A Swimmer's Odyssey: From the Plains to the Pacific

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A memoir of a boy's love of swimming and his quest to become an Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) frogman.

Black describes the mentors of his youth who became his models for swimming. He provides a history of the UDT and SEALs. He tells of an injury while in UDT training that denied him his life-long dream, but led to a life-long profession.

The story also tells of how high achievers---such as Andre Agassi, ...

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Overview

A memoir of a boy's love of swimming and his quest to become an Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) frogman.

Black describes the mentors of his youth who became his models for swimming. He provides a history of the UDT and SEALs. He tells of an injury while in UDT training that denied him his life-long dream, but led to a life-long profession.

The story also tells of how high achievers---such as Andre Agassi, Tiger Woods, and Julia Child---dedicated themselves to a work ethic which led to the fulfillment of their dreams and goals.

The book recounts the author's experience in the Vietnam War, including the Tonkin Gulf incident, Marine raids, and the historic Danang beach landings.

Black describes how and why we must "put in the time" if we are going to have any chance of success. With himself as the model, he explains how average people can be successful if they are dedicated to their efforts. He analyzes Malcolm Gladwell's outlier concept and David Brooks' comments on Gladwell's views on social determinism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980010749
  • Publisher: IEI Press
  • Publication date: 4/4/2012
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Uyless Black spent his childhood and teenage years on the great plains of America's southwest.

During his adult years, he was an officer in the U.S. Navy, where he won the Navy Commendation Medal for his actions in Vietnam. After leaving the Navy, he was a software programmer, the Ombudsman for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C, and a business owner.

He was the founder of three data communications network consulting firms, became an international lecturer, and wrote thirty-five books on the emerging Internet technology; some published in several languages. For this past decade, he has also devoted himself to investigating and reporting on the social, political, and financial climate of America.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    Highly Recommended: Swimming adventures and adversity on the High Plains and Pacific, angst of injury, outlier spirit motivates recovery, unexpected career success--motivational, insightful

    Uyless Black in his latest book, A Swimmer’s Odyssey: From the Plains to the Pacific, takes the reader on his life journey filled with adventure, adversity, and achievement. His belief that putting in the swimming time with effortful study of details and constant motivated practice would give him access to the career he so passionately sought: Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) frogman. He could not foresee that an injury would change his dream. Black’s swimming adventures started in an improbable location, the semi-arid high plains of eastern New Mexico. He describes how he taught himself to swim in ponds scattered around his father’s ranch. Black used his visual acuity to emulate the strokes of his fellow swimmer in the pond, the frog. Other mentors, some more tantalizing, provided Black with new standards of motivation and achievement. Black’s swimming odyssey changed from adventure to adversity. His passion led him to the waters of the Pacific Ocean where he describes his experience in the Vietnam conflict, including the Tonkin Gulf incident, Marine raids, and the historic Danag beach landings. Black’s powerful struggle after an injury while in UDT training that forced him to redirect his career path gives the reader insight into overcoming adversity. Black’s remarkable visualization of settings, his psychological understanding of the requirements for achievement, and his struggles along the way serve a variety of types of readers. Black’s book encourages, enlightens, excites, and edifies. Even the casual reader will find Black’s style of writing and content compelling and refreshing. A Good Book; a Good Gift!

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