"The Boys in the Boat" tells the true story of nine men who were members of the University of Washington crew team. The story shows of their hard work in making the team and their goal of reaching the 1936 Olympics and winning a gold medal.
The story is well researched and details the lives of members of the crew, centering on Joe Rantz. He was a hard working man with great determination. Joe was from a poor family and had to work to help his family while continuing his schooling.
Joe meets Joyce Sanders and realizes that he wants to spend the rest of his life with her. His mother died at a young age and his father remarried. His step-mother never gave Joe any love. That was saved for the children she gave birth to. Eventually, Joe was faced with abandonment and had to adjust.
His hard work was recognized and he was invited to enroll at the University of Washington and tryout for the crew team. There were no athletic scholarships at the time but making the team meant that part time jobs were made available to help pay for the student's expenses.
As Joe and his fellow freshmen were moulded into a championship team, across the country, depression continues. Jobs were hard to find and the dust bowl was a term for the terrible wind storms that blew topsoil away and caused many farmers to go bankrupt.
In Germany, Hitler was rising to power and Dr. Joseph Gobbles was made the German minister of propaganda. Both men hated Jews and the persecution of the Jews became intense.
This is the story of sports, determination and hope of something many shared during the dark days of the depression.
The men travel to Germany and begin seeing the anti-Jewish tone and strict rules of Germany. This renewed their determination to represent the United States and defeat Germany in the rowing Olympics.
I enjoyed the story and sharing the moments of the team in history. There are parts of the book that will remain with me.