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June 29, 2020
Arshay Cooper's memoir "A Most Beautiful Thing," the true story of America's first all-Black high school rowing team, seems to be made for the present moment.  more

Books about Rowing
Rediscovering 'The Red Rose Crew'
June 1, 2020
It's surreal to think that 20 years have passed since the publication of Dan Boyne's 'The Red Rose Crew.' Now, with the recent announcement hat Sports Illustrated Studios is the process of developing a film based on the book, the story of the 1975 US Women's Eight deserves another look.  more

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The Full Story of 'The Kiwi Pair'
May 6, 2020
Co-written with NZ sports journalist Scotty Stevenson, 'The Kiwi Pair' by Hamish Bond and Eric Murray is a ripping read.  more

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'Thor Nilsen: Rowing's Global Coach'
January 28, 2020
Norwegian rowing coach Thor Nilsen may be the most important rowing coach you've barely (or never) heard of. Chris Dodd's most recent book aims to remedy that.  more

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'More Power: The Story of Jurgen Grobler'
January 22, 2020
Just in time for the ramp towards the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Chris Dodd and High Matheson's book looks at a coach who has massively impacted the global rowing world; this is not an understatement, for we are talking about the GB's Jurgen Grobler.  more

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Rowing Lessons, Simply Told
September 25, 2019
Fred Borchelt's new eBook, "Another Power 10," devotes 10 chapters to technique, training, psychology and all-around advice for rowers and coaches.  more

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Andy Larkin's Life in Boats
November 20, 2018
Andy Larkin's rowing memoir, 'My Life in Boats, Fast and Slow' is anchored by the intriguing, seldom-told tale of Harvard's 1968 varsity, the US Olympic crew, and its role in the Olympic Project for Human Rights.  more

New Book by Toby Ayer
The Sphinx of the Charles, re-examined
March 14, 2017
In 50 years of coaching at Harvard, from 1963 until his death in June of 2013, Harry Parker left a trail of myth and legend alongside a long list of accomplishments. Toby Ayer's new book takes another look at both the myths and the man.  more

Boathouse Row is a Philadelphia landmark famous for the lights that welcome travelers and tourists at night and is synonymous with the origins of American rowing. But the story behind the structures and people is more than tale of athletes and boat clubs, and Dotty Brown's "Boathouse Row: Waves of Change in the Birthplace of American Rowing" captures those stories.  more

Carlo Zezza's Racing Guide
'Winning Head Races'
September 23, 2015
As we roll into the fall season, rowers and coaches have an added resource for their "Rowing How-to" libraries this year.  more

New Book by Ginny Gilder
Course Correction
June 9, 2015
As rowers we know that often rowing mirrors reality – the camaraderie and joy, right along with pain and heartache. In Course Correction, Ginny Gilder's debut book, she reminisces about the intersection of life and rowing.  more

New Book by Fred Borchelt
Power 10 - An Olympian Shares 10 Ways to Improve Your Rowing
December 28, 2014
Brad Alan Lewis reviews Power 10 - An Olympian Shares 10 Ways to Improve Your Rowing, a new book by Fred Borchelt.  more

New Book by Chris Dodd
Bonnie Brave Boat Rowers
November 25, 2014
"Bonnie Brave Boat Rowers: The heroes, seers and songsters of the Tyne" is the latest book from British Rowing Journalist Chris Dodd.  more

New Book by Ron Irwin
Flat Water Tuesday
November 4, 2014
Ron Irwin's debut novel, Flat Water Tuesday, follows Rob Carrey - sculler turned sweep rower - as he prepares for the biggest race of the year: the Tuesday Warwick Race.  more

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'The Boys in the Boat'
June 23, 2013
Daniel James Brown’s "The Boys in the Boat," the story of the 1936 University of Washington Crew that won the Berlin Olympics, is above all another tale from America’s Greatest Generation.  more

New Book by Chris Dodd
'Pieces of Eight'
June 26, 2012
Chris Dodd’s new rowing history “Pieces of Eight,” which focuses on the short, but eventful and successful Bob Janousek era in Great Britain from 1970 – 1976 is an engaging history of a critical point in British rowing history where that nation's rowing culture was turned towards a new, modern approach to rowing internationally.  more

'Ever True: The History of Brown Crew'
A Big Book of Bruno
January 23, 2012
Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time on a rowing team will appreciate the animus behind the newly revised edition of the 2009 book "Ever True: The History of Brown Crew."  more

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Racing Yesterday, by Andy Baxter
December 10, 2010
If life is about the journey and not the destination, Andy Baxter and Stephen Kiesling are experts at life. They have journeyed on a rough path (or water) and both, in their own time and style, have written about it.  more

As baby-boomers age and personal physicians makes pleas for patients to improve health, many head for their nearest fitness center. Not Scott Collins - he headed to the local boathouse.  more

David & James Livingston's 'Blood over Water'
Blues Brothers
December 1, 2010
There are brothers in arms, and then there are brothers that will do (almost) anything to beat each other. David & James Livingston's book "Blood over Water" tells a gripping story about the latter.  more

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