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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lynn Sherr Narrator: Lynn Sherr Publisher: Lynn Sherr c/o ICM Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Swim is a celebration of swimming and the effect it has on our lives. It's an inquiry into why we swim - the lure, the hold, the timeless magic of being in the water. It's a look at how swimming has changed over the millennia, how this ancient activity is becoming more social than solitary today. It's about our relationship with the water, with our fishy forebearers, and with the costumes that we wear. You'll even find a few songs to sing when you push out those next laps.

Swimming enthusiast Lynn Sherr explores every aspect of the sport, from the biology of swimming to the fame of Esther Williams; from turquoise pools and wild water to the training of Olympians; and she reveals the secret of buoyancy so that anyone can avoid the example of the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who lamented, Why can't I swim, it seems so very easy? When his friend, the biographer Edward John Trelawny, said, Gecause you think you can't, Shelley plunged into Italy's Arno River and dropped like a rock. With Swim, you can avoid that happening to you.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kim | 2/13/2014

    " Some fun facts. But fun facts do not make a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann | 2/10/2014

    " Most interesting to me was the history of how the various stroke styles developed- and how recently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chele | 2/7/2014

    " Fascinating journal of a swimmer on an epic swim, entwined with a (fairly US-centric) history of swimming, complete with some illustrations of some of the more exotic highlights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laurie | 1/27/2014

    " Fantastic! Granted, I might be a little predisposed to like the subject. Very well-written exploration of swimming - from an historical perspective and personal one. Inspiring and informative. "

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About the Author
Author Lynn Sherr

Lynn Sherr, a broadcast journalist and writer, was an award-winning correspondent for more than thirty years at ABC News. She reported on the NASA space shuttle program from its inception in 1981 through the Challenger explosion in 1986. Her numerous awards include an Emmy, two American Women in Radio and Television Commendation Awards, a Gracie Award, and a George Foster Peabody Award. She is the author of Tall Blondes: A Book about Giraffes, Outside the Box: A Memoir, America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story behind Our Nation’s Favorite Song, and Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Words. She coedited Peter Jennings, A Reporter’s Life. She lives in New York.