The 2021 Summer Olympic Games were constrained by a worldwide pandemic. But in 1936 the Games were organized in Germany amid a different global threat: the rise of the Nazi movement and Adolph Hitler’s ambitions of German expansion and veiled plans for warfare. While the accomplishments of U.S. athlete Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics are well known, another American triumph took place at those Games, that of the University of Washington eight-oared crew representing the United States. Their story is set in the depths of the Great Depression. These unlikely heroes, comprised of the working-class sons of farmers, fishermen and loggers, transcended daunting obstacles to defeat first the world-class teams of the elite Ivy League schools and finally, in a climactic sequence, overcame Italy and Germany to win the gold medal. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown recounts their unforgettable story.
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1636 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown DB 77138
Recounts the accomplishments of nine working-class athletes from the University of Washington who beat elite teams at home and abroad and won the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Nazi-orchestrated Berlin Olympics. Bestseller. 2013
A large print version for younger readers (grades 4—7):
The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics: Adapted for Younger Readers by Daniel Brown CL 10548
Both the Winter and Summer Games were held in Germany in 1936. Another book, Berlin Games: How the Nazi's Stole the Olympic Dream, details many athletes’ fascinating stories, but is also an indictment of International Olympic Committee politics and German propaganda successes. 2017.
Berlin Games: How the Nazi's Stole the Olympic Dream by Guy Walters DBC 03898
A complete and thoroughly riveting account of the 1936 Olympic Games, Hitler's grand showcase for Germany's revival and a foreshadowing for the world of the horrors soon to come. 2006