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The Stone Cold Truth (WWE) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 2004


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: World Wrestling Entertainment; New edition edition (1 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743482670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743482677
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Austin is the most popular wrestler in WWE. J. R. Ross is a WWE commentator - the voice of RAW - and head of talent relations at WWE

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. J. Noble on 11 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge WWE fan, and have devoured most of the autobiographies that have been published over the course of the last four or five years. If you know anything about the wrestling business, you'd know that the memoirs of Steve Austin promise great things. The neck injury suffered at the hands of the usually dependable Owen Hart in 1997, an insight into the cutthroat environment of the backstage political minefield of the WWE locker room, the controversial 'walk-out' of 2002 - by rights, Austin's book should have been the most explosive wrestling-based book of all time, the WWE's answer to Roy Keane's autobiography.
In reality, Austin's book is a by-the-numbers account of his life and career, too often shying away from the total honesty that made Mick Foley's two non-fiction books such wonderful reads. Wrestling fans know Austin has axes to grind (and he has never been one to hold his tongue in interviews), but for some reason, he seems loath to straight shoot on any subject, which makes his book very frustrating for a die-hard fanatic to read. In addition, Austin is very careful - his woeful marriage record aside - to cast himself in a bad light. Although his book is not as delusional as Hulk Hogan's effort last year, Austin's unwillingness to look at some of his own mistakes (and here I refer to his own political games within the WWE, particularly in 1999 and 2002) leaves 'clued up' readers slightly non-plussed.
Having said that, the book does provide a nice insight into the wrestling business, and no doubt would seem eye opening to somebody who has not read Mick Foley's work. The book's strongest points are when Austin gives the rundown on his thoughts and feelings during his recent matches, which is always intriguing and interesting. For these reasons alone, it is worth reading.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. T. Cherry on 29 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've been a professional wrestling fan for the past ten years, many of which were spent following the career of the Texas Rattlesnake Stone Cold Steve Austin. If you yourself are in the same position, or even if you're new to the world of wrestling, I strongly recommend this book. I bought a copy earlier this week (regards to Amazon for the fast deilvary) and was so impressed I felt it right to come here and spread the word. There are so many things this book will teach you about the life of Steve Williams. I mean life. Steve talks about his childhood, his parental issues, his love life, his money struggles and more interestingly his wrestling career. If this isn't convincing enough for you, buy the book and read it for yourself. You will be glad you did.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Watmore on 25 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Steve Austin has been a hero of mine for over a decade, and I have been longing for him to write a book of his life ever since Mick Foley released his Autobiography. Foley's books are good but Austin's would be a lot better wouldn't it? I mean after all he is the biggest star in professional wrestling history and no one has made as much money for the business as he has. Going from a small time $100 a night wrestler in the Texas Territory in the late 80's to the Multi-Million Dollar a year Stone Cold Steve Austin of the WWE would be a story Disney would have had a hard time scripting.
Sadly this book just doesn't meet the expectations. For a start this book is not written by Steve Austin. It is actually Narrated in part by Steve Austin but the actual writting is done by Jim 'J.R.' Ross and Dennis Brent (A Ghost Writer). This sadly means that some of Austin's own character and personality is missing from certain parts of the book.
Another problem for the book is that it does tend to skip over great periods of time in his career, his stints in WCW and ECW only filled about a dozen pages. This was surprising to me seeing as Austin had been a multi-time Television Champion, Tag Team Champion and United States Champion in WCW, yet he makes out his time in WCW was unsuccessful and unproductive. Okay his treatment by WCW at the end of his tenure there, could explain his reason for not wanting to talk too much about it, but still he did have some good moments in WCW.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ell on 28 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I love this book, it tells you with full description on how Stone Cold Steve Austin actually found his passion for the wrestling business, how he actually built his personality, his rough childhood, and even why he left the business for a while, it even explains with a full description his feelings before he goes out to his matches! It draws you in to read about how Stone Cold gathered injuries, what he did whilst healing at home with these injuries, HECK, it even tells you Austins favourite matches and most hated matches!
Must Buy!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "johnpunani" on 12 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Brilliant book which I couldnt put down! Great insight into Stone Colds injury troubles and bumps and bruises that he's taken along the way in the ring and in his personal life.
Great reading about Steves opinion on Vince and interesting reading about the incident with Owen. Only down side is I dont think the books not long enough and a lot more could have been put in!
Apart from that I highly recommend it! Any wrestling fans gonna love it!
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