Read this as part of the 'One Maryland, One Book' program sponsored by MD libraries. Wasn't sure when I started it whether I would like it. But it picked up and I totally enjoyed it. Details the crew of the 1936 Olympic 8-man rowing crew from Washington (State) University. Absolutely amazing the struggles each went through during the Depression. Covers a lot of info re: rowing, etc. Spotlight on one of the crew members, Joe Rantz, and his life. Being abandoned by his family and left to fend for himself, how he put himself through college, the struggles with self-image, and their amazing win at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Berlin. Some background into the Nazi state in Germany at the time ties in beautifully, but not the major focus. Great read!
Books like this are the reason I'm so thankful for book groups! I never would have picked up a nonfiction sports story for myself, but it was the book of the month for our group and I loved it! It's as much about the character of those in the American west as it is about crew, and the history of Nazi propaganda related to the Olympics is disturbing and fascinating.