The Crossing: The Glorious Tragedy of the First Man to Swim the English Channel

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J.P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 242 pages
"Matthew Webb's gallant twenty-two-hour endeavor popularized the sport of swimming and was the highlight of his life, but it was also the beginning of his ruin. Wearing a ten-pound bathing suit and fueled by eggs and bacon washed down with beer, brandy, and claret, he accomplished the aquatic equivalent of summiting Mount Everest - then succumbed to an addiction to applause that led to the final act in his tragedy: a crazed attempt to swim the Niagara River below the Falls." "This is the story of Webb, a man who achieved his dream but didn't know what to do with it. Lionized by the press as "half man, half fish," he lived a life of adventure, offering himself to the crowd again and again, surrounded by a colorful array of sportsmen, stuntmen, and gamblers."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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THE CROSSING: The True Story of One Man Who Achieved the Impossible--and What He Did Next

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A moving pop biography of the first man to swim the English Channel, by former BBC radio producer Watson.At 26, Captain Matthew Webb (1848-83) achieved what had been thought to be impossible. His 21 ... Read full review


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In 1875, Matthew Web became the first person to swim the English Channel. At the time, he was an unknown ship captain, but this exploit catapulted him to fame. At first he tried to escape the ... Read full review


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Kathy Watson is a former BBC radio producer and journalist. He is the author of "The Crossing,

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