Summary of The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown | Includes Analysis
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936
Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown, is a non-fiction account of the
remarkable life story of Joe Rantz. Rantz was a determined young man who
overcame personal tragedy and hardship to win a gold medal at the 1936 Olympics
as a member of the US rowing team.
When Joe was four, his mother, Nellie, died of throat cancer. His father, Harry,
went to Canada. He sent Joe to Pennsylvania to live with his Aunt Alma while his
older brother, Fred, returned to college. A year later, Fred had graduated college
and married Thelma. He sent for Joe to live with him and his new wife.
Joe’s father returned and built a new house in Spokane, Washington. He married
Thelma’s sister, Thula, a talented violinist. Joe moved in with Harry and Thula…
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