Praise

Adam Skolnick has written a captivating, page-turning book about a world that few will ever visit, but that everyone should know.” —Susan Casey, bestselling author of The Devil’s Teeth, The Wave and Voices in the Ocean

 

A powerful story about a dangerous, beautiful sport and an unforgettable young man. Skolnick tells his tale with passion and affection for his subject, but also with an admirable journalistic integrity.”  – Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed

 

A mesmerizing and haunting tale by a very fine writer.  – Neal Bascomb, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mile and Hunting Eichmann

 

Skolnick’s investigation reveals the perilous passions of freediving’s elite corps, who share a poetic language of foreboding: the drop, on the line, freefall, white cards, the squeeze. He’s captured the glory and euphoria of a fast growing sport that attracts a fearless cast of misfits, yogis and rebels all drawn to the dreamy glide straight down the gullet of a column of blue turning to black. Deeply researched and beautifully written.” – Neal Thompson, author of A Curious Man, Driving With the Devil and Light This Candle

 

In telling the astonishing story of Nick Mevoli’s life, Adam Skolnick becomes the first writer to fully explain this sport and its insane appeal. The result is a first-rate adventure story and a deeply-reported psychological profile of a man whose urges drove him to the ultimate test of endurance.”– Tom Zoellner, author of Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock that Shaped the World

 

One Breath is a gripping heroic tragedy – it reminds us why the edge-seekers inspire us, and how we live through them, even as they break our hearts. In his portrayal of Nick Mevoli, Skolnick illuminates what it means to be young: how passion, physical vitality and innocence blur the line between brave and idiotic, inspired and crazy. Pushing the limits of human capability will always ride that line, and One Breath does a masterful job of illuminating that quest and all the love and loss around it.”  — J.C. Herz, author of Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness