The personal account of the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida, can be appreciated by swimmers and non-swimmers alike. It is a story of someone who overcame childhood trauma to be an exceptional athlete and an example of extreme determination, innovation, and a refusal to give up. As an open water swimmer, is was a pleasure to read about her experiences during her earlier open water swimming career, as well as her many Cuba attempts. It's hard to imagine anyone enduring what was necessary for her accomplishment.
My only struggle while reading this book was wrestling with the number or sacrifices required from other people. The amount of money, resources, and unpaid volunteer hours that were necessary is staggering. I personally would not have felt worthy of so much. To her credit she does acknowledge that it was a team effort.
I would recommend this book to anyone who swims or enjoys a story about the triumph of the human spirit. Anyone who has read the book, I would love to hear your thoughts below.