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Mankind: Have a Nice Day! - A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks [Hardcover]

Mick Foley
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17 April 2000

The autobiography of the Mick Foley, a legend of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) scene, the organisation’s one-time champion, and the face behind the wrestlers, Dude Love, Cactus Jack and latterly, Mankind.

Away from the razzamatazz of the World Wrestling Federation circuit, Mick Foley is a nice man. He is a quiet family man, who loves his wife and children and all the things that go hand in hand with such a life. But beneath the surface he is a warped enigma.

In the adrenaline-crazed world of the hugely popular WWF scene, and to the thousands watching in arenas around America and to the millions tuning in around the world, Mickey Foley is God.

Mankind: Have a Nice Day! is the autobiography of the family man with three deranged personalities and a taste for blood. As Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind, Foley has built a fan base of millions. They are drawn to his ring presence and experimentation with Japanese Death Matches which replace the ring ropes with barbed wire, cover the mats in gold thumbtacks, and feature C4 explosives scattered throughout the ring.

And he has the injuries to prove it. Barbed wire scars zigzag his body, second-degree burns from a C4 explosion cover his arm and shoulder, and a missing ear – torn clean off during a bout. Not to mention missing teeth, numerous broken limbs and over 50 stitches.

This book is an intimate glimpse into the hardcore world of Mickey Foley, his mind, his history and his passions. From his early back-yard wrestling antics, to his candid and grisly descriptions of ring injuries, to remarkable scoops on wrestling legends Terry Funk, Harley Race, Abdullah the Butcher and Ric Flair, this is the story of a legend of the ring who has experienced it all and survived to tell the tale.

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Willow; New edition edition (17 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007105568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007105564
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.2 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,165,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frankly, this literary critic didn't expect Mick Foley's memoir of his life as Mankind (and his other wrestling personas, Cactus Jack and Dude Love) to hit No. 1 on's hardcover non-fiction best-seller list in its first literary bout. Do we really need 500-plus pages of Foley's boasts? Yes. Foley gives his all for his calling and he burns to tell his adventures. Take the famous tale of how he lost most of his ear (the bloody result is depicted in the 16-page, colour photo section). It was in his 1994 bouts with Vader (Leon White), after getting a broken nose, a dislocated jaw and 21 stitches in the first match, that Foley did his "hangman" routine, wherein he catches his neck between the second and third ropes and spins them into a twist: "The end result is the illusion of a man being hanged by his neck while his body kicks and writhes in an attempt to get out ... the man actually is hanging by his neck and the body really does kick and writhe in an attempt to get out". Unfortunately, in the prior match, Too Cold Scorpio had had the officials tighten the ropes so Foley tore off his ear to avoid death by strangulation, like "a fox that chews off its paw to escape a trap". Foley also wrestles on 10,000-thumbtack mats with barbed-wire ropes and C-4 explosives and earns the ultimate compliment: "The fans really like the way you bleed". Many fans also like the way his gory story reads. --Tim Appelo,


‘Mankind is a far, far better read than Fever Pitch’
AA Gill in the Sunday Times

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan-ruddy-Tastic ! 15 Feb 2006
By Tristan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is why Amazon created a 5-star rating !
If they made a 10-star rating then this would earn it too !
For a wrestling fanatic who wants to know about the world of WWE then this is a great read. Foley takes you through his early years of wrestling and through to his first ever Heavyweight Title win. All this via ECW, WCW and other independant businesses.
He talks openly and frankly about relationships with other wrestlers, friends and foes, and even through an incident with The Rock that stopped hem from talking to one another for a very long time.
For a non-wrestling fan this is a again a great read. It teaches you that nothing is too far from your reach if you are HardCore enough to take it by the balls, and shove your face in its crotch !
Have A Nice Day !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotions run wild 11 Oct 2001
By A Customer
I own both the paper back (with the extra chapter) and the hard back copy of this book, and I have to say, I laughed and cried my way through this book.
I have never enjoyed a book so much as I have Mick Foley's and I was happy to see that he opted to write the book on his own terms rather than through a ghost writer like the other wrestling stars. The only time I put the book down was when the passage came up about the late Owen Hart, it was beautifully written and shared private moments, that we wouldn't have known about.
This book is both personal to the man who wrote it, and it becomes personal to you, as it seems like he is telling his life to you and only you.
I recommend this book to both wrestling fans, and those who say that they wouldn't be caught dead watching this "fake sport". Read inside of the covers, and you will realise it is more than just sports entertainment, it is a way of life, and one that many love. If you don't know of Mick Foley it is a chance to see inside of a man that many regard as a "God" in the world of wrestling, and see just why he is so loveable. He will make you think twice about this sport.
Both thumbs up, he has done himself proud with this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foley truly is good 28 Oct 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After watching Mick Foleys Greatest hits & misses DVD I just had to get the book, and what a hell of a book it is.
Even if you don't care too much for the mat sport it is one man's tale of ambition and desire to make his mark, and it's both funny and touching. We get to find out the origins of Cactus Jack, Mankind & Dude Love and also learn about Mick the family man and although the result is pre determined in a match and the wrestlers discuss what they intend to do before a match he lets you know that the moves do hurt, not only the man in the ring, but also the family in the crowd.
A fantastic read, highly recommended & have a nice day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have A Nice Read... 15 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having Being an avid reader of most wrestlers biographys from the rock to ric flair i can honestly say that this has got the be the best that the wwf(e) has released. Foley gives you a very descriptive outlook on the events of his life until the royal rumble of 1999, yet at the same time even though it is very descriptive it is still very entertaining to read as he makes most serious or violent subjects very light hearted to read, a strength that foley has shown in his other books aswell.He talks about all of the things that have changed his life from when the girl of his dreams called him "frank" to the day when he became wwf(e) champion on monday night raw. He even talks about certain people he has met on his road to the top of the wrestling world some not well known, and some very well known like ric flair whom Foley doesn't think much of when it comes to booking matches to the always controversial Shawn Michaels. one thing that has to be said though of this book is that Foley makes the wrestling angles and matches sound real, which we all know are all pre planned out before which may disappoint any reader that wants to know about "blading" or anything like that. But overall if you are a curious non wresling fan that were interested in a book to read about the "sport" or one of the best entertainers of the "sport" then this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have a nice day... reading this book I did! 9 April 2002
I must admit when I bought this book I was a little apprehensive but as soon as I managed to get through the first few pages all that went away. On eof the main things that attracted me to this book was that it was written by the man himself, Mick Foley. I think the reason why this book is such an excellent read is because he manages to add his own humour and personal touch to the stories in his life that he looks back on so fondly, and others maybe not so fondly. I would have to say that 'Have A Nice Day' is one of the best books that I have ever read, and it really shows that Mick Foley is equally at home inside a steel cage as to what he is, with a note book and pen in his hand. The book covers so many aspects of his life and not all of them are directly connected to his wrestling career, and I must admit to being a big wrestling fan, but i'm sure other readers who are not big fans of this type of sports entertainment would also be pleasently surprised by what this book has to offer. One aspect which i'm sure all wrestling fans will enjoy about this book as it gives a very candid behind the scenes look at the industry, that is both humerous and very enlightening. Anyone who is reading these reviews now and is tempted to buy this book, I would definately recommend it, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have a Nice Day!
The best wrestling autobiography ever written
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superb book that you won't put down till you finish
Published 2 months ago by Ryan Humphries
5.0 out of 5 stars The Daddy of wrestling autobiographies
This is a wonderful book. Foley is engaging, self-depracating and fascinating. His story is one of a man who loves what he does but sees through its (many) faults and... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars FOLEY IS GOD
A gift for any wrestling fan, and if not a fan, and your one of toughs people that has never really got wrestling and, just flips it off as fake then hopefully it will make you... Read more
Published 6 months ago by matt R
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a nice day
Fantastic and fascinating book, well worth a read for any real pro wrestling fans out there. Mick foley writes with such truth and great comedic timing, to capture the reader from... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gumsy420
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book but shame about the later chapters....
After reading a lot of the reviews of this book I couldn't wait to start reading it. Ok, I'm reading it about 8 years to late but hey, I just didn't have time before! Read more
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Am reading it now and it is in really good condition very pleased with it . Also enjoying the general story in book to
Published 15 months ago by Jessie Mcglade
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