My stepfather and I share a mutual love for our Kindles, but ordinarily our reading tastes don’t overlap very much. He recently recommended The Boys in the Boat. I’m glad I decided to read it, because this story has almost all of my favorite ingredients:
Underdogs becoming champions who defeat evil villains with good old fashioned American badassery.
Teamwork and relationship chemistry that can appeal to all genders, without getting romantic (well, on second thought, it does include the factual details of how the main character’s brother gets married to a lovely bride, and then their dad marries her evil twin…but other than that, the book stays away from romance).
Entertainment with learning content that has applications in the business world. Teamwork and coaching are huge where I work. We even have a cultural movement called “The Corporate Athlete.”
A true story, based on historical facts, with primary sources woven into the storyline (for example, a newspaper reporter becomes an actual character).
Design data served as meaningful metaphors written in a style that doesn’t get too woo woo or preachy. The book is sprinkled with short, deep quotes from master boat craftsman George Pocock.
Overall, I say that reading this book was a damn good use of my time, and I highly recommend it. Key takeaway: Wooden boats need to go on the list of vehicles most likely to be chosen by a badass. Speaking of vehicles and badasses, I cannot stop watching Sons of Anarchy on Amazon Prime. Also a highly recommended entertainment option for people who enjoy archetypal tales of leadership and group dynamics.