Sunday, February 17, 2019

Book Recommendation. The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. By Daniel James Brown

This book was a selection of the book club we belong to and I’m glad it was. Otherwise, I probably would not have read this NYT best seller. As you might expect, I learned a great deal about the sport of rowing from it. And I learned about the impact of the Great Depression in a micro way, on the lives of individuals. The millennial snowflakes of today would do well to read it and discover what it was like to try to go to college when your family had no money, the government wasn’t giving out taxpayer money to students like candy (driving up the cost of college), and you had to work summers and nights at grueling, physical jobs to make it. It is beautiful written, and you cannot help but be inspired by this story of poor American boys from the west coast overcoming all odds to beat other American teams, and to win the Olympics, despite the Nazi’s efforts to tilt the rowing field in favor on the German and Italian teams and against the Americans and British.

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