Thursday, June 19, 2008

In A Word....

In a word....UNBELIEVABLE! I just got a copy of Randy Roach's new book Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors and it is amazing. I was in awe of the sheer size of it and the incredible cover, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Randy knows I'm not a big history buff but he has made this book so enjoyable and user friendly that found myself reading it right away. There's no doubt this book is a going to be a big hit with bodybuilding historians and yes, it's a bit pricey but it will be the only book you'll ever need when it comes to this topic.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors

After three long years, the long awaited historical bodybuilding book Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors - Volume 1 by Randy Roach is now available. Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors is a labor-of-love that covers bodybuildings conception through the 1960's.

This book is truly one-of-a-kind and will make any other publication on bodybuilding history obsolete.

Here's a look at the table of contents:


Chapter 1 - Origins of Physical Culture
Chapter 2 - 20th Century Physical Culturists
Chapter 3 - Physical Culture and the World of Health
Chapter 4 - Nutrition, Disease, and the Dietary Templates


Chapter 5 - The Rise of the Iron Game
Chapter 6 - The Players of The 1930s
Chapter 7 - Nature’s Law
Chapter 8 - The Rise of Modern Bodybuilding
Chapter 9 - Dan and Joe and the Origins of the IFBB
Chapter 10 - Muscletown Nutrition

Part 3 THE 1950s:

Chapter 11 - Hi-Protein, High-Protein, Hi-Proteen or Miracle Food?
Chapter 12 - Miracle Food or Manipulation?
Chapter 13 - Diverging Philosophies
Chapter 14 - Sport or Pageant?
Chapter 15 - Who Are Those Guys?
Chapter 16 - The Psyche of the Bodybuilder
Chapter 17 - Old School Bodybuilding Nutrition
Chapter 18 - 1950s Science -- The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Chapter 19 - The Pink, White & Blue…and the Red

Part 4 THE 1960s:

Chapter 20 - The Transitional 1960s
Chapter 21 - Westward Through ChicagoLand
Chapter 22 - Muscle, Pills and Powders
Chapter 23 -The Cream Rises to the Top
Chapter 24 - Muscle, Cows, and Chickens
Chapter 25 - Muscle, Mind and Myths
Chapter 26 - Muscle, Blood and Glands
Chapter 27 - Eat More. Lift More.
Chapter 28 - Muscle, Fats and Heart Attacks!
Chapter 29 - Muscle, Brains and Brawn


Click to get your copy of Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors