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Fantastic book about University of Washington rowing team and their quest to win at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. I didn't think a book about rowing would keep my attention but this was a very exciting, well written history book

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Originally Posted by Poot_Carr
Fantastic book about University of Washington rowing team and their quest to win at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. I didn't think a book about rowing would keep my attention but this was a very exciting, well written history book

Read that years back….truly a good read.


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Great book! I've listened to it on audible twice now-the narrator did a great job.

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Great read even if you have no rowing blood in you. i rowed out of the cornel boathouse through high school (poughkeepsie) and continued on out of the marist boathouse in college. proud to say the nine boys in my boat won a national title in 1972, had a fifty year reunion and are the closest group of athletes you will ever meet to this day! george clooney has the movie rights to the book, visited campus (not selected for movie location) and is in production as we speak..My seven surviving teammates and i are counting the days till the premier.

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Poot Carr: That indeed was/is a fantastic book!
In fact it was a New York Times "Best Seller" and "Book of the Year" by two other prestigious Academic Societies.
I loved that book and related very closely to the humble beginnings of most all the rowers and their parents.
I was born within rock throwing distance of the lake the University of Washington Crew trained in and lived thereabouts for 50 years.
Eventually I became a Seattle Police Officer and when I had enough seniority I applied to work the Harbor Unit and after a time I qualified and was accepted there.
I worked the graveyard shift and at first light the University of Washington crews could be seen rowing their guts out in the cold damp air most every day.
That 1936 Olympic Gold Medal winning "shell" was on display in the University of Washington Crew Boat House.
I have seen and admired it many times in the distant past (last time 1997).
I constantly admired the dedication those young crew members displayed in their training and in their many competitions that I saw and worked at.
I have loaned my copy of "Boys In The Boat" to numerous friends and relatives and to a person they all agreed on what an absolutely outstanding book it is.
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