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If you liked The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel Brown

A group of working class youths from the University of Washington rowing team emerged from obscurity to defeat a field of elite international rivals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. A true “Cinderella story” that is a fast-paced, emotionally charged account of the players' and coaches’ struggles, set against stark Depression-era realities.

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Seabiscuit : an American Legend (2001)

by Laura Hillenbrand

No one could guess that Seabiscuit would become the most popular racehorse of the 20th century. But thanks to his owner, his dedicated trainer and his jockeys, Seabiscuit made racing history. Even President Roosevelt halted work to listen to the race between Seabiscuit and his foe, War Admiral.

The Three-year Swim Club : the Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory (2015)

by Julie Checkoway

This book is the inspiring story of how a group of poor Japanese-American kids from Hawaii were transformed into Olympic-level swimming champions.

Triumph : the Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics (2007)

by Jeremy Schaap

Based on interviews, family sources and archival research, this book looks at the accomplishments of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympic Games, providing a portrait of a remarkable man in relation to the intrigues, controversies and political machinations that took place.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place (2004)

by Aron Ralston

Mountaineer Aaron Ralston survived a near-fatal accident by amputating his own arm when it became trapped behind a boulder in Utah. He describes how he endured five days of hypothermia, dehydration and hallucinations before managing his own rescue.

Unstoppable : from Underdog to Undefeated : How I Became a Champion (2012)

by Anthony Robles

The powerful and inspiring story of Anthony Robles, three-time all-American wrestler, who was born without his right leg. An inspiring tale of living with a disability and the story of a man whose spirit conquered adversity.