Just finished reading Amazing pace : the story of Olympic champion Michael Phelps from Sydney to Athens to Beijing, by Paul McMullen (Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, c2006). It's a good read, pretty thorough overview of a time period in Michael Phelps' life, with just a never-ending listing of races, racers, meets, world records, etc. For someone like me that doesn't really know the history of swimming, it was almost too much, probably not the best first book on the subject. The other negative is that McMullen recounts all this history in a very detached, deadpan way, with emotional and charged moments presented no differently than a reounting of a typical brunch between practices. I wouldn't recommend this as a first read to learn about swimming and Michael Phelps, but it is definitely recommended as an exhaustively researched book that goes into the minutiae of this particular athletee, sport, and time period.