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"uncovers the forgotten history of women's swimming, from the earliest racing competitions in the 1870s to Gertrude Ederle's successful English Channel swim in 1926...Bier's excellent narrative covers an important gap in the history of women's athletics." -College and Research Libraries News, July 2012.
"This seemingly modest book is so rich that it sneaks up on you like a racer making a charge to the finish." - New England Popular Culture Association Journal, April, 2012.
"Sport historians, women's studies scholars, sociologists, and swimming enthusiasts of all
backgrounds should avail themselves of this book."- International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, July 2012.
"This book is a joy. It deserves to be read by a wide academic audience but also is readable enough to be given to your friends who are swimmers." Sport in History, December 2012.
"Overall, this is an important book in many ways...the book, which contains many unusual historical photos, is an interesting introduction to female participation in swimming history." From Nordic Sport Science Forum idrottsforum.org, December 2012.
"An excellent addition." --Midwest Book Review
Lisa Bier is a librarian at Southern Connecticut State University.