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Rick Rinehart’s recounting of his experiences on his still-renowned American schoolboy crew, culminating at the Henley Royal Regatta in England, is triumphant on every level. It is a touching and candid coming-of-age story, a sports saga that will have you whistling the theme from Chariots of Fire, and a powerful memory trigger that will have you nostalgically flipping through your own photo albums and scrapbooks.”
Terry Frei, Denver Post, author of Third Down and a War to Go: The All American 1942 Wisconsin Badgers and Playing Piano in a Brothel: A Sports Journalist's Odyssey
Crew is a sport of power and precision, combined with elegance and grace. Rick Rinehart offers us a fascinating view of the communal world of rowing, from the teamwork inherent in success to the support system that made Kent’s story so memorable. He doesn’t miss a stroke.”
Barry Wilner, veteran AP sports writer and co-author of Miracles, Shockers and Longshots: The Greatest Sports Upsets of All Time
In an age of the second rate, the low rent and the unimpressive; of pornography, video games, text messaging and other irrelevancies of the human spirit, comes a beautiful, graceful book, Men of Kent by Rick Rinehart.... It is a coming of age, patriotic, spiritual story of innocence and joy, of boys who became not just men, but gentlemen, and I loved it.”
Steven Travers, Red Room blogger and author of One Night, Two Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game that Changed a Nation
Rinehart has a way of telling a sports story that makes even the least interested person fall in love with his tale. His true-life story would inspire anyone to succeed. It shows that with a little hard work, dreams can be achieved.”
Men of Kent traces the fate of ten ordinary boys and their coach from Kent, Connecticut, who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances during the spring and summer of 1972. That year the Kent School’s crew, of which the author was a part, was undefeated against 46 other crews, broke three course records, and claimed a national championship. Its final race, at the fabled Henley Royal Regatta in England—a race broadcast on television worldwide—merited a banner headline in the New York Times sports section, and is regarded as one of the most breathtaking finishes in Henley’s long history.
A modern-day Chariots of Fire and the true story of one of the greatest schoolboy crews ever
I thoroughly enjoyed this account of a group of unpretentious, prep school students. It reflected a simpler time in sports, and it introduced me to the sport of crew.Published 6 months ago by John J. Duffy
Rick Rinehart nicely weaves together the story of a great coach, a fine crew, a wonderful school, an exceptional regatta and a splendid sport, all set in those tumultuous... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Happy's neighbor