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Title: Boys In The Boat, The
Authors: Brown, Daniel James
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 392
Year: 2014
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Language: English
Description: Who would have imagined it; trounced by a university rowing team! At the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, a crew of young American lads won gold, defeating the German team who were expected to win. This is the story of these working-class boys, particularly young Joe Rantz who rises from adversity to participate in this triumphant event.

Capturing the difficult economic and social conditions in the US at the time, and the rise of Nazism in Europe, this is a moving and inspiring piece of history given full rein in this detailed story. [Small font]

Comments from Groups:

This was an extremely popular book with our group.Five members gave it 10/10. We felt that we were in the boat with the men. The description was wonderful. It was an emotional story and also such an interesting historical record. Joe was such an amazing person who, despite such adversity, was never bitter. Ultimately it was a triumphant and uplifting book. Highly recommended. Christchurch 001

We all enjoyed this book despite the small print. Recommended by all. Good discussion held. Drummond 001

What a wonderful read. Most of our group had already read this and it was enjoyed again by all. If we had had this one before the survey ( to choose our favourite book) this would have beaten the others. An excellent, well written book. Winton 001

A very dense and verbose story using 10 words where one would do; it nevertheless told quite a compelling and interesting chapter in American social and sporting history. Essentially this was Joe Rantz's story, which was a pretty tragic one. It was amazing what he achieved when compared with his upbringing and circumstances.... Pukeko 001

We all loved 'The Boys in the Boat'. Some loved the detail about the rowing, others enjoyed the background stories of deprivation in the Depression, and the rise of Hitler. The photos added to the book's authenticity and enjoyment. A book to be highly recommended to others. Wellington 050

An excellent discussion. All enjoyed the book - some more than others. Small print not enjoyed. Enjoyed the history - led to greater understanding of the effects of the Depression. Author's style had us in the boat on tenterhooks. Ashburton 003

An excellent book. Provoked a lively and interesting discussion. Riversdale 001

Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Historical, Human Rights, Inspirational, Morals/Ethics, America, What's Hot, Popular Book with Groups, 2017 Titles, Small font

Reviews

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By: NELS 072 2018-08-23 13:49:29
3.5 
Most of our group enjoyed the read, but found it repetitive in places and over explained in others. However we enjoyed reading about Joe and his struggles.

By: TEANA 001 2018-06-01 12:00:20
4 
Most of our group enjoyed this book, although found it a little tedious and repetitive in places. However, an interesting discussion followed where we discussed the techniques of rowing as written about in the book, and all felt more knowledgeable afterwards. Also of interest was the German history pre and during the games. Despite the small print a recommended read.

By: CROMW 004 2018-06-01 11:56:40
4.5 
This was interesting! We all groaned when we first saw this book - NF and very small print. "Who chose that?" HOWEVER, nearly all of us thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well written, very detailed, but a great read. Amazingly clear description of life in the 1930s, the depression years in the USA. Worthwhile, challenging read. We learnt a lot about rowing, USA, the Depression, 1936 Olympics, and pre-war years Germany. Most of all human resilience!

By: DUNED 001 2018-06-01 11:50:41
5 
Those of us who read the book all say it was one of the best books we have ever read. Descriptions included inspiring, emotional, exciting and a phenomenal insight into the dark days of the 1930s.

By: MAST 008 2018-06-01 11:48:39
4.5 
A very interesting book, much enjoyed by the whole group. Some found it tailed off at the end a bit and others that the technicalities of rowing got a bit tedious, but otherwise well-written and exposed a time in history in the U.S. and Europe in a very interesting way. Thoroughly recommend.

By: CHCH 320 2018-06-01 11:44:52
5 
Best book we've read in the BDS. Inspirational and very interesting historically.

By: MAST 003 2018-05-30 15:00:06
5 
We all loved this book. Extremely well-written and a gripping central story, but the interweaving of the family history of the rowers and the political/economic history of America and Germany further enriched the whole reading experience. Highly recommended by our group.

By: PALMN 001 2018-05-30 14:50:29
4 
Everyone who managed to read the book enjoyed it, with several very impressed. However the print was very small which members found quite a challenge.

By: CHCH 238 2018-05-30 14:48:47
5 
An inspirational read. We loved the history of the times as well as the rowing story, and also we loved the story of Joe.

 
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