America's Girl by Tim Dahlberg
The Incredible Story of How Swimmer Gertrude Ederle Changed the Nation

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America's Girl is an intimate look at the life and trials of Gertrude Ederle, who in 1926 not only became the first woman to swim across the English Channel, but broke the record set by men. The feat so thrilled America that it welcomed her home with a ticker tape parade that drew two million people. This fascinating portrait follows Ederle from her early days as a competitive swimmer through her gold medal triumph at the 1924 Olympics, to the first attempt the next year by Ederle to swim from France to England in frigid and turbulent waters, a feat that had been conquered by only five men up to that time.
This is also a stirring look at the go-go era of the 1920s, when the country was about to recognize that women not only could vote, but compete on an international scale as athletes. At the height of Prohibition, Ederle's triumph over the formidable Channel was a triumph for women everywhere. America's Girl immerses readers in a pivitol era of American history and brings to life the spirit of that time.
Winner of the 2010 International Swimming Hall of Fame Buck Dawson Authors Award.
 

About Tim Dahlberg

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TIM DAHLBERG is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. He has been a sports writer for more than twenty-five years. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.  MARY EDERLE WARD is Gertrude Ederle’s niece and her caretaker for the last twelve years of her life. Gertrude passed on to her an extensive archive of more than 1,500 newspaper clippings, magazine articles and other background materials on her life.  BRENDA GREENE is an author of three books, an editor, and a writer.
 
Published August 4, 2009 by St. Martin's Press. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Dahlberg presents Ederle as an agent of change, citing her design of a body-hugging two-piece silk bathing suit in an era when women wore heavy wool “swimming costumes” that concealed their bodies, and noting the enthusiasm with which feminists greeted her achievement in breaking the men’s speed ...

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Surprisingly, Ederle's almost forgotten feat is the subject of two other recent books, Glenn Stout's Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World (Houghton Mifflin, June 2009) and Gavin Mortimer's The Great Swim (Walker, 2008).

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