Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

The True Story of My Brother's Murder, John Du Pont's Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold

Book - 2014
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"The riveting true story-soon to be a high-profile film-of Olympic wrestling gold medal-winning brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz and their fatal relationship with the eccentric John du Pont, heir to the du Pont dynasty. On January 26, 1996, Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medal winner and wrestling golden boy, was shot three times by du Pont family heir John E. du Pont at the famed Foxcatcher Farms estate in Pennsylvania. Following the murder there was a tense standoff when du Pont barricaded himself in his home for two days before he was finally captured. Foxcatcher is gold medal winner Mark Schultz's memoir, revealing what made him and his brother champion and what brought them to Foxcatcher Farms. It's a vivid portrait of the complex relationship he and his brother had with du Pont, a man whose catastrophic break from reality led to tragedy. No one knows the inside story of what went on behind the scenes at Foxcatcher Farms-and inside John du Pont's head-better than Mark Schultz. A movie based on Mark's memoir, also titled Foxcatcher and directed by Bennett Miller of Moneyball and Capote fame-starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo-is scheduled to release nationally Fall 2014. The incredible true story of these championship-winning brothers and the wealthiest convicted murderer of all time will be making headlines this fall, and Mark's memoir will reveal the true inside story"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780525955030
0525955038
Branch Call Number: Sports & Games 796.812 SCH
Additional Contributors: Thomas, David - Author
Alternative Title: Fox catcher

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ChristyH Jun 10, 2015

This book is best enjoyed by people who are interested in college/Olympic level wrestling. The actual story of Dave Schultz's involvement with John du Pont plays a very small part of the book. The majority of the book focuses on Mark Schultz's wrestling career and his own internal struggles. I found it to be quite slow and not very interesting.

jpozenel Apr 29, 2015

This book is far more about the career of Mark Schultz than the murder of his brother. I went to several high school wrestling matches and had friends that wrestled, but reading about it is extremely boring. I saw the movie and liked it, but this book was a waste of my time.

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ladybugg
Apr 29, 2015

This was mainly the story of Mark Schultz's wrestling career. It wasn't until 3/4 of the way into the book that their relationship with DuPont was addressed. If you are interested in the world of wrestling, you might enjoy this book better then I did

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forgeman
Feb 13, 2015

I first read about this many years ago in a magazine article which I found fascinating. The book however reads like an egotistical account by an American wrestler who devotes very little time on John du Pont and the major part he played in the death of Dave Schultz.

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MT60
Jan 30, 2015

Saw the movie first, then read the book. As a follower of Olympic sports, I remember the news story in 1996. Rivetting study of athletic obsession on the part of author Schultz, and power obsession of deranged Dupont heir.

Uwe44 Dec 10, 2014

A great book, but a tragic story of how money and the quest for fame can lead to a tragic ending. This was one of those "I can't put this book down" stories that is worth the time.

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