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Hitman [Hardcover]

Bret Hart
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17 Jan 2009
A Story of Death, Sex, Betrayal, and Revenge; Sweat, Steriods and Duplicity - Bret Hart lifts the lid on the wacky, mythic, secretive word of pro wrestling in this epic tell-all. Bret Hart achieved superstardom in pink tights and won titles across the globe. But there is a dark underside to wrestling's stagey showmanship and Bret paid the price. There were betrayals: most famously by Vince McMahon, a man he had served loyally; and there were tragic deaths: including the loss of his brother Owen, who died when a stunt went terribly wrong. During his roller-coaster 20-year career, Bret kept an audio diary, recording life on the road: the relentless travel, the practical jokes, the sex, the drugs, the rivalries. Now, his riveting, self-written, no-holds-barred account blows apart the mysterious world of wrestling.

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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (17 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091932858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091932855
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 14 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best wrestling book there is, the best wrestling book there was and maybe even the best wrestling book there ever will be The Sun Packed with drugs, sex, vicious family in-fighting and tales of life on the road ... Hart names names and lays it all bare in his own words' The Globe and Mail A legend! The Rock Bret Hart still makes me believe that wrestling is good Hulk Hogan Amazingly detailed and meticulously crafted ... Hitman will stand the test of time as one of the definitive wrestling biographies Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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The international bestseller by 'the living legend of wrestling' - The Sun --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pink And Black Attack 22 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
I bought this book as a First Edition from Canada. It cost me a few quid but it is simply the best wrestling book ever written. A first hand account of what life is like on the road for a wrestler.

You will laugh, you will cry and some of it you will be shocked by. Has some great stories from Bret's time wrestling for his Dad in Canada. His time in the WWE (indepth look at the famous screwjob). To his time in WCW and after his retirement.

If you are a wrestling fan then this is a must read book. Still worth a read though to learn about a Canadian Hero. Overall a great insight to a wrestling legand.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and Moving 24 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
While I was growing up in the eighties and early nineties Bret Hart was a real hero to me. I loved his style and his physique and even at that young age I think I appreciated his character as a hard worker who always gave his best and earned every win he got. However, due to my interest in wrestling gradually waning over the years it wasn't until recently that I saw the Hitman documentary "Wrestling With Shadows".

This was a real eye opener to me on the whole 'Montreal Screwjob' scenario that I had only really heard of in passing before, and as a result when I learned that Bret's open and honest autobiography was about to be released I ordered it straight away, and I must say that this book is fascinating.

Early on the book seems like an extremely honest but somewhat by-the-numbers wrestling autobiography, in which Bret describes starting out with his brothers and later Jim Neidhart, Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith, and he is very open about the drugs and sex and real violence that followed them around throughout their early tours.

The antics described in much of the first half of the book will shock and quite possibly appall some readers, and certainly shattered a few of my childhood illusions, but Bret still comes across as a good guy trying to do his best in a world full of temptations (and I believe him). The real beauty of the chronicling of Bret's fledging career though comes in the foreshadowing of world famous events down the line, such as early encounters with Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels, and Bret's lovingly written memories of his late brother Owen, all of which make sure that you can't help but keep reading.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best there is. 7 April 2009
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If you like Bret Hart or not,this is a compulsive read from the early days in Canada in his father's promotions to Japan and climbing the ladder in the then W.W,F. to the debacle of W.C.W. This is one of the best biographies I have read.Blisteringly honest with funny,sad and tragic memories.Do yourself a favour and buy this book.You will not be dissapointed.The original draft was double the size of the finished book. More to come perhaps?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best there is. 3 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book is devestatingly good from start to finish. As "modern fans" of wrestling, we know that wrestling isn't "real", but most of us realise that the action in them rings still hurts and costs the wrestlers. You just have no idea how much. This book will take you on a heart wrenching journey to a point where can begin to understand just how much the wrestling industry takes from people year in, year out.

Every word of this tale is well thought out and to the point. You feel the pain, the joy, everything that Bret Hart has lived through.

Few wrestling books can claim to be great, and none have ever come close to Mick Foleys first autobiograhpy "have a nice day". That is untill now.
Quite simply, the best wrestling book there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Even though Bret Hart wasn't my favourite wrestler back in the day his book is probably the best book to read to get some insight into the wrestling world. Bret really gives an honest account of his life all over the world in the territories including Japan, England, Germany the WWF/WCW and Stampede Wrestling. Along the way you will get great a great understanding of people like Tom Billington (Dynamite Kid),Hogan, Vince, Savage, Flair, Shawn Michaels, British Bulldog and Brets own family. Lots of wrestlers have demons in the form of somas or steroids, alcohol abuse or painkillers but Bret suffered demons through his relationships, family, and decisions.

If you want a real account of life behind WWF/WWE doors then this is the book for you. This isn't a watered down WWE production book made by WWE propagandist writers but a real good slice of life behind WWF doors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest ever 15 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is truly a great read. This is a man who truly turned the wrestling industry at one point and has finally told his story so far. I am a huge wrestling fan but will be the 1st to admit that at times wrestler's autobiographies can be let downs at times for one reason or another but this is not 1 of them for many reasons.

First off, due to Bret recording his times on the road during his life, he gives a more accurate account and feeling of how he felt at the time.

Secondly, he at the very least appears honest as he says good and bad about everyone including himself and will openly admit he is far from being innocent in his life.

Thirdly, he shows various sides of himself, good and funny and bad and ugly. Does he whine in this book? Yes. Does he try to have a laugh at times? Yes. What I'm saying is he's not afraid to show any aspect of himself here.

Lastly, it is very well written, to the point where I'd put this only second to Mick Foley's books (to this day I'd say he is number 1 and will stay there) with only a select few wrestlers coming close (Chris Jericho's book is a good example and another good read).

If you are a true wrestling fan and want to have a perspective to the goods and bads of the industry along with a story of one of the greatest of all time then this is worth it. I have met this man and he is like the rest of us, one of a kind and has a story worth telling and in this case does it very well. Enjoy reading those who do buy this highly recommended piece of literature!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best there is, best there was and the best there ever will be
My favourite wrestler as a kid and his book doesn't disappoint. From his humble upbringing in a packed house crazed on wrestling. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karl
5.0 out of 5 stars From the Hart
This is a excellent book.

It shows the trials and tribulations of pro wrestling, from the view of its best. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris.T
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of My Favourites, In Book Form
I loved this book from start to finish. It really showed me what it means to be a professional wrestler, and what it meant to others. Read more
Published 2 months ago by tomrankin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !!!!!!!!
Wonderful honest account of the good, bad and sometimes very ugly side of professional wrestling.
Literally couldn't put it down. A must for any wrestling fan.
Published 2 months ago by mrs nicola louise bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars brill read
Loved it! Couldn't put it down once I started to read it..it's going to be one of them books I can read again and again
Published 3 months ago by Mr. S. A. Morrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Bret Hart Tells The Truth
one of the great athletes in wrestling bares his soul in one of the best wrestling autobiographies since Mick Foley's Have A Nice Day a fantastic read a must have for any true fan... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jon P
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, even if you're not into wrestling
I expected a book full of funny stories and some insights of the life as a pro-wrestler, I found a truly great book that digs deeply in life. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Francesco Mandolini
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense and Eye opening account
This book has been brilliant. The term that "Wrestling is fake" is thrown around a lot but what these guy's do to themselves for the paying public's pleasure tears them to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Matthew Lillis
5.0 out of 5 stars Best autobiography i've read
An amazing life with many storeys from an honest individual within a unique place and time in the world from start to finish. This book has everything you won't want it to end.
Published 4 months ago by Philip Hoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Bret = Legend :-)
What a Great book, if you were a wrestling fan in the early/mid 90's, then take the time to read this. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Connie Ann Davies
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