Humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers. Our ancestors learned to swim for survival; now in the twenty-first century we swim in freezing Arctic waters and piranha-infested rivers to test limits. Swimming is an introspective and silent sport in a chaotic and noisy age; a therapy for both the mind and body; and an adventurous way to get from point A to point B. It’s also one route to that elusive, ecstatic state of flow. Why We Swim is propelled by stories of Olympic champions, a Baghdad swim club that meets in Saddam Hussein’s palace pool, modern-day Japanese samurai swimmers, and even an Icelandic fisherman who improbably survives a six-hour swim after a shipwreck.
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