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5.0 out of 5 stars Have a Nice Day!, 29 July 2014
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The best wrestling autobiography ever written
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 30 Oct 1999
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A must for all WWF fans. This book rules!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a blood soaked seller., 14 Nov 1999
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A must have, A must read and a must enjo
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "King of Hardcore" writes the King of wrestling books, 6 Jan 2000
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Pro-wrestling doesn't get a lot of respect from most people. Remarks like "its all fake" and "no-one gets hurt" are often heard whenever the subject is mentioned. Well, to anyone that thinks that wrestlers don't get hurt I'd say just read the life-story of Michael Foley contained in this book. Mick has been hurt financially, mentally, emotionally, and certainly most of all physically by his time in the business, and he shares all of this pain in brutally honest detail.
From his early career working bingo halls, to his current run in the WWF, Foley gives of himself completely in this book. He is not afraid to admit his failings, or confess his mistakes, but he does it all with the good humour that makes this such an enjoyable read.
What really sets this apart from stuff like Ted Dibiase's and Jesse Ventura's books is that "Have a Nice Day" pulls no punches. Foley shows the business and the people who run it for what they are, good or bad. If people need taking down a peg or two Foley does it, whether its big-time promoters like Eric Bischoff or Vince McMahon, or "legends" like Ric Flair. Its the simply honesty with which Foley writes that makes the book so compelling.
If you are a fan, then you simply must own this book. If you aren't a fan of pro-wrestling I'd still encourage you to buy it. I promise you you won't read a better book on the subject, or a better autobiography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mick Foley - Have a Nice Day, 12 April 2013
This review is from: Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (Mass Market Paperback)
Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweat Socks.

By Mick Foley.

Published by HarperCollins.

Released October 20, 1999.

511 Pages, hard cover.

Have a Nice Day, where to begin? A New York Times number one times best seller of an autobiography wrote by Mick Foley who would go on to find success in of the same nature with the second volume of his memoirs. Mick has wrote 3 children's stories, 2 novels, and a total of 4 autobiographies not to mention that he wrote these due to finding fame as one of the most unlikeliest professional wrestling stars in the last two decades. Foley would go on to win the World Wrestling Federation (as it was then know, now WWE) title 3 times, be known as the 'Hardcore Legend' and one of the most adored characters of all time in the world of Sports Entertainment.

A Tale of Blood and Sweat Socks is very hard to flaw in any way. The story of an underdog who most likely should never have made it in the wrestling business following his dream until he reached every goal he could ever imagine and then some. Starting with his humble beginnings as a child, taking you through his awkward teenage years telling of failed and attempted romances and various other recollections, holding nothing back no matter how bad it may make himself look. Going over the now famous hitch-hiking to Madison Square Garden story, his aspirations encouraging him to jump off the roof's of houses and the development of his earliest alter ego, followed by training with Dominic DeNucci. All the time the reader feels a sense of relation to Mick combined with being able to chuckle at the way the stories are told, bringing out a plethora of emotions that Foley continues to draw from his audience constantly as his book continues. You travel with him all over the world Mexico, Japan, America and Germany through barb-wire, tables, and fire taking the reader on a trip they are likely to never forget. The section containing Germany is probably one of the more cringe worthy parts of the book, yet is told in such a way that by the time the story is over you can't help but laugh out loud at the outcome. Going into detail of his encounters with all walks of wrestlers such as Al Snow, Terry Funk, The Rock, Stone Cold, Vader and many more, also the promotions he had been apart of from the International Wrestling Association of Japan to World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation. Foley gives an open and honest interpretation of the events that shaped both him professionally and personally leaving out no point whether it is high or low in his life. Including the infamous Hell in a Cell match with the Undertaker at the 1998's King of the Ring, the capturing of the world championship for the first time then closes the book. All aspects of Mick's life are covered in Have a Nice Day including all of his alter ego's, eventful matches, and key moments in his personal life, as a reader you really feel as if you are walking through his life, experiencing every moment emotionally, leaving you to eagerly anticipate the next chapter.

Phenomenal is the first word that comes to mind to describe Mick Foley's first volume of autobiography, Have a Nice Day. No stone is left unturned including but not limited to experiencing the joyous tears of his children being born, his unfortunately humorous adolescent encounters, the pain of his most violent matches such as The King of the Death Match tournament, the hilarity shared backstage among wrestlers, the frustration of behind the scenes politics, and the sense of accomplishment at a seemingly insurmountable task. You will laugh, you will cry, you will grimace, you will be charmed by the goofy antics, and you will smile for Mick Foley. Any person who has been a fan of wrestling in any continent since the late 80's should have a copy of this book on their book shelf. This is not a book just for wrestling fans though, this is a story of a man who can be admired for his sheer determination and sheer to continue the proverbial ladder reaching his ultimate goal something anyone can relate to.

5/5 Stars

By Jimmy Wheeler
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing but not perfect!, 9 Jun 2001
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MICK FOLEY?! NUMBER ONE BEST SELLER?! The two words would never have appeared in the same sentence ... or so i thought! I picked up the book and could not put it down! It is the best non-fiction book that i have ever read! His tale is absaloutly spellbinding. He talks of how he went from sleeping in his car at weekends to becoming a multi-millionaire. His tale will make youlaugh (very hardly!), cry (as he announces his retirement) and of course cringe as you hear about his bone-crunching, skin burning, ear-losing battles! A must for everyone not just wrestling fans at all and i am totally sinsere when i say that.
And now you are thinking..."hang on this guy has just blabbered on about how this book is amazing but has missed a star on the ratings scale!?"
Well, frankly, no i haven't. The reason i only awarded 4 stars is not because i dont think it merits the full 5 stars but because for people who havent the faintest clue about pro wrestling, certain paragraphs of this book will be bewildering. However, do not let that simple and minor mistake put you off this great story of a man who has worked for everything has has got!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good, 20 Mar 2007
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Mick Foley's autobiography is good, but could be so much better. He does include a lot of detail, but i would much rather have more information on the famous Hell in a Cell match against Undertaker. I would have given it 5 stars, but i had 30 pages missing!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Please, this is ONLY FOR WRESTLING-FANS, 6 Dec 2003
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I am a wrestling-fan, and I was really, really looking forward to reading this book. Mick Foleys story is fascinating, and for a wrestling-fan such a "behind the scenes"-report is a must. With all the hype, I actually believed, that Mick Foleys efforts would have a lierary worth. I was disappointed. Mick makes only very little effort to explain moves and wrestling-terminology to the non-fan. You probaly need to know wrestling to enjoy this book (which means I can't recommend it to most of my friends). The book is littered with juvenile humor (do we really need a half page of the lyrics to a song called "boner" he wrote in High School?). The book has a noticeable amount of references to practical jokes, that rests on the premise that there is something wrong with being viewed as a homosexual. The book is repetetive. The book is 300 pages too long. He could easily have gotten every single point of the book across on less pages, if he sharpened up his writing. I have not read any of Micks later literary efforts (and I am not going to), but I do not see any literary talent in this. So why the 4 stars? Because I am a wrestling-fan, and I loved getting a glimpse of the backstage area, behind the stage that I watched so often growing up. Mick IS funny on occassion. And the chapters following his wrestling-career from his first bit of training untill he joined the WCW was a piece of very good reporting. It kept me satisfied, and made me tolerate the above mentioned negative aspects of the books. If you are not a wrestling-fan, I encourage you; Don't believe the hype!
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