may already know the outcome of that Olympic race, but the pacing is exceptional Brown juxtaposes descriptions of crew training in Sea If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to attend the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, you may not believe me But you d need to back up your opinion by reading this book first, and you will thank me for it Daniel James Brown has done something extraordinary here We may already know the outcome of that Olympic race, but the pacing is exceptional Brown juxtaposes descriptions of crew training in Seattle with national races against the IV League in Poughkeepsie we see developments in a militarizing Germany paired with college competitions in depression era United States individual portraits of the boys now dead are placed alongside cameos of their coaches he shares details of the early lives of a single oarsman, Joe Rantz, with details of his wife s parallel experiences.The 1936 Olympics in Berlin was the stuff of legend, when Jesse Owens swept four gold medals in field and track, but a Washington crew team won that summer also, against great odds How that victory took place and how a group of great athletes became great competitors is something Daniel James Brown spent five years trying to articulate Quotes from George Pocock, crafter of cedar shells, head each chapter, sharing his experience watching individual oarsmen become a team At various times I have heard sports like baseball or golf, and now crew, described as the thinking man s game I like to imagine that any sport, particularly a team sport, is best performed when one is thinking Surely strategies and tactics are involved But when a team sport is performed fast and in key, there is something organic in its growth and peak performance that transcends thinking For one thing, there is the sustained coordinated rhythm of many bodies performing as one, starting from zero and demanding as much as two hundred heartbeats per minute in a sprint, erasing the individual and coalescing into something much bigger than each individual effort could achieve This particular crew overcame the usual and expected race day catastrophes to deliver the sweetest win they or their coaches had ever experienced It is a story at the time and on the level of the historic Seabiscuit An American Legend victory speaking of the horse, the race, and the book by Laura Hillenbrand One of the things about a great book is the energy one derives from having encountered it Great teachers generate interest in a subject and Brown did that in this book Even if you have no knowledge of or interest in rowing before you begin, you will be fascinated by the end In addition, Brown tells us some things about the Third Reich and Leni Reifenstahl s photography for Hitler and of the 1936 Olympics that makes me want to revisit that film record Reifenstahl had taken pictures after the event of the rowing crews from inside their boats, among other things, and when the film Olympia came out two years later, it cemented her reputation as a great filmmaker Of course she is best known for creating the great propaganda film, Triumph of the Will She used camera angles and techniques that had never been used before and was extraordinarily successful in supporting the political machine that was Germany in the 1930s A film version of The Boys in the Boat is scheduled, reputedly with Kenneth Branagh directing, which is sure to capture further interest in this remarkable story A radio interview with Daniel James Brown is available to download from San Francisco radio station KLLC radioalice In it Daniel James Brown shares a little of his narrative non fiction technique of keeping readers dangling at critical moments and turning instead to talk of parallel events to keep the tension high He does it better than almost anyone writers take note I believe I can guarantee this title either you or someone close to you will find this a riveting summer read I am pleased to be able to offer a giveaway of this title through my blog, ending August 15, 2013 just enough time to receive it and read it before summer ends So all of you unsure whether nonfiction is your thing, put aside your reservations, add your name to the list, and see if this story doesn t float your boat I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc and, while watching, you become an expert at all the finer points of the sport The Boys in the Boat is the perfect example of this type of story And, with the Winter Olympics coming up, the perfect way to whet I love books and movies that get you interested in sports you never cared about before Also, I love how the Olympics does the same thing You turn on the TV and suddenly life itself depends on the outcome of some not quite mainstream sport like biathlon, cycling, diving, curling, etc and, while watching, you become an expert at all the finer points of the sport The Boys in the Boat is the perfect example of this type of story And, with the Winter Olympics coming up, the perfect way to whet my appetite for the competition.In this case, the sport is rowing The underdogs are the working class Western US college boys competing against the upper class Ivy Leaguers of the East The true story of their progress to success and Olympic glory is enthralling The writing is superb You will find yourself falling in love with rowing even if you have never seen an oar slice through the water before History buffs, sports fans, and people who love a good story about the disrespected underdog finding ultimate success in the end this book is for you Side note this book also does a great job capturing the development of the Nazi regime as they rose to power while preparing for the 1936 Olympics The stories of whitewashing the towns to cover up poverty and the newly established oppression of Jews and other minorities is heart wrenching Tales of the propaganda machine and the wool pulled over the eyes of the world is amazing At one point, the author goes through a list of the things the athletes did not see , and I was wondering if this was an intentional play on Nazi.A 5 star book I am sad that it is over