Posted by: jockmackenzie | February 25, 2016


READER OF THE DAY #32 – Terry Morgan is my neighbor and a helluva nice guy. While he was helping me put Chicago bolts into a walking staff I’m making, I told him about my READER OF THE DAY project. Among other things, Terry mentioned: having pretty much switched to e-reading (loves being able to lie in bed and simply touch a button to turn the page), his latest great read – The Boys in the Boat (see below), reading the Toronto Globe and Mail on a regular basis through a very inexpensive subscription that gives him full access, and an interesting magazine publisher I’d never heard of – Taunton Press.

The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany – The Boys in the Boat

Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.

Taunton Press

The Taunton Press evolved out of one man’s love for woodworking and his frustration with the lack of quality information on the craft. To remedy that, Paul Roman and his wife, Jan, created Fine Woodworking magazine. Since that day in 1975, the company has developed into a 21st century media company providing high-value special-interest information to enthusiasts through a series of successful magazines, books, and digital products.


Terrry Morgan IMG_0934The Boys in the BoatTaunton magazines

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