Perrin’s account of the University of Louisiana weightlifting tradition is a wonderful story and should appeal to anyone interested in the local and state history of Louisiana and weightlifting lore. What makes it especially valuable is the anecdotal and first-hand content. It is also well-written with lots of detail and side-stories to keep reader interest. I especially enjoyed the special coverage devoted to Red Lerille, Boyer Coe and Walter Imahara. The text has a clarity and richness, which adds to the fine piece of research that Perrin has compiled into an interesting narrative. Thanks to Perrin for writing this enlightening story.
—John D. Fair (Ph.D. Duke, 1970), author of eight books, including Muscletown USA (Penn State, 1999), Mr. America (Texas, 2015), and Muscles in the Movies (Missouri, 2020). He retired as Professor of History (Emeritus) from Auburn University (1997).