Wading into Trouble
Sarah L. Courteau on the social history of swimming pools
A Social History of Swimming Pools in America.
By Jeff Wiltse. Univ. of North Carolina Press. 276 pp. $29.95
At public swimmingpools, we’re naked but for whatever patches of fabric we select to do the job of fig leaves. Stripped of the usual social cues—cars, McMansions, Manolo Blahniks or scuffed Nikes—we’re less likely to make the same...