“Master of Men” is an anthology of books, articles and essays about the remarkable Irish-American combat athlete and coach, William Muldoon.
Muldoon learned the basics of wrestling as a soldier in the Civil War. After numerous adventures as one of "New York's finest", he left the police force to become one of the first American professional wrestlers, taking on all comers in rough and tumble saloon matches and working as an actor/stuntman on the vaudeville stage.
In 1889, Muldoon's radical training methods brought the out-of-shape, alcoholic bare-knuckle boxing champion John L. Sullivan back into form for his legendary title fight with Jake Kilrain. Muldoon later became the inaugural chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission and a personal trainer for some of the richest and most powerful men in America.
Includes 29 rare illustrations and a special bonus interview with Scott Burt of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame.
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By Victor Messner
Jun 7, 2013
I had recently come across William Muldoon while reading about boxing legend John L. Sullivan. The fact that Muldoon was not only a world champion wrestler, but also tough enough to whip sullivan into shape really caught my attention. There was little in the way of material on the man, so I saw this book and figured I'd take a chance. I must say - I am EXTREMELY pleased with this book. It covers (as I knew it would,) the history of Muldoon's involvement with wrestling, boxing, Sullivan, etc. More importantly - in the final part of the book - it goes into detail on the man's psychological makeup and the training methods he used to break down many bigshots of the day, only to build them back up and turn them into new men in the end (if they had the guts to hang in and survive, that is.) I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a great view into both the outer and inner world of William Muldoon. I wish there were more men like Muldoon to read about. His level of discipline... More > and self-mastery absolutely blows the mind!< Less
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