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Masked Decisions: The Triangular Life of Dick 'The Destroyer' 'Doctor X' Beyer; From American Athlete to International Icon Paperback – 25 Nov 2011

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  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Vince Evans (25 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983554897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983554899
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,611,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read most of the wrestling books listed on here, and have been watching wrestling for over 20 years but I had never seen The Destroyer in action.

The level of depth, the personal insights, the stories are all here to give us all a proper account of Dick Beyer's fantastic life.

I could not reccomend this enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Couldn't put it down!!! 10 Dec 2011
By Olivia Z - Published on
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I got this book because I love biographies and I found this one a great read! From the opening chapter, which explains how Dick Beyer became 'The Destroyer', to his emotional finale, I was riveted by the twists and turns this man's life takes. But if you think this is just another book about a sports figure, you will be very surprised. While it is filled with college football and wrestling stories, there is so much more. It's a saga about a man's triumphs and heartbreaks, and the impact his decisions have on the people closest to him. However, I was impressed by the fact that no matter what adversity he faces, he stays true to himself. The book is loaded with vivid descriptions, and the humor and tragedy woven throughout allow the reader to feel the gamut of emotions. It is truly an inspirational story, with something in it for everyone; you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy this one. I found it hard to believe this man hasn't been written about previously. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The MAIN EVENT of wrestling books published to date. 6 Jan 2012
By GEORGE SCHIRE - Published on
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I waited a long time for this one. When I got an email from Dick Beyer telling me that it was finally available, I couldn't wait to not only get it, but read it. This is a fascinating story about a true "Living Legend", and one of the most interesting and intriqing characters the pro wrestling business ever saw climb into a ring. From his earliest beginnings, to his retirement from the squared circle, "Masked Decisions" is a book that you won't be able to put down.

As a young journeyman in the 1950's, Beyer colorfully creates a visual picture of the wrestling scene in the territorial days. And then in 1962, the legend, "The Destroyer" was born! Not by his own choosing in the beginning, but soon, the mask wisked away humble Dick Beyer, and gave the promoters and the fans, a wrestler that was always guaranteed to electrify them.

Over the course of his career, Beyer, the Destroyer, and in between, Doctor X, carved out a ring record that is second to no one else in wrestling before or since. All the big stars of his era are included in his memories: Freddie Blassie, Giant Baba, Verne Gagne, Lou Thesz, Rikidozan, Hard Boiled Haggerty, Don Manoukian, Art Michalik, and even Gorgeous George. And in his AWA days as Doctor X, the gallery of stars that either faced or teamed with him is a who's who of the business. Names like Igor Vodik, Crusher Lisowski, Dick the Bruiser, Wilbur Snyder, Edouard Carpentier, Cowboy Bill Watts, Paul Diamond, Mad Dog Vachon, Black Jack Lanza, Harley Race, Larry Hennig, Nick Bockwinkel, Billy Robinson, Lars Anderson, and even his famous brother-in-law Billy Red Lyons.

And Dick doesn't just tell us about his career, he also shares many personal highs and lows in his personal life as well. Stories about his family, the hardship of traveling, and about the two great women that helped him through it all.

Over the last decade or so, there have been literally dozens of wrestler and wrestling books published, but "Masked Decisions" is the main event of them all. This is the one you don't want to pass up! And my special thanks to Dick Beyer for all the many years of friendship he's given me. I'm honored beyond words.
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Very Interesting Biography 29 Jan 2013
By Ashley Sugar-notch - Published on
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A great biography of an interesting sports figure that not very many people knew outside of the Pro Wresting forum. Well written and really helps the reader understand what it's like to be up and down in your chosen profession. Obviously, Dick was a showman with a REAL person down inside. I'd recommend it to anybody.
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Masked Decisions: The Triangular Life 23 Jan 2012
By Don Manoukian - Published on
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This is an athletic/academic inspiring history of a coach,mentor,teacher, and businessman who holds a Masters Degree and just happens to be a world renown professional wrestler. His physical and athletic skills have enabled him to travel the world and win the acclaim of not only his fans but his peers as well. "The Destroyer" has created a life that has no twilight or no "just fading away" to it (like General Mc Arthur). His boundless energy and genuine interest in other people should serve as a reminder to us all that life is a cornucopia of friends and endless learning. I am looking forward to "Mr" Beyers next book when he celebrates his 90th. We thank him for sharing his memories and thoughts with us.
Outstanding Book 2 Mar 2013
By Securitydog - Published on
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Tells a great story and for all he did in life he never one time came across as arrogant.His storys on the road were wonderful and his love for his family and respect for his ex wife were very storng.His God like status was Crazy and the way he kept his secret under the mask was really old school.1 of the best books out there
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