"The Boys In The Boat" is a book by Daniel James Brown. It is about the young men from the United States Rowing Team in the 1936 Olympics, who against great odds, won the Gold Medal!
The 1936 Olympics...everyone should remember them as the Olympics where Jesse Owens won four gold medals for track! (Also, Louis Zamperini was on the same track team and recalled that Jesse Owens looked out for him while they were in Berlin. Louis called him "a prince of a guy". So these men on the rowing team were in the same group of athletes as Jesse Owens and Louis Zamperini!)
Now, I have only found out about this book but it is most certainly on my list of books that I will read very soon! (And it looks as if it has now being made into a movie, so look out for it!)
How do you know if you are a big fan of non-fiction books? When you look up a book and see the comments made by other non-fiction authors and you recognize every one of those authors!
The following is what some of my favorite authors had to say about "The Boys In The Boat"...
" I really can't rave enough about this book. It's like Chariots of Fire with oars." .....David Laskin (Author of "The Children's Blizzard"...a fascinating book, but a very sad one, which I do recommend.)
"The Boys In the Boat" is not only a great and inspiring true story; it is a fascinating work of history". Nathaniel Philbrick (author of "In the Heart of the Sea".)
"...a book you will recommend to your best friends". James Bradley (author of "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Flyboys".)
"Well told history, packed with suspense and a likable bunch of underdogs at the heart of an improbable triumph."...Timothy Egan, author of "The Worst Hard Time"
There was also a review of the book by the author Mitchell Zuckoff (who wrote "Lost In Shangri-La" and "Frozen In Time")...but I can't find that quote for you! (If I find it, I will edit this and let you know what it is.)
This makes me also want to read the other books by Daniel James Brown. They are:
"The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Story of A Donner Party Bride"
"Under A Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894"
You know you are a non-fiction fan when you want to tell everyone about all the great non-fiction books out there AND you hate it when you read the review written by Amazon that says..."a nonfiction book that reads like a novel." !!! NO!!! Please, I cringe every single time I read or hear that....it reads like a well written book of non-fiction!
Bring on the true stories! I can't get enough of them.
These photos are from last weekend from our trip to Stone Mountain. That last photo was taken from the parking lot and we even like the view from there! We always say good-bye to the mountain until next time. We really do love it so. I guess you can tell!