|This follows the 9 American boys who won Olympic gold in rowing in Berlin in 1936. None of them were raised in privileged homes. They were blue collar boys growing up during the Depression trying to find a better life through education at the University of Washington. They rowed and beat the best in the U. S. and took on the world in 1936 Berlin.
I enjoyed this story. I liked how the story is mainly about Joe Rantz's life. I liked the glimpses I got of the other rowers' lives. The author interwove the stories of the rowers, Joe, the U. S., and Germany together so I got a picture of what was happening concurrently. I have to wonder about the positioning of the race craft at the Olympics. I felt I was at the races each time. His descriptions were so vivid. This read as a novel.