- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Penn State University Press; 1 edition (August 14, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0271018550
- ISBN-13: 978-0271018553
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,032,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Muscletown USA: Bob Hoffman and the Manly Culture of York Barbell 1st Edition
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“Meticulously documented and generously illustrated, this important contribution to the history of American culture is essential for the sports and American studies sections of all public and academic libraries.”
“Fair’s tale is peppered with stories about ethnic assimilation through weightlifting success, Olympic glory, and the protracted struggle between the empires of York and Weider. At the center of it all is the indomitable personality and visionary spirit of Hoffman, whose dedication to weight training and singular pursuit of strength has indelibly stamped our culture. Meticulously documented and generously illustrated, this important contribution to the history of American culture is essential for the sports and American studies sections of all public and academic libraries.”
—Barry X. Miller, Library Journal
“For anyone interested in the inside story of the iron game in this century, the publication of Muscletown USA is the event of the year, perhaps the decade.”
—Clarence Bass, Ripped Enterprises website
About the Author
John D. Fair is professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Geography at Georgia College & State University in Milledgville, Georgia. He is the author of two books on modern British history. He has competed in more than fifty Olympic and powerlifting meets, coached several teams, taught weight-training classes, staged meets, been a national referee, served on the national weightlifting committee, and even judged a Mr. America contest.
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Someone once said something to the effect that if you have an idol look a little closer and you will see that you are selling yourself short. The author, Mr. Fair, looks a little closer, but not unfairly, in my opinion. Growing up with Strength and Health I was not aware of many of Mr. Hoffman's shortcomings. And now that I know them, nothing has changed. For Hoffman is still number one in my book. In my view the character flaws only serve to humanize him. Something wrong with that? How many of you who've submitted critical reviews regarding Hoffman have lived steller lives? How many of you have built sucessful businesses from the ground up? And most importantly, How many of you have MADE A DIFFERENCE in the lives of so many? The silence is deafening. Regarding the book, I find it well written. Also of great interest to me are the photos of the luminaries of that era. I am thankful that this book was written, and I am pleased to have read it. Mr. Fair, how about bios on some of the high profile people of the "weight game", Grimek, Reeves, etc?
Update: 2016 I finished the book and have actually enjoyed a few sections of it. It was informative and I guess the gossip and dirty tricks (allegedly, of course) are amusing. The steroid revelation was most interesting. Still, the book overall was rough to get through, perhaps because of Mr. Fair's writing style. I consider it a "reference material" and will review it periodically. I really wish SOMEONE would put together a book about the York foundry and the many barbell plate revisions, the "composition" discs used in WW two to save raw material, and those ads that were printed from the 30's onward
I did find the "Bob was always trying to prove his manhood" theme a bit heavy handed, because many of the behaviors attributed to Bob's "need to prove his manhood" would be explained differently if the subject were just another competitive businessman of the time, instead of a muscle culture entrepreneur. I love the title, because York's culture was undoubtedly about proving and appreciating manliness, but I just felt like the theme was re-stated too often and unnecessarily, and that gave the book a distasteful hint of gender studies pop-psych. Sometimes men are actively and consciously trying to prove their manhood, and sometimes men are just men competing and doing things.
All in all I thought the author's treatment of the subject was appreciative, but even handed, fair and thorough. It gives a real sense of the times and the impact that Hoffman and York ultimately had in shaping American manhood.