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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (14 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449953417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449953416
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 800,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CB on 5 Jun. 2013
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Who knew 'Uncle Zeb' could be so entertaining?.
I freely admit i am a wrestling mark, with 30+ biographies on my wrestling bookshelf.
If there was ever a wrestling curriculum, this would be a recommended text, and would be one I would suggest to people to read first.
The sheer variety of recollections and stories in this book read like a "Who's Who" of wrestling (or good old southern rassling, as todays WWE sports-entertainment product would say).
The only negative thing I can say is it is a slightly disjointed read, flitting from organisations (and countries at times), and jumping around chronologically, but when the content is this interesting that can be forgiven.
Have ordered "Tales from a dirt road" by the same author, and cannot wait!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It begs for a sequel 21 Jan. 2010
By Art Vandalay - Published on
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I've always loved Dutch's work on commentary in Smoky Mountain and the all too brief run behind the mic in WCW. When I heard the Dutchman would be putting out a book - I instantly joined the mailing list and waited with great eagerness for it to arrive. Hands down one of the best wrestling books out there. The book reads like you're sitting in the car with the Dirty Dutchman driving down the highway and he's right there with you telling you his stories.

My biggest complaint? IT ENDED!! Clearly Dutch knew that by putting this out then everyone would want another book..and then another..and another. Well he has me hooked that's for sure.

I just hope in the next one Dutch gives us his thoughts on such TNA "classics" as the Reverse Battle Royale or the epic Barbed Wire Christmas Tree match - I have a feeling his take on those are just priceless.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Amusing and informative 25 Feb. 2011
By Peter - Published on
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I must admit to not being very aware of Dutch Mantell so I bought this book with some trepidation as I thought it could have been fairly dull.

Turns out that Dutch Mantell is one great story-teller! He has been around the smaller territories (not counting a fairly brief WWF managerial run) for many years and has worked behind the scenes at TNA.

Mantell is a natural at telling stories of places, events and people that he has met with humour and at times, drama. He spends a chapter on his dealings with Steve Austin, The Undertaker and Kane before all three were famous. This is one of the better sections of the book (especially with Austin) and if Mantell did nothing else in the business, his contribution to these three men alone would make him a legend.

Looking forward to his next book and hope there are more to come from Dutch.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great read for wrestling fans! 3 April 2014
By Christopher Jones - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoy reading wrestling books - love the sport/entertainment and love learning about the history of it. Most of the time, books written by a wrestler tend to be their autobiography and can be divided into two parts - the history of said wrestler and backstage stories. The former is fine if you truly love the wrestler and want to know more about him/her. Usually, I don't really care about who Chris Jericho has dated or Mick Foley's visits to children's hospitals. It just doesn't interest me. What I want are backstage stories about wrestling and/or wrestlers. That's what makes Dutch Mantell's "The World According to Dutch" so enthralling to me - it's nothing but backstage stories. He doesn't bore me describing how he met his wife or what happened the first time he took his kid to Disneyland or the bickering that went on in his house growing up. It's written as if you just sat down next to him at a bar and asked him random questions on wrestling as you drank the night away.

That's not say this is a perfect book. There seems to be no ghost writer here nor is there much editing period - it's written in blog form with, maybe, one round of proofreading. Second, if you really want to know more about Dutch outside of wrestling, look elsewhere. Third, although I happened to like this, there is no rhyme or reason behind any of the chapters nor is there any coherent narrative here. One chapter is about the formation of the TNA, another about meeting the Undertaker, another about Macho Man and a police dog, etc... It truly is just random stories, for better or worse.

Overall it's a fun, quick read with plenty of stories to keep most wrestling fans interested.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A fun-filled ride down the roads with one magnificent storyteller 16 Jan. 2010
By David A. Wills - Published on
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Finished this wonderful book of stories. I was facinated by so many of the wild and fun accounts including wrestling a bear and inside a prison, along with tales of Puerto Rico, Memphis, WWE and more. I have to say that this is an awesome book all around.

Fans & Readers, Buy a copy now. Better yet, buy a few copies and give some of them to your friends. If you don't have any friends, you will make some after they read the book you gave them. They will be laughing out loud for sure.

When the world gets you down, It is nice to know there is a place you can go for a smile and some great memories and great fun. Of course, that place is "The World According to Dutch".

David Wills
Atlanta, GA
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
What a Ride,what a story! 7 Jan. 2010
By Tennoutdrsman - Published on
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Just finished the book,and I have to say,It's a classic.If you wanted to know what some of these folks go through in the crazy world of wrestling,this book is for you.Sort of does what 'The wrestler"did in the movie,except the book goes behind the scenes so you can look through the eye's of Dutch and he "Shares" his "...thoughts" with us as well.I was with Dutch as he wrestled in that Prison,as me and my father were the "ring crew".Yes,i thought and wondered the same of our cousin,Jerry Jarrett,"why would he book wrestling at a..PRISON?!"..
Dutch,you have literally done/seen it all.Glad you survived "the ride".Let's just hope it isn't over.Thanks for bringing back the memories!
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