One of the best books ever written about a sport. Maintains the suspense to the very last stroke. Halberstam makes us care about the four men, their disappointments and the brutal testing of their friendships. Halberstam delves into the backgrounds of these four men, explores their psyches and tries to explain what drives them.
Cancel anytime. For the first time in almost 30 years, the United States rowing team has a serious chance to win an Olympic medal in the single sculls when four genuine challengers emerge for the opportunity to represent the U. They compete fiercely in a sport that holds no promise of financial reward. What drives these men to endure a physical pain known to no other sport? Who are they? Where do they come from? How do they regard themselves and their competitors?
This is a nonfiction work of the 20th century. It is about a handful of Olympic level athletes. The author is a journalist, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his work for the Americans while Americans are participating in military conflicts in Viet Nam. The book begins with an Olympic trial, which goes largely unnoticed.
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