Baker & Taylor
A profile of a pioneer in the fields of bodybuilding, alternative medicine, and tabloid culture describes how Bernarr Macfadden overcame personal disadvantages as a tubercular orphan and founded the influential magazine, Physical Culture; in an account that also traces the author's experimentation with some of Macfadden's more extreme diets.HARPERCOLL
“A remarkable story. . . . It is to Mark Adams’s great credit that, in Mr. America, he has rescued from obscurity a man whose influence is still felt in this country more than a century after he muscled his way onto the national scene.” —Wall Street Journal
“Hilarious. . . . Delightful. . . . If Macfadden hadn’t existed, we would have had to invent him.” —Washington Post
Mr. America is the fascinating true story of Bernarr Macfadden, a self-made millionaire and founding father of bodybuilding, alternative medicine, and tabloid culture. Madfadden’s impact on popular American culture is everywhere, from yoga to raw food diets to US Weekly, and Mr. America vividly brings to life this charismatic and intriguing character. Book News
New York-based writer and editor Adams tells how Macfadden (1868-1955) rose from poverty to enormous wealth and became a vociferous promoter of vegetarianism and other health movements. Among the stages of his life and career are little orphan Bernie, strong opinions, health guru, lost crusaders, the porno-graphic, new deals, empire builder, Macfadden for Senate, and paradise lost. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)Baker
Describes how Bernarr Macfadden overcame personal disadvantages as a tubercular orphan and founded the influential magazine, "Physical Culture," and traces the author's experimentation with some of Macfadden's more extreme diets.