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The Boys in the Boat: Introduction
The Boys in the Boat: Plot Summary
The Boys in the Boat: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Boys in the Boat: Themes
The Boys in the Boat: Quotes
The Boys in the Boat: Characters
The Boys in the Boat: Symbols
The Boys in the Boat: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Daniel James Brown
Historical Context of The Boys in the Boat
Other Books Related to The Boys in the Boat
- Full Title: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
- When Written: 2009-2012
- Where Written: Berkeley, California
- When Published: June 4, 2013
- Genre: Narrative nonfiction
- Setting: University of Washington, USA and Berlin, Germany, in the 1930s
- Climax: The rowing finals at the 1936 Olympics
- Point of View: Third person omniscient, with occasional first-person asides
Extra Credit for The Boys in the Boat
Movies and TV shows. The Boys in the Boat proved so popular that plans were made almost immediately to adapt it for the screen. PBS released a documentary version of the book, The Boys of ’36, and a film version is currently in the works.
Awards collector. Brown has won or been nominated for many notable literary awards: he was a finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and won the 2014 Washington State Book Award for Nonfiction.