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Benoit: Wrestling with the Horror That Destroyed a Family and Crippled a Sport

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Overview


The life and alarming death of acclaimed professional wrestler Chris Benoit are explored in this timely and exhaustive biography. In June 2007 Benoit committed suicide after killing his wife and son, and the media coverage surrounding this event—as well as the facts of the case and its effects on professional wrestling—are all extensively addressed. Benoit’s life prior to and during his pro wrestling career is examined, as is his significant impact on the wrestling world and widespread popularity. This close-up ...
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Overview


The life and alarming death of acclaimed professional wrestler Chris Benoit are explored in this timely and exhaustive biography. In June 2007 Benoit committed suicide after killing his wife and son, and the media coverage surrounding this event—as well as the facts of the case and its effects on professional wrestling—are all extensively addressed. Benoit’s life prior to and during his pro wrestling career is examined, as is his significant impact on the wrestling world and widespread popularity. This close-up look at one of pro wrestling’s greatest and most lamented figures also presents the place of his tragedy in the darker side of wrestling’s history.
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Editorial Reviews

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"One of the best wrestling biographies ever. . . . A direct and honest account of Brody's career."  —Miami Herald

"For a book of essays rushed to print, it's remarkably cohesive...reads as though it were penned by one hand. Good chunks of the book grapple with a subject that wrestling fans are still debating today." —SLAM! Sports

"Highest recommendation."  —Georgia Wrestling History

"This book contains a series of essays written by four of the best wrestling journalists in the world, presenting a very informative version of the life and death of Chris Benoit and his family."  —Wrestling Observer

"Benoit looks at this terrible event in its greater cultural context, and it does so with the integrity and passion that each of its contributors has shown in years of experience in the world of pro wrestling."  —PWInsider

"Benoit is from a team of experts who get it right. . . . It's a quick, intense read— but well worth it. The bonus for me was that I trust the work of these writers. They know what they're talking about."  —Professor Wrestling

"Four wrestling journalists pen essays about . . . Chris Benoit. Irvin Muchnick closes the book with a gem."  —Quill & Quire

"Will give the average person . . . some insight into the world of a professional wrestler."  —Online World of Wrestling

Quill & Quire
Four wrestling journalists pen essays about . . . Chris Benoit. Irvin Muchnick closes the book with a gem.
Online World of Wrestling
Will give the average person . . . some insight into the world of a professional wrestler.
Miami Herald
One of the best wrestling biographies ever. . . . A direct and honest account of Brody's career.
Professor Wrestling
Benoit is from a team of experts who get it right. . . . It's a quick, intense read-but well worth it. The bonus for me was that I trust the work of these writers. They know what they're talking about.
SLAM! Sports
For a book of essays rushed to print, it's remarkably cohesive . . . reads as though it were penned by one hand. Good chunks of the book grapple with a subject that wrestling fans are still debating today-and will for years to come.
Georgia Wrestling History
The first publication focusing on the events that occurred. Highest recommendation.
Wrestling Observer
A series of essays written by four of the best wrestling journalists in the world, presenting a very informative version of the life and death of Chris Benoit and his family.
PWInsider
Looks at this terrible event in its greater cultural context, and it does so with the integrity and passion that each of its contributors has shown in years of experience in the world of pro wrestling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550228120
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 799,291
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson is coauthor of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame series. He lives in Springfield, Virginia. Heath McCoy is a pop-culture reporter for the Calgary Herald. He lives in Calgary, Alberta. Irv Muchnick’s work has been published in The New York Times and the Village Voice and he is the author of Wrestling Babylon. He lives in Berkeley, California. Greg Oliver has been a professional wrestling reporter for 20 years and is coauthor of the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame series. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Individual essays

    A decent read but not what you might expect. Instead of one book, you will get essays that overlap as if the writers just clumped them together. I was looking for a deeper look, but was honestly let down in that respect. For what it is, a compilation of essays, it is worth a read.

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