Foxcatcher by Mark Schultz & David Thomas


By Mark Schultz & David Thomas

  • Release Date: 2014-11-18
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4
From 156 Ratings
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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.


  • Excellent read

    By Justin Michael
    I read frequently, and this is the best book I have read in a long time. Mark Schultz does an excellent job at re telling old wrestling and life stories, as well as conveying to the reader how great of a person and talented of an athlete his brother Dave was. If you want to hear the real story of "Foxcatcher" and the Schultz brothers, read this book.
  • A Story for the People

    By spstev
    This book stands as yet another testament to the disease state of corrupt individuals with too much money, power and influence over others.
  • Foxcatcher

    By Cameron Picklo
  • More informative than movie

    By NASA9
    This was a great book. I was glad to read about the history of Mark and Dave regarding their childhood and how they each came to be wrestlers. I learned about wrestling but did skip some the parts with heavy match descriptions. I'm a girl. Not too into that, however was found the scoring explanations very interesting. Different from movie but way more real. Being an Olympian belong only to the deserving and worthy. Money can't buy victory.
  • American tragedy

    By Rsmith1466
    This was a very good book. I appreciate Mark Schultz taking the time to share this story of his brother David.
  • Foxcatcher

    By Halleyj
    The "woe is me" is overwhelming in this book. Du Pont did not ruin Mark's career, Mark ruined his own career. In addition to major anger management issues and no self esteem he appears self destructive. Both brothers knew from the beginning that du Pont was not a "stable" individual, yet they continued to associate with and or work for/with him.
  • Foxcatcher

    By Larry Self
    Good did exist after such an evil act. Too bad that a person, such as John DuPont, could live one day longer than Dave Schultz. Hopefully, he is spending his eternity in hell.
  • Amazing read!

    By Aframe16
    I could not put this book down. Sad, tragedy, exciting. Great sad book.
  • Brotherly Love

    By Hedzoff
    Awesome read... Can't wait for the movie!
  • Fills in movie gaps

    By Ms Shoes
    I bought this book after seeing the movie - which I felt didn't tell this story in the best way - and sensing parts of the story were missing. It does illuminate the real story but you have to wade through a lot to pick it out. It's also very obviously written by someone who isn't an author and someone with more hindsight now than he had when the events actually occurred so you take that into consideration when reading. If you're a wrestler or a fan of the sport you'll probably enjoy this book much more than I did. Overall my post movie curiosity was satiated and while I'm sure I could have just googled for the info, I wanted to read it in Mark's words.