This book is expansive, thorough, informative and in my opinion, a must for any swimming coach.
Maglischo is a gifted coach and author and although the sheer size of his book may be daunting, it is his laid back writing style and meticulous attention to detail that mean almost every conceivable angle on competitive swimming technique and training have been effortlessly covered.
I, like another reviewer, have began reading before bed and found myself still going into the wee hours of the morning without realising. It is that good!
I write this review as an experienced former international swimmer, who is now a novice coach. I was told by my tutor, when I was studying for a coaching award that I should buy this book as it was maybe the most comprehensive text on swimming available. How right he was.
The book is essentially divided in two. (there is a small third section on `Racing') The first half deals extensively with stroke technique, tumble/touch turns, race starts etc. The second half looks at training methods and techniques. All along the way there are helpful photos and citations which add clarity and aid further reading.
I think that whether you're a sprint or distance coach, a novice or a veteran there will be something amongst the 791 pages of this superb book to help.