Daniel James Brown
This was a much happier nonfiction book than Unbroken, but written about events that happened near the same time period. In fact, Louis Zamperini was actually briefly mentioned in this one.
The book is about the rowing team from the University of Washington who fought their way to the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Specifically, it focuses on the story of Joe Rantz, one of the eight rowers who would end up on the Olympic team despite all sorts of odds.
The only thing negative I found about this book was that it was a little hard to get into. In fact, I read the first two or three pages about three separate evenings before finally making it through the first chapter. So, it was a bit of a slow read for me – maybe just because of how it was written – more like a documentary than a gripping story. However, I did enjoy the book despite the fact that I have never rowed in a boat or even really paid much attention to regattas or boat racing. I found the details quite interesting, and when the races were being described, I felt as if I were on the edge of my seat watching them for the first time. I thought the story was well done, and I enjoyed learning about this event in history. 5 of 5 stars on Goodreads.