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The Mouth of the South: The Jimmy Hart Story
The Mouth of the South: The Jimmy Hart Story
by Jimmy Hart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable if over glossy, 30 Nov 2007
Mouth of the South is an entertaining read in which Jimmy Hart goes through his career from music to Memphis and to WWF.While the book is certainly enjoyable and very readable, it seems to gloss over subjects and we find out very little about himself and his personal life.The biggest criticism is surely his WCW career which starts on page 160 and considering the book is only 179 pages gives you an indication of the depth, or lack there of, covered.In conclusion an enjoyable read although lacking in revelation, depth and length.


Forgiven: One Man's Journey from Self-Glorification to Sanctification
Forgiven: One Man's Journey from Self-Glorification to Sanctification
by Ed Ferrara
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars to like Russo or to not like Russo..., 23 Nov 2007
'Forgiven' is difficult to review as it really will depend on your personal view of Vince Russo-some see him as the creative genius behind the boom period of the WWF in the late 90's, whilst others see him as a man obsessed with crash tv and was a simple clog in the machine of WWF.Some may find his reflections on himself disjointed when reading,while some may even be put off by the religious tones throughout the book.However,whether you like him or not, its difficult to argue that he was present for some of the key momments in wrestling history from the departure of Hall and Nash, to Montreal, as well as the rise of Austin,Rock,DX etc. Therefore, whilst the book only covers up to the end of his WWF career, it is certainly a unique perspective and which fans of the attitude period should enjoy,and a book which I personally did like.


Turning the Tables: The Story of Extreme Championship Wrestling
Turning the Tables: The Story of Extreme Championship Wrestling
by John Lister
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Impartial,factual and well written, 21 Nov 2007
Turning the Tables is a very well written book with very interesting statistics and facts.Whilst little new ground is covered due to the ECW story having become so saturated,what is covered is done so in an engaging format, making this book the ECW version of 'The Death of WCW'-which is certainly a compliment


Batista Unleashed (WWE)
Batista Unleashed (WWE)
by Dave Batista
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars honest and frank despite limited career, 18 Nov 2007
Batista Unleashed is a very enojyable read in which you truly get Batista's feelings on matters, which unveils a story of a man with more to him than perhaps people may think.The only drawback is his wrestling career,particularly as a headliner,has been fairly short,so maybe this autobiography is perhaps too early,but the life he's lead more than makes up for it-an engaging read


Signature Moves (WWE)
Signature Moves (WWE)
by Michael McAvennie
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A glorified magazine with less writing, 16 Nov 2007
This review is from: Signature Moves (WWE) (Paperback)
This book, if you can call it that, is simply pages of different photos of wrestlers finishers accompanied by one solo sentence-literally.The most amount of writing is on the back cover.This is simply a magazine style book which could be suitable on the coffee table or in a doctors or hospital waiting room.If there was ever a time to use the phrase 'style over substance' this would be it.


World Wrestling Insanity: The Decline and Fall of a Family Empire
World Wrestling Insanity: The Decline and Fall of a Family Empire
by James Guttman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.32

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good analysis does not equate to a good read, 16 Nov 2007
World Wrestling Insanity is at times an entertaining read looking at various aspects of wwe which are more than questionable.While the analysis is generally always right on the money,the informal and very subjective writing style I found to be not suitable and inappropriate.Also the flow of the book is very disjointed jumping from one subject matter to another,in no chronological or logical manner.Also the pacing of the book is flawed with one chapter going six pages whilst another chapter lasts more than a quarter of the whole book.Overall, whilst the book covers suitable subject matters, the negative, subjective and 'chatty' style makes the book disappointing.


Mysteries of Wrestling: Solved
Mysteries of Wrestling: Solved
by Adam Kleinberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.42

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Far surpassed my expectations, 16 Nov 2007
I expected little of 'Mysteries of Wrestling:Solved' at first.I initially found the format somewhat contrived (co-written thoughts, solo thoughts, then wrestlers quotes),but once you adjust to the writing style it is an enjoyable read,which covers several key topics.While it does not cover much new ground, what it does cover is very interesting such as the toughest wrestler ever, opinions of the Kliq, internets impact on wrestling, ecw's legacy and many more.Overall, a book which I grew to like after each and every page.


The Death of WCW (Wrestlecrap)
The Death of WCW (Wrestlecrap)
by R.D. Reynolds
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply a great book, 16 Nov 2007
The Death of WCW is without question one of the most interesting and entertaining wrestling books I have read.It is both informative, entertaining and gripping.While initially I found the start covered no new ground which always gets discussed everywhere (eg Ted Turner purchase, Hogan debut, start of Nitro etc etc),once it approached '98 and onwards it was mind blowing some of the stuff they were doing,which I either supressed or just forgot about.Having been a big fan of WCW, it was both funny and depressing being reminded of what happened to once a great company.Combined with the facts and figures which support all the claims (eg tv ratings and buy rates) -this is one great book.


The Hardcore Diaries (WWE)
The Hardcore Diaries (WWE)
by Mick Foley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.08

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like a starter-enjoyable but you feel you're missing the main course, 16 Nov 2007
The Hardcore Diaries is an interesting and enjoyable read, which just seems to have something missing.While its unique perspective from the diary aspect is entertaining and honest,the book seems at times disjointed and the flow is sometimes questionable.You get the impression that Mick wanted to write more than he did but feels he shouldn't (eg a brief mention of the TNA situation) and can't (eg Shawn and Hunter).Also his stint when he was working for independent companies seems to be discussed in a matter of sentences.If you're a fan of Micks prior work then you will enjoy the read-just maybe left wanting more detail on certain matters.To get a more complete story then I would reccommend ROH Straight shootin' with Mick Foley on dvd which is far more compelling.


Controversy Creates Cash (WWE)
Controversy Creates Cash (WWE)
by Eric Bischoff
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing autobiography, 16 Nov 2007
Controversy Creates Cash is certainly a unique and enjoyable autobiography.Rather than a reliance on constant storylines which is so common in wrestling books,it was refreshing to read his perspective focusing on the business aspect and his mode for how to create entertaining television, such as marketing practices as well as the issues he had to face.While it could be said that Eric Bischoff does deflect some of the reasons wcw went out of business (eg the merger as opposed to the poor use of talent),it is undoubtable an interesting and entertaining read.

Mark David Bradshaw


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