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    Default Anybody Read This Book?

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    I have it & have read parts of it. The author is not a bodybuilding fan, & does an unflattering portrayal of the sport. He harps on the death of Andreas Munzer, for instance, & makes him out to be typical of the risks & failures of pro bodybuilders at the elite level. While he does effective research, I fault Hotten for a sour thesis on the sport. That said, I haven't read the whole book & wouldn't state an overall view of it until I do.

    Even though it's dated, I think Charles Gaines (text) & George Butler (photos), Pumping Iron: The Art & Sport of Bodybuilding (1974) is the best overall profile of the bodybuilding life. It is not in print anymore, but you can easily buy good used copies of it online. The film is different from the book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hifrommike65 View Post
    I have it & have read parts of it. The author is not a bodybuilding fan, & does an unflattering portrayal of the sport. He harps on the death of Andreas Munzer, for instance, & makes him out to be typical of the risks & failures of pro bodybuilders at the elite level. While he does effective research, I fault Hotten for a sour thesis on the sport. That said, I haven't read the whole book & wouldn't state an overall view of it until I do.

    Even though it's dated, I think Charles Gaines (text) & George Butler (photos), Pumping Iron: The Art & Sport of Bodybuilding (1974) is the best overall profile of the bodybuilding life. It is not in print anymore, but you can easily buy good used copies of it online. The film is different from the book.

    Reading your description reminded me I have read the book, I read it when it came out.

    I have a print copy of pumping iron.

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