In this sweeping saga, Brown (Under a Flaming Sky; The Indifferent Stars Above) vividly relates how, in 1936, nine working-class rowers from the University of Washington captured gold at the Berlin Olympics. Mentored not just by their coach but by legendary boat-builder George Pocock, these athletes overcame the hopelessness common during the Great Depression by learning to trust themselves and one another, and by rowing with grace and power. The crew's camaraderie and unmatched precision surpassed expectations, shocking the sporting world. Brown faithfully conveys rowing's stoic persistence, passion, and pain. He captures how and why this team rowed in flawless harmony. The story's depth comes from the memories that rower Joe Rantz shared with Brown shortly before his death as well as from Brown's interviews with crewmates' friends and family and their archives. In a brief epilog, Brown comments on the rowers' post-Olympic accomplishments. VERDICT Those who enjoy reading about Olympic history or amateur or collegiate sports will savor Brown's superb book, much as they would enjoy David Halberstam's The Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for an Olympic Gold Medal, which examined the 1984 single scull trials.—Jerry P. Miller, Cambridge, MA
John joins Amgen from Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), where he served as the global head of Clinical Development for marketed products as well as global clinical operations. Earlier roles at BMS included head of worldwide Medical and as a full development team lead in oncology. In these roles, John led a number of innovative changes to the company’s development and medical organizations and practices. He also served as chief medical officer, Europe, head of . Medical and vice president of Cardiovascular Medical. Prior to joining BMS, he was cardiovascular group leader at Pfizer, and was a member of the faculty staff at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco.
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