The Boys in the Boat

By Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
  • Release Date: 2013-06-04
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
Score: 4.5
From 3,330 Ratings


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

Soon to be a major motion picture directed by George Clooney

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.


  • Keeps you tuned with emotions

    By Jmoras
    Simple enough, beautifully written!
  • Incredible

    By 😎🙃😂
    This book is amazing. Low key I really hate Thula tho.
  • Great book

    By mpfannes
    Little slow to start but great book about a time when people needed hope
  • Boys in the boat

    By pjh6564
    Great. Just great
  • Great Story

    By Sherlock's Holmes
    Fantastic, well written book
  • Boys on the Boat

    By Sparky 123!!!
    An amazing read , history, grit and true hero’s
  • Top 5 Favorites

    By jon_wayne22
    I loved this book!
  • Excellent... triumph of the spirit

    By KathyNYC
    Not just the history of the win, but Fascinating history of the time. Loved it
  • Love it

    By prakashpreeti
    Must read
  • Great book

    By Nitawka
    Loved this book. The personalities of all the boys was really interesting. Makes you proud to be a westerner.