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Not as good as Boys in the Boat
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2017
I picked this up because I so enjoyed "The Boys in the Boat" but have to admit I was somewhat disappointed. This book was written several years sooner and it is obvious that the author was not yet as polished. There really isn't enough story to make a long article into a book, so Brown adds a lot of filler and minutia about weather, burns, fire patterns and psychology that just start to drag. I had to skip over some of it and eventually lost interest in the story itself. It might have been better to focus on a few characters in more depth as it was too easy to lose track of them.