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The 7 - Pro Wrestling - The Nature Boy, The Brain, The Mouth of the South...these are the Giants of Literature
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#1 Posted on 26.2.04 1743.22
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For allyou wrestling book addicts, like me, this article was posted on Slam Wrestling two days ago. Slam/Wrestling/2004/02/ 13/346723.html

It talks about the new books by Ric Flair and Bobby Heenan that are coming out this spring. Apparently both guys had to find new publishers since their last books.

It also hints at a potential autobiography by Harley Race! Now that is a book I can't wait to read. I'm a huge fan of Harley Race, and his career spans so many eras, so many promotions, you know he's got a story or two to tell.

There's more information on Michael Holmes' book of wrestling poems, and also on the books he's planning on doing with Jimmy Hart and some other people. Jimmy Hart's book is another one I'm looking forward to for the same reasons as Harley Race's.

I recently had to buy a new bookshelf for all my wrestling books. So, now I have to get some more books to put on the new shelf. Can anyone recommend some wrestling books and tell me why you recommend them?
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#2 Posted on 26.2.04 1830.07
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I'd imagine you have most of the ones in my collection, but here's all I've got. I'd recommend any one of them except Sex, Lies and Headlocks... if you were ever a sheet reader you already know every single story in there.

-Wrestlecrap: The Very Worst of Pro Wrestling (RD Reynolds)
-Bodyslams! (Gary Michael Cappetta... bought it because it was autographed, but it's an outstanding look behind the curtain by someone there for it all but not quite one of the boys)
-Have a Nice Day and Foley is Good (Mick Foley)
-Hooker (Lou Thesz, MUST OWN)
-Pure Dynamite (Dynamite Kid, see Thesz review)
-First Lady of Wrestling (Missy Hyatt)
-The Rock Says (Rock)
-The Stone Cold Truth (Austin)
Wrestling's Bad Boy Tells All (Bobby Heenan)
-Tributes (Meltzer. Best of the best. No one does an obit like Dave)
-Listen, You Pencil Necked Geeks (Freddy Blassie)
-Idiot's Guide to Pro Wrestling (Lou Albano... because it has lethal in the reference pages under our old URL,
-Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation (Shaun Assael/Mike Mooneyham)

Sure seems like I'm leaving something out. Damn I need to unpack one of these lifetimes.
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#3 Posted on 26.2.04 1845.49
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Hmmm....I have the two Foley books, the Goldberg book, Sex, Lies and Headlocks, Long Bomb (XFL book, but talks about wrestling), Wrestlecrap, Pure Dynamite, and some obscure wrestling book that I can't remember the title of. I don't think there is one I wouldn't recommend, especially if you want as much info as you can get.
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#4 Posted on 26.2.04 2014.43
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Also the Hogan book which I thought was funny, and also didn't DDP write a book? The only thing I can remember about that is Positivley Kanyon using it as a weapon.
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#5 Posted on 26.2.04 2032.54
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I've got most of those. I just ordered the Lou Thesz book, so hopefully I'll get that one soon. I'm really interested in hearing more about the obscure stuff, since most of the mainstream stuff eventually finds its way to my shelf.

Has anyone read 'Stu Hart: Lord of the Ring'?
I can't believe I don't own this one yet, but if anyone's read it, I'd be interested in knowing what you think of it.
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#6 Posted on 26.2.04 2058.54
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I've got Have a nice day, Bodyslam and some book full of wrestler quotes.

I also read Jesse the body's book. The first few chapters were OK - SEALs, the biz, why he quit, being a baddass between the SEALs and the biz. But then the majority of the book goes on about him "wanting to see if the American Dream is still alive" (No not Dusty Rhodes, the other one)

Most of the book was about the political changes he wanted to look at. Not a bad book (if you're American) but lots of political stuff.


EDIT - Oh yeah, he talks about trying to unionise the wrestlers, Hulk Hogan backstabbing him and the courtcase with Vince.

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#7 Posted on 26.2.04 2132.36
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Only book I have that hasn't been mentioned yet in this thread was In the Pit with Piper. Interesting read, although some parts of it strain credibility, to put it mildly. But it's worth it for Piper's perspective on Vince and for his chapter on what he calls "the Sickness."
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#8 Posted on 26.2.04 2140.40
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The Hardy and Lita books are better than most.
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#9 Posted on 26.2.04 2202.24
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My favorite story to tell about Positively Page is one where DDP had a match against the Undertaker at the OVW "The Last Dance" show. Undertaker threw DDP out of the ring and as UT was pounding away on DDP by the metal railing, a fan ran up with his copy of Positively Page and asked DDP to sign it.

Anyway, a lot of good ones mentioned here already. I'll mention a few more:

Tributes by Dave Meltzer is actually a pretty decent coffee table book, covering a lot of history quickly.

Stranglehold by Larry Nelson is kinda hard to find now, but has a lot of great material about working in the 1970s and 1980s.

Theater in a Squared Circle by Jeff Archer has moments, but it is definitely a book set for the time it was published and severely out of date.

Every Man Has His Price by Ted DiBiase is a surprisingly good read, and not as heavily slanted towards religion as I had expected. Some good stories in there.

I also have to agree about Piper's book - worth picking up to read if you get a chance, but you'll sit there wondering when he'll 'fess up about some of the things he says in there.
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#10 Posted on 27.2.04 0142.30
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    Originally posted by Stilton
    Has anyone read 'Stu Hart: Lord of the Ring'?
    I can't believe I don't own this one yet, but if anyone's read it, I'd be interested in knowing what you think of it.

I really enjoyed that book, I think in large part because it covered such a lengthy period. Most of the WWE books coming out now cover a lot of the same stuff designed for the casual fans who didn't know wrestling existed pre-1998. Another thing that stood out about this book - different, say, than Blassie or Moolah's books - was that you get a look at a guy running one of the old territories rather than just a guy working in them. The book isn't very expensive, and I'd recommend picking it up.
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#11 Posted on 27.2.04 0456.26
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Well, if you are a fan of Jerry Lawler his "Its good to be King.......sometimes" Book is a very interesting read. Covers his days as an art school student and how he got into the business. Covers a LOT of the old Memphis days and the Andy Kauffman stuff is there too.

The Kurt Angle book is great in parts (his olympic quest) and just so so for the rest of it. But, if you like stories of determination and reading what athletes go through, this is a pretty good read.

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