Mister America

Mister America

How Muscular Millionaire Bernarr Macfadden Transformed the Nation Through Sex, Salad, and the Ultimate Starvation Diet

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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.

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“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.



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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)

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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.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060594756
0060594756
Branch Call Number: 613.7092 MCFAD ADAMS

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Nov 26, 2015

Thanks to author Mark Adams' in-depth research and deft knack for writing an interesting, "real-life" drama (filled with quirky moments), I now know all there is to know (and, believe me, there certainly is plenty) about the "Father of Physical Culture", none other than, Bernarr Macfadden.

To say that body-builder, health guru, and total eccentric, Bernarr Macfadden (born 1868) led a very colourful, bold, and curious life (during the turn of the last century) would truly be an understatement.

For anyone who's at all interested in reading a finely-tuned "rags-to-riches" biography about a larger-than-life character (who hobnobbed with the likes of Theodore Roosevelt, Will Kellogg, and Charles Atlas), then "Mr. America" is sure to be an enlightening reading experience like no other.

And, hey! - As you read along you may just find Macfadden's "10 Laws To Better Health" is more than enough to literally shake your already preconceived ideas of well-being, exercise and nutrition.

Yes. This book comes highly recommended.

P.S. - (Amongst other amusing things) - Just wait till you read about Macfadden's perception on masturbation.

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