'Assault On Lake Casitas'
by Brad Alan Lewis

From trespassing to betrayal and the anguish of years without a life, Lewis's unsparing account of his dark-horse run on the 1984 Olympics makes a gentleman's sport seem as suspenseful as any heist picture. But oarsmen swear by it, not merely for Lewis's outlaw attitude, but also because he nails the exquisite torture of sculling – and because he had to upstage a man he admired and feared (who happened to be the country's leading crew coach) before he could triumph.