10/21/15 ** I found the first half to be more compelling than the second half. The early life, setbacks, and perseverance of Joe Rantz, the focal team member was riveting. The author told the tale with compassion; also, he clearly linked the skills Joe learned early in life with his three years in crew.
The second half of the book focused more on the mechanics of racing - number of strokes per minute, strategy of racing, race conditions, etc. These were important to the University of Washington's crew team's win of the gold medal, but were inherently less interesting to me.
All told though, this is a book worth reading, whether one is into racing or not.