Book Club: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

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Event:
Book Club: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Start:
May 21, 2017 3:00 PM
End:
May 21, 2017 4:00 PM
Category:
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Organizer:
Tania Hajjar
Phone:
970-249-9656 (ext. 3)
Updated:
September 2, 2016
Venue:
Montrose Regional Library Meeting Room
Address:
320 S. 2nd St. , Montrose, CO, 81401, United States

Join us!  The Book Club meets on the third Sunday of the month, from 3 to 4 in the afternoon, in the meeting room at the Library. These books were chosen at the group’s meeting in August 2016. For more information, call Tania Hajjar at 970/249-9656 (ext. 3).

The selection for May 2017 is The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown.

Out of the depths of the Depression comes a story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times – the improbable account of how nine working-class boys showed the world at the 1936 Olympics what true grit really meant.  It was an unlikely quest from the start.  The University of Washington’s crew team, assembled by enigmatic coach and mentored by an eccentric British boat builder, was composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers.  They were never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, transforming the sport, grabbing the attention of millions of Americans, and shocking the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler.  Their trust in each other made them a victorious team, reminding us what can be done when everyone pulls together – a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.  The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world.  Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest. — goodreads.com & amazon.com

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