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Daniel James Brown was born in Berkeley, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford University. mostrar mais He is the author of The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride, Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894, and The Boys in the Boat. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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As a fan of all things sports, I love rooting for the underdog. And “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown is the epitome of the underdog story. By the end, you’ll feel like you know the nine college students that made up the University of Washington’s 1936 crew team and you’ll be cheering as they row their way to victory over the Nazis at the Berlin Olympics.

Joe Rantz is the heart of this story as it’s his life experiences that are woven into all the details throughout the University of Washington crew team’s journey to the Olympics. He’ll introduce you to the other boys in the boat, the sport of rowing, what life was like during the Great Depression, and how the team overcame immense obstacles in competition to become gold medalists.

Before picking this book up, I knew nothing about the sport of rowing. My knowledge of the 1936 Berlin Olympics was limited to the four gold medals Jesse Owens won in track and field. Plus, all I knew about the Great Depression was what I was taught in school. The way in which “The Boys in the Boat” expanded what I knew about each is why this is one of my go-to recommendations.

“The Boys in the Boat” is about beating the odds, finding hope in desperate times, and how a group of ordinary college boys trying to survive did the extraordinary. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, this is a story worth discovering more about.
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flipper_ace | 261 outras críticas | Apr 22, 2024 |
This was a tough book to read. Most have heard of the Donner Party, but this book covers the expedition in detail, mostly through the experience of Sarah Graves, a survivor. Mistakes, bad advice and motives contributed to the disaster. The lost and desperate emigrants resorted to not only cannibalism but also murder. Is this heroic? The author closes the book with this: " hope is the hero's domain, not the Fool's Because if we dare to hope even when doing so might undo us- we leave the worlds we create behind us, swirling in our wakes eternal and effervescent with the beauty of our aspirations. "
Something to think about.
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Chrissylou62 | 62 outras críticas | Apr 11, 2024 |
Gr 5 Up—This focuses on four young Japanese Americans who fought for their country during World War II, three
on the warfront and one as a protester in the courts—all despite the treacherous Executive Order 9066, which
incarcerated all people of Japanese descent. Equal parts enraging and inspiring, this is narrative nonfiction at its
BackstoryBooks | 18 outras críticas | Apr 1, 2024 |
Exactly what I needed right now. A group of working class underdogs bond together to go and give Hitler a black eye. Somehow, though I knew the ending all along, the author kept me in the edge of my seat.
cspiwak | 261 outras críticas | Mar 6, 2024 |



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