was born in San Diego, California in 1948. He is the author of thirteen books on the history of physical culture, gender, film and sport history. In 1994 he published Sandow the Magnificent, a biography of the early bodybuilder Eugen Sandow (1867-1925). His book on female strength, Venus with Biceps (2011) was the first comprehensive history of muscular women ever published. In more recent years he translated into English for the first time the superb comic novel by Edmondo De Amicis, Love and Gymnastics. His next projects include a history of muscles in the movies, a translation of Les rois de la force (1911) a French work on music-hall strongmen and a book on postwar European superheroes. Chapman loves Italy and has visited it many times; he had the opportunity to visit the northeastern part of this beautiful country in September of 2014. David Chapman is retired from teaching and lives with his spouse in Seattle, Washington in the upper left corner of the USA.