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Despite a total lack of interest in rowing and a ...
28 January 2015
Despite a total lack of interest in rowing and a complete ignorance of its history and technical qualities, I found this a very interesting story of the young men who struggled hard to become the US Olympic 8 man rowing team that won gold in the '36 Berlin Olympics, defeating the German team, much to the anger of Hitler. The story is told primarily though the story of one team member who overcame poverty, family breakdown and rejection; through his story, the book powerfully evokes the privations and struggles of Depression-era America. The descriptions of harmony and unity amongst the 8-member team imbue rowing with an almost mystical quality, demonstrating that it is only through total trust and harmony between team members that true excellence is achieved.