Saturday, February 7, 2015

Review: Foxcatcher by Mark Schultz

The riveting true story 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. 

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.

Received for review.

Although this claims to be a book about his brother's murder this is really the author's autobiography.  There is a lot of background material on the author's wrestling career with his brother which makes for extremely dull reading for anyone who isn't a big wrestling fan.  

The actual murder and events immediately surrounding it take up barely a quarter of the book.  They are interesting, but I found myself wondering why they weren't the focus of the book, rather than the author's career.

Overall, this is adequately written and a fast read, but ultimately not really about the murder or du Pont at all and should not claim to be.  If you're looking for insight into the circumstances surrounding the murder than this is not for you.

★★☆☆☆ = Just Okay

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