[Ebook] ➧ True Blue Author Daniel Topolski – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk

True Blue Strikingly Reminiscent Of Chariots Of Fire, This Book Tells The Story Of The Sporting Event Which Shook Both Oxford University And Its Boat Club To The Very Foundations During The Harsh Winter Of 1986 7.A Group Of American Students Arrives At Oxford, Hoping To Put Some Steel Into A Boat Race Crew Still Reeling From Their Recent Humiliating Defeat At The Hands Of Cambridge But Disagreements Over Training Methods Soon Bring To A Head A Bitter Clash Between The Elected President Of The Dark Blues And A Fiery Tempered Rower From California Much Than The Race Is At Stake In This Clash Between The Amateur Sporting Tradition Of The Boat Race And New World Big Star Sportsmanship In The Resulting Battle, Which Made Headline News Worldwide, The Rebels, Having Failed To Remove The Boat Club President, Pull Out Six Weeks Before The Race Will Oxford Coach Topolski, Against All Odds, Mould An Inexperienced And Demoralized Reserve Crew Of No Hopers Into A Winning Team


10 thoughts on “True Blue

  1. says:

    Harsh review alert I know nothing about rowing Enjoyed learning a bit about the boat race and this headlining period However, I got bored Seemed to go round in circles The whole debacle went on forever Meeting after meeting For goodness sake just boot the yanks off and make a decision Also bored by the detail in races and even practi...


  2. says:

    I have been hunting for a copy of this book, never published in the States, for a couple of years I was seriously excited to find it It tells the story of the Oxford Boat Race Mutiny, which, I m sure, many Americans never heard of There s a nicely done film based on it available on Netflix under the title Miracle at Oxford the title it was released under in the States the film was called True Blue in the UK To make a long story short the Boat Race is the premier collegiate sporting event in the UK Think BCS Championship, the Final Four, and the College World Series rolled into one It s watched by than 180 million people world wide far than the entire population of the UK , and than a quarter of a million people attend it It puts the top rowing team from Oxford against the top team from Cambridge over a grueling four plus mile course, than triple the distance of the longest Olympic rowing event In 1986, after a stinging loss, Oxford recruited a group of Americans with world championship and Olympic experience What followed was a culture clash American individualism versus the English sense devotion to duty and order, and the American star system versus the English team system Simply put, some of the Americans, who had never raced at the Boat Race distance, refused to follow the training regimen laid out by the Oxford coaches After the coaches agreed to modifying the schedule, so...


  3. says:

    I was really gripped I have almost no interest in rowing, the references to sitting in the seven seat, where legendary Oxford oarsmen F. And G And H had sat I found quite mystifying, and yet What a story What a...


  4. says:

    A gripping story I am not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if i had not been living on Oxford in the 80s.


  5. says:

    Even in this technological age, a film copy of this story is hard enough to find, let alone a physical copy of the book So it was happy chance that I stumbled across a second hand copy at work a couple of months ago, and quickly snapped it up Growing up in the world of rowing, the Boat Race has always been keenly followed in my family some with hard pressed loyalties, others who just pick a side on the day Being a hard and fast Oxford supporter, I always enjoyed watching the 1996 movie adaptation during the rowing season to get psyched up, but as I developed into of a reader, I had always wanted to read about the events to get a little detail I was not disappointed in this book It is a sports book in the truest form, with great descriptions that convey the very real sense of what it is to row and to be a rower While few people in this world will ever earn a Blue, even those who have never stepped into a scull or felt the enduring pain of a race will appreciate this story and the history of the Boat Race This book gives a great retelling of the classic 1986 7 Oxford Mutiny, from the perspective of Dan Topolski, long time coach of the Oxford University Mens Eight At times, I found myself wishing that it wasn t written in the first person though As a ...


  6. says:

    True Blue is an account of a crew mutiny during Oxford s preparations for the 1987 University Boat Race, written by the team coach Dan Topolski This is a great read, exciting on the psychological battle, setting an alliance of club coach and president, against a group of disaffected American oarsmen and their British accomplices It is equally exciting on the physical battle of boat racing Apart from the compelling narrative, there is also a wider significance to this story There is a literal wider significance, in the way events reach out into Britain s establishment with the involvement of powerful former oarsmen and sympathisers Strategic help to defeat the rebels comes, for example, from the headquarters of the Parachute Regiment More importantly, there is also the sense that this is a symbolic tale about power and authority Much of British sporting history involves the idea of knowing your place and meeting your obligations bravely, without complaint or anticipation of reward This is particularly true of rowing, which did not withdraw its Mechanics Clause preventing the involvement of manual workers until 1937, and did not accept professionalism until the late 1990s There is much to be thankful for in such changes But if you think True Blue is a story of modern heroes taking on the stuffy old British establishment, then you would be wro...


  7. says:

    I read this book some twenty five years ago and really liked it Just recently I re read it and was less impressed Why The story is quite captivating and I did like some of the metaphors used though consider some really over the top Topolski when I walked out of the meeting with that piece of paper, agreed by the Americans, I felt like Neville Chamberlain on his way home from Munich.The book is about politics in sports than the sport itself It deals with the different views, team spirit and club loyalty versus individualism egos The prose is fine, but the story rather one sided, very biased It is a good read, but does not match the quality of David Halberstam s The Amateurs which I consider among the best books on rowing Topolski does not dive as deep, writing what it takes to achieve excellence or about the continuous quest for refinement in techn...


  8. says:

    A rowing 8 is supposed to be the epitome of teamwork pull together Well, the hard 20s here are even harder due to the egos and expectations of the big Americans who have come to Oxford to row against Cambridge in the traditional big race Interesting By no means a typical s...


  9. says:

    A fast paced read for the most part Like the eight you need to push through the rough water at times but I suspect that the level of detail was part of the cathartic process involved in writing the account My heart was racing during that last chapter describing the race...


  10. says:

    this was really interesting i didn t know the story before i started this book and it really gripped me to the end.