This is a wonderful book. Watching the trials and successes of these incredible boys as they grow into men as part of the University of Washington crewing team and then go on to compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics --- it is a riveting story told against the depression and the ominous, pre-WW11 historic backdrop. I also learned alot about the beauty and history of the sport of rowing and once I started reading -- I couldn't put the book down. --Rosediane Heffernan