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Historic Context for this triumph of team work,
This review is from: The Boys In The Boat (Hardcover)
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Daniel James Brown has constructed an excellent historical account of the Washington Eight who not only overcame all sorts of personal adversity but finally overcame the propagandist-driven German state machine at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. This is not the first book I have read about coaching and team-working but this one has a tremendous depth of well-drawn context about the life and times in which the protagonists grew up and lived from the dust-bowl of the thirties in America, hot on the heels of the financial collapse at the end of the previous decade, through the manipulation by the Third Reich of 'their' Olympic games, famous for Jesse Owens perhaps rather more than the rowing-crew from the North West reaches of the US; and the Nazi rape of nations.
DJB has undertaken extensive research to develop a wonderful platform and shape to this thoroughly enthralling book. Learn more about the tough times in Europe and the US as well as the overcoming of evil by so much good. A good read and well-worth your personal effort in doing so.