“The Boys in the Boat” follows the American crew team that competed and won gold at the 1936 Olympics in Germany. This book is a different genre from those that I usually read, but it’s an incredibly inspiring story. Although it follows the lives of all nine members of the crew team, it focuses specifically on one teammate: Joe Rantz.
What I perhaps enjoyed most about this story was that it didn’t just talk about the crew team itself. It actually tells the entire life story of Joe Rantz, as well as summarizes the lives of all the other crew members. Not only that, but it goes into great detail about what was happening in Europe at the time of the Olympics as it was being taken over by Hitler.
The story was incredibly well-researched, and I enjoyed from an historical perspective. However, it was also written in such a way that as I read about each rowing event, I found my palms sweating and I was on the edge of my seat. It had the same effect as any popular sports movie, and I was very impressed with the style of writing.
Because this is a true and amazing story, I can’t really judge the book the way I would any other that I’ve read this year. Suffice it to say that the author definitely did his homework and did justice to all of the incredible men and women who helped the USA take away a gold medal in 1936.
I believe this book is also being made into a movie, so be watching for trailers.