One Breath by Adam Skolnick
Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits

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A worthy addition to the growing body of literature on adventures that test the limits of nature and mankind.
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One Breath is a gripping and powerful exploration of the strange and fascinating sport of freediving, and of the tragic, untimely death of America’s greatest freediver

Competitive freediving—a sport built on diving as deep as possible on a single breath—tests the limits of human ability in the most hostile environment on earth. The unique and eclectic breed of individuals who freedive at the highest level regularly dive hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface, reaching such depths that their organs compress, light disappears, and one mistake could kill them.

Even among freedivers, few have ever gone as deep as Nicholas Mevoli. A handsome young American with an unmatched talent for the sport, Nick was among freediving’s brightest stars. He was also an extraordinary individual, one who rebelled against the vapid and commoditized society around him by relentlessly questing for something more meaningful and authentic, whatever the risks. So when Nick Mevoli arrived at Vertical Blue in 2013, the world’s premier freediving competition, he was widely expected to challenge records and continue his meteoric rise to stardom.

Instead, before the end of that fateful competition Nick Mevoli had died, a victim of the sport that had made him a star, and the very future of free diving was called into question. With unparalleled access and masterfully crafted prose, One Breath tells his unforgettable story, and of the sport which shaped and ultimately destroyed him.
 

About Adam Skolnick

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ADAM SKOLNICK has written for the New York Times, Outside, ESPN.com, BBC.com, Salon.com, Men’s Health, Wired, and Travel + Leisure, among others. As an international journalist, he has visited 45 countries and authored or coauthored 25 Lonely Planet guidebooks. His coverage of Nicholas Mevoli’s death at Vertical Blue earned two APSE awards.
 
Published January 12, 2016 by Crown Archetype. 346 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Nov 11 2015

A worthy addition to the growing body of literature on adventures that test the limits of nature and mankind.

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The Economist

Above average
on Feb 27 2016

“One Breath”, Adam Skolnick’s dissection of an extreme sport and post-mortem of a dive gone wrong, becomes a morality play of hubris, imprudence and obsession.

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