“The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown will be featured at the Danville Public Library Adult Book Discussion on Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. at McFadden’s Hot Spot.
John Bross will be the discussion leader for the program. “The Boys in the Boat” celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic eight-oar rowing team—nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans.
The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers from the American West, the boys took on and defeated successive echelons of privilege and power. They vanquished the sons of bankers and senators rowing for elite eastern universities. They defeated the sons of British aristocrats rowing for Oxford and Cambridge. And finally, in an extraordinary race in Berlin they stunned the Aryan sons of the Nazi state as they rowed for gold in front of Adolf Hitler.
The program is free and open to the public. A copy of the book donated by the Friends of the Library will be given away as a door prize. For more information, call the Danville Public Library at 740-599-BOOK (2665).