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Ready to learn the most important takeaways from The Boys in the Boat in less than two minutes? Keep reading!
Why This Book Matters:
The Boys in the Boat shares how one group of young boys found themselves in the 1936 Berlin Olympics after battling the Great Depression.
The Big Takeaways:
- A spot on the University of Washington rowing team was something many men wanted, but only a few achieved.
- If During this time in the Greate Depression, the University of Washington was giving jobs to the few men on the rowing team.
- Rowing is all about teamwork.
- When picking the team, the coaches had to not only pick the men who were healthy and capable but find the men who worked the best in unison.
- George Pocock provided University of Washington with the tools they needed to become truly successful.
- Pocock crafted boats that were soon considered some of the best.
- The University of Washington team saw success in their early years, but it was not certain if their success would continue.
- After the first two years, the success of the team was hard to predict.
- The University of Washington coach was forced to switch things up to push his team to the Olympics.
- The team that eventually made it to the Olympics had more in common than just their physical ability; they had similar values, which pushed them to success.