If Volume II is only half as good as Volume I, it will still be terrific! I must have read Volume I at least six times and I’m still amazed at the clarity and content throughout.
Veteran Industry writer
With pinpoint accuracy and razor sharp attention to detail, Randy Roach has masterfully and entertainingly encapsulated the numerous critical events that have formed what is commonly referred to as the Iron Game and variously described as Physical Culture, bodybuilding and the strength training industry.
Today’s universal obsession with a tight athletic body and performance can be traced back to bodybuilding. In fact what we’re going through today was conceived and delivered many decades ago in a sport that is so cutting edge that it took the world almost a century to catch up. Just how it all evolved is […]
“Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors” is the definitive resource for anyone interested in Physical Culture, bodybuilding and allied subjects. Exhaustively researched, brilliantly written and with rare historical photographs. Randy Roach has produced the ‘go to’ book, the complete chronicle of the Iron Game. – Ed Spielman, Creator of “KUNG FU”, ABC-TV Series, Author of “The […]
I can’t say enough good things about “Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors.” It’s a fabulous read of the Iron Game, synthesized as never before. Randy Roach hit a home run. I returned home from a 20-hour plane ride (with stops) from China last night intending to immediately hit the sack. I made the mistake of cracking […]
I’ve been asked to teach a course on Physical Culture and bodybuilding 101 and I would definitely use “Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors” as a class text book. What else can I say, he’s nailed it! – Bob Gajda, Ph.D., Author of “Total Body Training” www.gajdahealthplus.com
Randy Roach has made an outstanding contribution to iron game history with volume one of Muscles, Smoke & Mirrors. I’ve learned much from it, especially about the intimate connection between bodybuilding, which no one has really explored in quite the same depth and length. Randy’s love and understanding of the iron game is evident throughout […]
I am well into your great work “Muscle Smoke and Mirrors” and wanted to let you know I feel. This is a work of passion not seen before and perhaps will not be seen again. I started fast reading or scanning the book, but found so much of it deep in detail and facts that […]
Absolutely fantastic! More than the bottom line! A compendium! This is the best book EVER written on Physical Culture and nutrition. A MUST read! – Bob Green, Industry writer
Muscle, Smoke, and Mirrors by Randy Roach is an INSTANT CLASSIC! I was blown away by it’s historical depth and quality of research. It is clearly one of the best Iron Game/Physical Culture history books ever written. This book sets a new standard for quality. Anyone even remotely interested in the weight game should get […]