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“This is a great book to read. The author kept you ingaged from chapter to chapter. Brown is a real story teller. The way he described the scenes from Seattle to Berlin and then gave you just enough info on Hitler and other Nazi leaders was terrific. I highly recommend this book.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Very good book ”Carolyn C Jones wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Story of the Washington crew team that goes to the 1936 Olympics in Germany.”Ibby wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So much history! Loved it. ”Joy wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Even though I knew the ending, this was the most gripping, engaging book I have read in a very long time. ”Kathy Rhino wrote this review Monday, November 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When I was 10 and 11 years old, I used to walk home from school reading a book. The sidewalks were clear and it wasn't very far anyway so I thought it was normal until my brothers began to rib me for it. In 5th Grade, I read sport biographies and adventure stories as fast as I could. Eventually, I outgrew that kind of story for others but after reading this sports biography, I remember why I read all those books years ago. It took me out of my problems; I saw heroism and valor spelled out; I traveled to another age with individuals who seemed just like me but of course, weren't. Reading Brown's history brings all this back to me.
My enjoyment with this reading came with Brown's curlicue forays into the history and culture of the 1930s. And since I used to live in Seattle many years ago and now live on the Olympic Peninsula, many of the landmarks and locations appeared in my experience. Best of all, though, is Brown's ability to recapture the thrill of the races. He relates the rowing matches with gripping reality and I felt like was there too instead of merely reading.
I recommend this biography for those who read and enjoyed reading Unbroken. I gained a new respect for rowing and racing that I didn't have before.”
“My favorite non-fiction book of the year. It's about a rowing team, but so much more. You better get on the reserve list now.”Tamra H wrote this review Friday, November 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“9”Joni H wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow. What an amazing story! Who knew that rowing could be such a nail-biter...and against the Nazis no less! Herman Edward is an outstanding reader for the audio version. The epilogue had me tearing up in the parking lot before I had to go into the office to work. (Nothing like explaining the smudged mascara is from a book!) Rumor has it that Kenneth Branaugh has negotiated the movie rights. He will make a fine Pocock”Jennifer S wrote this review Friday, October 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wonderful read...history of the depression era, the world of crew, U.S. Northwest, Olympics, boat construction.”Jean Ives wrote this review Thursday, October 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I started recommending this to friends even before I finished listening to it. I loved the story itself: this was no easy cruise to glory! Through all the obstacles, setbacks and struggles, I cheered for the goodhearted heroes. I also loved who the story was set in the broader context of the 1930s: the Great Depression and the rise of Nazism. For readers who loved Seabiscuit and Unbroken; for those who understand how sport reveals and refines character; for those who appreciate the interconnection between individual lives and the broader sweep of history.”BJ wrote this review Sunday, October 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No