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The Boys in the Boat Review and Giveaway

June 11, 2013

The Boys In the BoatDaniel James Brown has struck gold with his new book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Viking, 2013). It’s the heartwarming story of nine small-town boys from the University of Washington who, against all odds, rise from their working-class backgrounds to defeat the best rowing teams in the world. The drama unfolds against a backdrop of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl with the final act playing out in front of Hitler at the 1936 Olympics.

Brown captures the era in a time capsule filled with enough details to satisfy both serious history buffs and rowing geeks. His extensive research included interviewing two of the surviving crew members and using diaries, letters, news clippings, and scrapbooks. A dozen of the rower’s children provided Brown with deep insight into the hearts and souls of the boys who ran away with America’s  imagination. The Boys in the Boat will make even the most jaded reader cheer the boys on to the finish line. Watch the book trailer below and then enter to win a copy of this wonderful book.

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of The Boys in the Boat, just email your name and mailing address to Unfortunately, you must reside in the U.S.

Put Giveaway in the e-mail subject line.  One entry per person, please.  Your chance of winning increases if you leave a comment or like the post. I’ll accept entries until midnight on June 14, 2013—at which time I’ll draw the winning name. Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending giveaway winners copies of the book.

Brown will read at Powell’s on June 17th.

Viking, 2013

  1. Another great review, Diane. I always want to read the books you cover. This looks like a sweet story–mixed in with some history, which I would love. That means I’ll need to enter the drawing:-) Crossing my fingers.

  2. Darcy Rietz permalink

    Looks like a great book Diane!

  3. John McNeese permalink

    Diane: Thanks for taking the time to review this book. Life is so good when there is something good to read. Keep finding them for us.

  4. Sounds like a sure thing for a movie!

  5. Claire, the film is in the works! Can you say “Chariots of Fire”?

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