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Halberstam also explains to readers how the sport is changing during the 1970s and 1980s. Andrew Carnegie gives $150,000 to Princeton to fund the damming of a stream so that there can be a lake that the team can row on. When Princeton's representative seeks funding, the goal is to get a law school. Princeton's representative is said to have described receiving this gift from Carnegie as being given cake when they asked for bread.

Chapter 4 begins with Halberstam giving more details about Biglow. Biglow is "the big, young guy" in 1982 for the Harvard team under Harry Parker. Like the rest, he is from a wealthier family and has attended private school. He differs in some ways that cause difficulty with feelings of fitting in. One of these is that he is somehow an athlete-innocent. He is from the West Coast, rather than being from the...

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