Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors - Volume III - Book 1 - Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors

Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors – Volume III – Book 1

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)


 208 pages – Soft Cover

  • Arnold’s comeback; did it hurt bodybuilding?
  • How did Franco’s comeback affect the sport?
  • Who was the new guard in the early 1980s?


  • What events, characters and athletes synergized to create the apex for bodybuilding in the late 1970s?

  • Were the 1980 and 1981 Mr. Olympias FIXED?

  • Did the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1980 after a five year layoff derail the sport from its glory years? 

  • What was the real rationale for Arnold to return to compete once again?

  • Was there more for him to gain or lose?

  • Go behind the scenes of the documentary, “The Comeback”!

  • Who was the real producer of  this relatively obscure film made on the 1980 Mr. Olympia?

  • What damage did Arnold’s best friend Franco Columbu do by returning himself the very next year in 1981?

  • Learn who the impact judges were and how their scores dramatically affected the outcome of both events.

  • What did these two contests cost the sport of bodybuilding?

Additional information

Weight 0.35 kg
Dimensions 24 × 16 × 2 cm

3 reviews for Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors – Volume III – Book 1

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jason (verified owner)

    It doesn’t get any better than this! Yet another fantastic slice of Iron history from Randy Roach. If I could give this book 10 stars I would.

    Just buy it!!

    • Tamas Acs (verified owner)

      Glad you liked the book Jason!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joe Breen

    This book is a must have for anyone into physical culture (i.e bodybuilding, fitness) or just anyone who wants to improve their health and wellness. This book offers something for everyone, and I can tell you after 15 plus years in the industry there were things I learned for the first time by reading this book. Randy and Tamas nailed it! This is a true labor of love, if you love health and fitness or know someone who loves health and fitness this book is a must have, it raises the bar for all other books of its kind.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    James Potter (verified owner)

    Great book, best account of the history of bodybuilding I’ve ever read.

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