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Cross Rhodes: Goldust, Out of the Darkness (WWE) [Paperback]

Mark Vancil
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6 Jan 2011 WWE
Cross Rhodes is the story of one of the most famous families in the history of the WWE, as told by Dustin Rhodes, first son of the legendary Dusty Rhodes, and older brother of emerging star, Cody Rhodes. As a young boy, Dustin tried to find himself while growing up in his father's shadow. Dusty wanted his son to play football, mostly to avoid the brutal business that was making him famous. But Dustin wanted nothing more than to follow his father into the world of professional wrestling. It wasn't until the middle of a painful five-year estrangement between father and son that Dustin finally stepped out of his father's boots - literally - and made a name for himself as Goldust. But for Dustin, the dark edges of the controversial character became a matter of art imitating life, and despite an emotional reunion with his father, redemption and rehabilitation were still well down the line...

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: World Wrestling Entertainment (6 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439195161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439195161
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Vancil is president of Rare Air Media, a publishing and communications company based in Winnetka, Illinois, that has produced dozens of award-winning books and custom publishing programmes for sports, publishing and entertainment clients.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Obviously ghost written by someone with no real feel for pro wrestling, hence the references to 'Brett' Hart and Dustin joining 'TNA' in the early 90s. Presumably he meant to say WCW. Rhodes was the son of one of the most successful stars of the era, and competed in WWE and WCW during one of the most exciting and controversial times there has ever been to be a wrestling fan. The book is a missed opportunity to provide some fascinating insights. Most fans who have so much as read Dustin Rhodes's Wikipedia page could have gone away and written a better book than this without having even met the man. A typical lazy WWE book which insults the intelligence of the fans.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cross Rhodes 19 Feb 2011
By Dan
I've read just about every bio/autobiography out there by past and present WWE stars and this ranks rock bottom among them by a fair distance. Kudos to the previous reviewer who counted the empty pages and lack of any real substance in this book, I can only echo this. I can't even recommend this to people who love wrestling bio/autobiographies as there's so many better books out there. And if you really are a Goldust fan, you'll know everything and more that's contained in these (not very many) pages anyways.

Pick up Bret Hart or Chris Jericho's first book (A Lions Tale) if you want a decent read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stay away! 23 Feb 2011
honestly, the worst wrestling book i've ever read. very little depth (save time and money and read his wikipedia page) and so many errors (says he wrestled in TNA in the 90s, TNA wasnt formed until 2001). I've actually come away from reading this book with a little less respect for Dustin Rhodes. The book is full of self-praise and the some of the last few pages is just ass-kissing to the big names in WWE. Feels like it was written by a 10 year old in places and doesnt deserve place on your book shelf next to decent books like Flairs, Harts, Jerichos or Regals. The only wrestling book i forced myself to finish.

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1.0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment... 13 April 2011
Goldust is one of my all-time favourite characters: His pre-debut vignettes were fantastic and he was one of the WWF's most original creations. It's such a shame this book doesn't live up to expectations. It has absolutely no depth and huge portions of Dustin Runnels' career are covered in a couple of sentences. Was Runnels really that much under the influence that he cannot remember the in-depth details of his gimmicks, matches and career in general? Throughout the book, we are reminded time and again that Runnels a) has had a hard relationship with his father and b) has had lengthy addictions to alcohol and drugs. Overall, it makes for depressing reading. Runnels also has the dates and details of certain events all mixed up. For example, he states that in 1997 (around about the time he and then wife and manager Terri Runnels were going to do a sit-down interview with Jim Ross) he burned the Goldust costume much to the dismay of Vince McMahon. This is incorrect: Runnel's burned his Goldust duds on Raw in mid-1998. The WWF product had dramatically changed during that period. How did he get that mixed up? Runnels also comes across as a typical 'born again' WWE-Yes Man: He compliments backstage general Triple H at every opportunity. Runnels recent 'tweets' about WWE not being wrestling anymore but 'pure entertainment' reinforce this: He's another guy happy to be in a job and happy to be in the WWE 'family'. Avoid this: If you're a fan of Dustin Rhodes/Runnels/Goldust, you will be picking holes in the regular factual mistakes. I would go as far as to say it's tainted my fond memories of the Goldust character. Sorry to be so harsh regarding a book about seemingly fragile person like Dustin, but this left me feeling nauseous. Don't bother with this pile of nonsence.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not good... 27 Sep 2011
By Marv...
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Terribly written....and a boring read. I like Dustin Rhodes but his book sucks. Probably the worst WWE book I've read, and I read the Chyna book.
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