The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown | Digest & Review
Pocock referred to rowing as an art, describing it as “a symphony of motion”. He believed that when someone rowed properly, it was close to reaching “perfection” and when achieved, one “touched the Divine.” The Boys in the Boat is a factual account of an American Olympic victory in Nazi Germany. This heart-warming story gives a personal interpretation of how nine lower-middle class teenagers defy all odds to defeat their adversaries and emerge victorious and true Olympian champions at the 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin. Living through the depression, this eight-oar team stunned the world by beating the German team who were rowing for Adolf Hitler and regardless of everyone believing theirs to be an impossible dream, their pure determination and final accomplishments turned them into national heroes, giving rise to great promise in extremely trying times and changing their lives for the better forever.
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