Diana Nyad Recommends The World Was Our Stage

Originally published on The Wall Street Journal

I lined up a number of 2013 books, both on Kindle and at the bedside, that I never got a chance to open. (“Lean In” is on my list; Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” too.) I did enjoy Doug Wilson’s “The World Was Our Stage: Spanning the Globe With ABC Sports.” If you remember the phrase “the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat,” you will revel in these stories, from the terror of the Munich Olympics to the delight of Muhammad Ali. Also, while preparing this summer for my Cuba Swim, I finally got to Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken,” the unbelievable but true story of an Olympic runner and World War II soldier who is shot down over the Pacific and must dig deep within himself to survive. Finally, lay astrophysics has always been a passion, and I flew through Lawrence Krauss’s “A Universe From Nothing” in one sitting. This is a sublime and mind-blowing account of the evolution of our vast and seemingly inexplicable universe. Mr. Krauss’s words and ideas were flooding through my brain in the early, pitch-black hours as I swam out through the huge, dangerous wilderness between Cuba and Florida.

—Ms. Nyad’s memoir is forthcoming from Knopf.