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Broken Harts: The Life and Death of Owen Hart Paperback – 8 Jan 2004
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Martha Hart openly states on the first page that writing this book was very therapeutic for her I really hope it brings her and her children peace of mind. She also states this is not a book about Owen the wrestler she wrote this focusing on Owen the person. Her husband, the father of their children, and member of the Hart family. Martha was an outsider to the wrestling business, and (as a comment from Bret to Owen got misinterpreted shows) despite the financial rewards she only saw the dark side of the business. The loneliness of being separated from your family, the horrendous travel expected, and of course drugs and womanising going on.
She wanted to show despite being born into one of the most in/famous families in wrestling Owen was different. Like Mick Foley was in wrestling to make a living rather than living for wrestling. She talks about his early life, then how they met, their time dating and making a life together. A recurring theme of the book is Owen saying after this contract expires we will be set, how many time do people say one more big deal or one more case then I will hang it up.
She talks about Owen start in wrestling but for the point of view of the family, so does not go into details of the matches as she admits she did not watch them or was interested in wrestling other than it was Owen's job. His Two stints in the WWF or WWE, from starting out as a Jobber, star to Maga-star. Then the accident that killed Owen but also shattered her life. The Investigation into negligence and wrong doing on the WWE's part. The Lawsuit the settlement finally life moves on.
The title of the book I think would be perfect for the Hart family themselves. A lot of the facts in this book especially about the Hart family and how divided and money grabbing some members are from other books like Bret's book the Hitman, or A lion's tale. The only criticism I have about the book is (I hope I am wrong), Owen is portrayed as an angel who could do no wrong I do not think that is possible. I have no doubt he was a great person, as a number of others will testify to, but I cannot believe the "king of ribbs" (joke and pranks), never got involved when other wrestlers were being childish and playing pranks on each other. Little thing like that just do not add up to me, but as I said these are little things. This a great book to get to know Owen the father and family man.
This book doesnt hold back, Vince is pictured as the bad guy along with half the hart family. Infact only Bret comes out in a good light!. Martha is a very honest writer and her love for owen is very clear
I cant wait for Brets autobiography, for his take on the whole sorry story.
If your going to read any book on wrestling it has to be this one
It is essential reading for wrestling fans and others who might gain strength from the example and resolve Martha displays.
I do however consider, and this is my personal opinion, that Vince McMahon did the right thing in not stopping the show. I would also commend Jim Ross on the control he displayed at the time of the incident.
Martha Hart the wife of the late Owen Hart has despite all her pain, anger and grief, written a heartbreaking account of the life and death of her wresting star husband, who died during a stunt performed during a wresting show.
Now I admit to being a wresting fan in my late teens but towards the end I got sick and tried of so called entertainment and this book has reinforced what I thought at the time, that the WWF (now WWE) as it was called at the time had finally gone too far.
Martha and her young family were ripped apart by this avoidable tragedy and almost every chapter in this book brings a lump to you throat and a tear to your eye.
Martha also provides an interesting insight into her relationship with the hart family and explains how her battle for justice not only was fought against the WWF but some of the hart family also.
The only good thing to come out of this tragedy is that the Owen Hart Foundation was set up as a tribute to Owen and has and will continue to, help people with limited resources and unlimited potential for many years to come.
A heartbreakingly powerful read but one that proves love and family are what matters.
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