The Amazing Samson

Alexander Zass.

Looks great.

Alexander Zass' The Amazing Samson is another of the superb resources noted in Gymchat 237, with Logan Christopher and Josh Hewett. And as with the 'Görner the Mighty' book we noted at the time, I haven't read it for many, many years. Certainly keen to dive in this time around.

The book details Zass' life and feats, both in training and in his various performances. Fantastic.

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Scott Andrew Bird

Scott Andrew Bird is a writer, photographer and a guy who just loves this stuff. He's been at home in front of a computer for more years than he cares to remember (OK, 34) and is now making amends for years of many mistakes noted in the De-constructing Computer Guy articles (part 2) on T-Nation.

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