June Book Club

Join the book club for a discussion of The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.

Cost: Free
Registration: No Registration Required


Greetings from your alumni club!

The Pittsburgh Book Club will meet at Shadyside Coffee Tree Roasters at 7PM on Tuesday, June 14, to discuss The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.

The non-fiction book is about the University of Washington eight-oared crew which represented the United States in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, and narrowly beat out Italy and Germany to win the Gold Medal.

All nine members of the Washington team came from lower middle class families and had to struggle to earn their way through school during the depths of the Depression. The book describes the importance of synchronization of the eight rowers as they respond to the commands of the coxswain and his communications with the stroke, consistent pacing, and sprint to the finish so that all team members are left completely exhausted and in pain at the end of a competitive race.

The book also explains how the Nazis successfully covered up the evidence of their harsh and inhumane treatment of the Jews so as to win worldwide applause for the 1936 Olympic Games.

All comes together with a description of the final race. During the 1930s, rowing was a popular sport with millions following the action on the radio. The victorious Olympians became national heroes.
Event Contact
Bill Schlachter MPP '08
bill.schlachter@gmail.com

Staff Liaison
Ritu Prasad, AB'14
alumniclubs@uchicago.edu
773.702.8955