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Review: Mark Schultz’ ‘Foxcatcher’ was 2014’s best sports autobiography

Schultz was the 1984 Olympic gold medalist in wrestling. Schultz’ life was made into the major motion picture, Foxcatcher, starring actors Tatum and Steve Carell, which was also impressive, but his book, which he co-wrote with sports journalist David Thomas, took the Oscar-nominated movie a step further.

Olympians Dave Schultz and Mark Schultz

Olympians Dave Schultz and Mark Schultz
Courtesy of Mark Schultz

His accounts were vivid, honest, raw and powerful. By the end of the first reading, Schultz’ book is bound to hit readers like a shot to the heart, and it will make them want to go back and re-read it.

He is able to pay a moving tribute to the memory of his late brother, fellow Olympic gold medalist Dave Schultz, in the best way possible. He lures the reader in, and is able to take them on his personal journey with them.

Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother’s Murder, John du Pont’s Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold is the epitome of a stellar sports autobiography. Schultz is not afraid to showcase his vulnerability in this book, and he opens up about his greatest inspirations, sacrifices, and motivations in life. All of these values helped mold him into the man he is today. His life story is an inspiration to us all. This is one book that should stand the test of time.

Left to right: Nancy Reagan  Mark Schultz  President Ronald Reagan  Dave Schultz

Left to right: Nancy Reagan, Mark Schultz, President Ronald Reagan, Dave Schultz
Courtesy of Mark Schultz

Sports and wrestling fans can check out Schultz’ captivating book on Amazon, by clicking here.

To learn more about world wrestling champion Mark Schultz, visit his official website.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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