I had the opportunity to attend the Baltimore Book Festival on Sunday, September 27th. I went to hear Daniel James Brown speak about his wonderful book
"Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics."
Brown describes his writing technique as narrative history. It isn't dry in the least with fact after fact. Rather it weaves in feelings and depth of character so that you feel you are there cheering them on from the shoreline, in the boat pulling on those oars, and experiencing the emotional upheavals of life in the Great Depression.
Brown met the daughter of one of the rowers in Seattle where Brown lived. She brought him then to meet her father who had read some of Brown's other work. The daughter, Judy, had an ulterior motive - she wanted someone to write about her father's achievement and that of the other eight. Her father was in his last months when Brown met him, but Judy had for years pumped her father about his life and made meticulous notes. With the research Judy had done and four years more that Brown did, the tale of these 8 rowers and the coxswain, their coaches, the boatbuilder, the City of Seattle, and the Great Depression come to life.
Here's Daniel James Brown's website to read more. But then you must get this book and read it.
My book club discussed in at our meeting in September and it was unanimous that it is outstanding!