"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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