2004 “Muscle” written by Jon Hotten
A little treasure found in Belfast used book store for only £1.5 about an decade ago.
One of very few books I have ever read due to my short attention span.
A book was written by an outsider of the sport who go through a series of chapters about the Yates to Coleman era in bodybuilding. He touches on about the live and death of the Andreas Munzer. A honest insight into the crazy world that many consider normal.
From the publisher:
Bodybuilding is the wildest, WEIRDEST sport in the world, but it’s more than just a sport. It’s a whole way of life for the supermen who scale its Olympian heights. Muscle is a journey through a land of giants, men for whom life is given meaning by the pursuit of the perfect pec and who worship at the shrine of Schwartzenegger.
Jon Hotten has a 40-inch chest and 12-inch arms. Undaunted, he fights his unpromising genetics to hitch up with the bodybuilding circus, hanging out with the stars and legends, the casualties, gym rats and iron junkies. As his forbidding subjects open up, he discovers a story of unregulated excess, chemical mayhem and hard-won glory, a story for anyone who’s ever looked in the mirror and wanted.
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