From last weekend's Wall Street Journal, ESPN's Jeremy Schaap suggests five books on the Olympics. One book that jumps out from this list is The Amateurs by David Halberstam. The book is about the competition to crew on the men's 1984 U.S. Olympic team.
Halberstam, of course, was a great writer which is what makes this book one to consider reading.
Another book about rowing that is worth looking into is Red Rose Crew, A True Story of Women, Winning and Water by Daniel J. Boyne. It's an exciting story about women's athletics in which you will also learn about America's finest woman rower, Carie Graves. Click on this link to read a 1975 article from Time magazine about the famous Red Rose Crew.