Uplifting, inspirational story of nine young men from the University of Washington who took the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Sons of loggers, farmers, and miners with grit and determination, they overcame many disadvantages of their impoverished circumstances during the Depression era to row to victory.
The main character of the story is Joe Rantz , a member of the team who faced unbelievable hardships including the loss of his mother, the rejection by his stepmother, and finally the abandonment of his parents at a very young age, but who still persevered on to row for Washington.
The book captures a fascinating slice of history of the Depression time period and the Germans preparations of the games with Hitler at the helm.
Gripping account of perseverance and teamwork that captures the heart.