The Man Who Swam the Amazon: 3,274 Miles on the World's Deadliest River

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Thirty-two hundred miles, piranha, crocodiles, anaconda, river sharks, blistering and relentless sun,dangerous currents, river pirates and drug runners, and the insidious candirú. Martin Strel swam through it all. Why? To call attention to the continued deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and to river pollution. By the time he finished this epic swim from the river’s source in the Peruvian Andes to the delta in the Atlantic headwaters near Belém, Brazil, Martin Strel was almost dead, straining with the ...

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Overview

Thirty-two hundred miles, piranha, crocodiles, anaconda, river sharks, blistering and relentless sun,dangerous currents, river pirates and drug runners, and the insidious candirú. Martin Strel swam through it all. Why? To call attention to the continued deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and to river pollution. By the time he finished this epic swim from the river’s source in the Peruvian Andes to the delta in the Atlantic headwaters near Belém, Brazil, Martin Strel was almost dead, straining with the remaining shadows of his strength to reach the finish line. His blood pressure was at heart attack levels, his entire body filled with subcutaneous larvae, and he was besieged by dehydration, diarrhea, and exhaustion. Drawn from the eloquent and evocative trip diaries of writer Matthew Mohlke, who, armed with buckets of blood to divert piranha, guided Strel, The Man Who Swam the Amazon is a gripping and inspirational story of perseverance, passion, and endurance: a real-life odyssey of a rare and driven man.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781599213583
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,462,555
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Strel is one of the most elite athletes in history. He holds three Guinness world records in distance swimming, and is about to earn his fourth for his Amazon swim. He earned his first Guinness in 2000 for swimming the entire Danube river, 1,867 miles, over 58 days. He then broke his own record in 2002, by becoming the first person to swim the entire Mississippi, 2,360 miles, in 68 days. In 2004, he broke his own record again by swimming 2,488 miles of the Yangtze. He broke his record once again with the Amazon swim. Martin also holds a world record for continuous swimming, 313 miles in 84 hours in the Danube, which he completed in 2001. He is also the first person to swim the entire 1,200 miles of the Paraná river, from Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires. Martin has been swimming for years under slogan “swimming for peace, friendship and clean waters.” His swim on the Mississippi was dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 attacks, for which he achieved special recognition by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and for which he was received at the UN by Kofi Annan. Later, the U.S. Congress passed a special resolution honoring Martin for his achievements and generosity. Matthew Mohlke graduated from Winona State University summa cum laude with a double major in marketing and psychology. One day, he scribbled ten dreams he had in his life on a bar napkin. He realized he couldn't get there if he didn't leave the next day. He promptly traded a promising Fortune 500 sales job for a life of adventure. He’s spent the last ten years bartending and delivering cars around the USA, working just long enough to save a few dimes for the next expedition or other existential excursion. Highlights of his adventures include paddling the entire Mississippi river twice, once in 79 days by canoe solo in 1999, and once in 68 days with Martin Strel as his lead guide in a 2002 Guinness record swim; paddling the Paraná river with Martin in 2003; and 703 cross-country car deliveries, in which he recently completed a tour of all 30 Major League baseball stadiums.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Inspiration amid jungle chaos

    The achievement is incredible. Congrats! Story needs stronger chacterizations. Crazy adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2007

    Inspiring!

    What Martin Strel did is unbelievable! This story is written beautifully to chronicle the journey, as well as unveil the different sides of a man who seems incredibly human and not human, all at the same time. This book has an easy, exciting flow and is near impossible to put down. I can't wait for 'Big River Man' to come out so I can put a face to all the characters of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    exciting, motivational expedition. you are there!

    Feel the agony & joy. Hear the jungle. Smell the fear. You face jaguar, anaconda,crocs, piranha, prirates,drug runners and parasites of all kinds. Why push beyond human endurance? Is it madness or the cause:peace, friendship, clean water?

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