Why We Swim, Bonnie Tsui
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Why We Swim

Author: Bonnie Tsui

Narrator: Angie Kane

Unabridged: 6 hr 35 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

Published: 04/14/2020

Genre: Sports & Recreation - Swimming

Synopsis

Humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers. We must be taught. Our evolutionary ancestors learned for survival; now in the twenty-first century, we swim in freezing Arctic waters and piranha-infested rivers to test our limits. Swimming is an introspective and silent sport in a chaotic and noisy age; its therapeutic for both the mind and body; and its an adventurous way to get from point A to point B. Its also one route to that elusive, ecstatic state of flow. These reasons, among many others, make swimming one of the most popular activities in the world. Why We Swim is propelled by stories of Olympic champions, a Baghdad swim club that meets in Saddam Husseins palace pool, modern-day Japanese samurai swimmers, and even an Icelandic fisherman who improbably survives a wintry six-hour swim after a shipwreck. New York Times contributor Bonnie Tsui, a swimmer herself, dives into the deep, from the San Francisco Bay to the South China Sea, investigating what it is about waterdespite its dangersthat seduces us, tempting us to come back to it again and again.

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