America's Girl: The Incredible Story of How Swimmer Gertrude Ederle Changed the Nation

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St. Martin's Press, Aug 4, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

1 Bring on Your Old Channel
1
2 Humbled but Not Beaten
27
3 Suited for a Swim
47
4 Swifter Higher Stronger
60
5 Different Time Same Old Channel
79
6 A Promise from Pop
100
7 Come out Gertie What for?
116
8 The Celluloid Web
137
10 A Heros Welcome
170
11 The Next One Has to Be a Blonde
193
12 Dont Weep for Me
224
Epilogue
244
Notes
251
Bibliography
279
Index
285
Copyright

9 Channelitis Strikes Cape GrisNez
152

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About the author (2009)

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.

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