I wasn't sure where to put this, so I stuck it here. For the moderators, please put it where you think best.
What books have people here read on the history of the "Iron Game"?
Recently I had an opportunity to get a copy of "The Super Athletes" by David Willoughby, and so I got it. It has a great deal about strength feats, Olympic lifting, and powerlifts, but also has chapters on swimming, sprinting, distance running, even tennis and boxing. Very interesting reading. It went up to about 1967. He has various ways that he compares weight lifters, in their respective bodyweights, their abilities and achievements.
I like reading this kind of thing, I find it fuels my motivation for training, and also there are many helpful thoughts on form of performance of lifts, at least in Calvert and Berry especially.
Books I have read are "Super Strength" by Alan Calvert, a classic book, and George Jowett's "Key to Migiht and Muscle", and I have read quite a bit of John Fair's book "Muscletown USA"(Bob Hoffman and York). Fair's book is quite recent, Calvert and Jowett date back to the 20s or 30s. Jowett might be more recent, he died in 1968, I think.
Another valuable resource is the "Iron Game History" which is put out by folks at the University of Texas at Austin, Terry Todd and Jan Todd spearheaded this, both of them champion powerflifters. This can be found online or by subscription.
Well, I hope this is not too far off topic.