New book Mr. America: The Tragic History of a Bodybuilding Icon

  • Cutlass

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    Sep 03, 2017 5:09 AM GMT
    I've seen some synopses and excerpts from this book and I seem to be inclined to order it. The author claims there is a great deal of homosexuality and hustling in bodybuilding. A reviewer mentioned that bodybuilding was full of racism, sexism, homophobia, and anti-semitism. Yikes.
  • buddycat

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    Sep 03, 2017 6:49 AM GMT
    Cutlass saidI've seen some synopses and excerpts from this book and I seem to be inclined to order it. The author claims there is a great deal of homosexuality and hustling in bodybuilding. A reviewer mentioned that bodybuilding was full of racism, sexism, homophobia, and anti-semitism. Yikes.

    I agree with this from what I have seen. They forget to mention most are on illegal steroids. If you go to Bodybuilding.com they talk about doing web cam modeling and this prompts a lot of homophobic remarks. Some webcam models are also escorts.
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    Sep 03, 2017 8:01 AM GMT
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    Good book.

    "At age 26, scrawny, Oxford-educated Samuel Fussell entered a YMCA gym in New York to escape the terrors of big city life. Four years and 80 lbs. of firm, bulging muscle later, he was competing for bodybuilding titles in the "Iron Mecca" of Southern California-so weak from intense training and starvation he could barely walk. MUSCLE is the harrowing, often hilarious chronicle of Fussell's divine obsession, his search for identity in a bizarre, eccentric world of "health fascists," "gym bunnies" and "muscleheads"-and his devout, single-minded acceptance of illness, pain, nausea, and steroid-induced rage in his quest for the holy grail of physical perfection."
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 12, 2017 4:56 PM GMT
    Probably this bodybuilding icon consumed way too much protein which helped lead to his tragic demise. Protein along with steroids often lead to early deaths.