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Updated June 18, 2014
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The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
Credit: amazon.com

Much like Unbroken and Seabiscuit, this true story of beating the odds—here, the young men from working-class American families who bested Hitler’s squad of rowers at the 1936 Berlin Games—is nothing short of gripping.

To buy: $17, amazon.com.