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The Boys in the Boat; Daniel James Brown
| published July 28, 2015 |

By Karen Franklin Thursday Review contributor

Although a bit repetitive at times—perhaps emulating the mind-numbing and physical act of rowing—this true life story of a group of American college men overcoming incredible odds to win the 1936 Olympic Crew Gold Medal (yes, beating Hitler's vaunted team) was quite engaging. These fellows were "Depression-age" children and young adults—some abandoned by their families, some still able to live "high on the hog." How they came to mingle and then to gel into a first class rowing team for the University of Washington is still a tale worthy of the term "epic." Excellent read.

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