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

Absolutely fantastic nonfiction book about a boat of young men from the University of Washington who row crew in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. As the book tracks one young man through the story, it also relays the historical context around him, from the Depression and the Dust Bowl, to the Hitler’s rise and Germany’s preparation for the Games. Informative, inspirational, and a riveting read, I cannot recommend it more highly.

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