Mark Adams is the author of the acclaimed history Mr. America, which The Washington Post named a Best Book of 2009. A writer for many national publications, including GQ, Outside and The New York Times, he lives near New York City with his wife and children.
Rave reviews for Mark Adams' previous title MR. AMERICA: HOW MUSCULAR MILLIONAIRE BERNARR MACFADDEN TRANSFORMED THE NATION THROUGH SEX, SALAD, AND THE ULTIMATE STARVATION DIET:
One of the Washington Post’s “Best Books of 2009”
“Bernarr Macfadden laid the groundwork for America's current obsession with diet and exercise and our fascination with tabloid news, yet you've probably never heard of him. In this impressive biography, Adams provides historical context throughout and tells the story with journalistic remove, resisting much commentary, even as the reader is busy filling the margins with exclamation points.”
—The New York Times
“It is to Mark Adams’ 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…It is a remarkable story, and Mr. Adams tells it with the kind of awe and occasional amusement that it deserves. He writes with an easy grace and has plainly gone to great lengths to research his quirky, fascinating subject. He even goes the extra mile and tries some of Macfadden’s early diet and exercise regimens, to see if they work.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Hilarious…Delightful…If Macfadden hadn't existed, we would have had to invent him, yes . . . but who could have? Theodore Dreiser throws up his hands. Sinclair Lewis runs screaming from the scene…‘Mr. America’ may actually be the rare biography — very well, the only biography within the past two decades — that runs too short.”
—The Washington Post
“'Mr. America' is an entertaining, enlightening read that gives Macfadden his overdue legacy...Adams deftly wrestles this messy, Herculean life into shape.”
—The Los Angeles Times
“In his terrific new book, 'Mr. America,' Mark Adams details the rise and fall of one of the most influential and forgotten figures in the development of America’s health obsession...A briskly paced, fascinating biography that manages to convey its subject’s appeal without losing sight of his limitations.” Grade: A.
—The A.V. Club
“It makes no difference whether you start at the beginning of this book, with author Mark Adams' lively story of the bizarre life of America's original health guru, or with the appendix, where Mr. Adams reports on how he himself fared when he put some of Bernarr Macfadden's advice into practice. It's a delightful read.”
—The Washington Times
“The name Bernarr Macfadden may not ring bells, but during the first half of the 20th century he was one of the most famous men in America — and his influence is still felt everywhere….As recounted by Mark Adams (who self-tested some of Macfadden’s occasionally extreme advice about fasting and exercise in ‘Mr. America’), the improbable saga of this eccentric self-made guru shows that our mania for fad diets and get-fit-quick schemes has deep, and deeply weird, roots.”