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The Great Swim
 
 
Author
Gavin Mortimer.
Publisher Walker  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780802717498
Pages/Publication Date 325/2008
Daedalus Item Code 31898
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"In 1926, when Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel, the event was publicized around the world, and she was celebrated as an American hero in a series of public events, including a ticker-tape parade in New York City. Yet when she died in 2003 at the age of 97, her accomplishment was often mentioned in newspaper obituaries in only a few brief lines. British journalist and historian [Gavin] Mortimer has done Ederle—and sports history in general—a huge service in this wonderfully written book by detailing what was one of the biggest media events of the 1920s: the attempt by four Americans to become the first woman to swim and survive the brutal waters of the channel. He explores in great depth their differing personalities as well as the effects the race had on their lives. He also explains the cultural impact of the Great Swim, such as how the revolution in women's bathing suits from a neck-to-knee bathing dress over woolen tights and shoes to a two-piece bathing suit was a key event in getting the International Olympic Committee to begin incorporating more swimming events into its women's schedule."—Publishers Weekly
 
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