Slammin: Wrestling's Greatest Heroes and Villains

Slammin: Wrestling's Greatest Heroes and Villains

by David Hofstede
     
 

A behind-the-scenes look at the spectacle of wrestling, its history, fans, and biggest names: from Gorgeous George to Hulk Hogan, from WWF mastermind Vince McMahon to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin—every slam, smash, and turnbuckle—it's all here.

Overview

A behind-the-scenes look at the spectacle of wrestling, its history, fans, and biggest names: from Gorgeous George to Hulk Hogan, from WWF mastermind Vince McMahon to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin—every slam, smash, and turnbuckle—it's all here.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
With Stone Cold Steve Austin peering off the cover, this title offers an overview of some of the top wrestling attractions on cable television shows, such as Raw is War and Monday Nitro. After a brief but well-done history of pro wrestling with the catchy title "From the Old Testament to the New World Order," the heart of the book contains wrestler profiles with boxed biographical information—real name, age, weight, and finishing move. A list of championships and a two- to four-page summary of the wrestler's career follows. Most profiles provide black-and-white photos, including some yearbook shots. The author uses many insider terms and phrases, but he provides a glossary at the beginning of the book. Annotated lists include the ten best matches as well as a far-too-lengthy wrestling title history section. A short essay on women in wrestling is included as well as one on wrestling in Japan and Mexico. The bibliography is loaded with Internet sources—mostly interviews from wrestling Web sites and newspaper articles. Hofstede does not pretend that pro wrestling is a real athletic competition. Unfortunately there are more than a few errors, and the cover art performs a bait-and-switch—Jesse Ventura also is on the cover, but there is no profile within. There are a few important names missing and some that could have been dropped. Although there is no index, the book is well organized, and it has actual reference value. Despite these flaws this book is a must-buy with a great title, bright cover, an easy-to-read format, and popular topic. Glossary. Photos. Biblio. Chronology. Appendix. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P M J S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a specialinterest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, ECW Press, $18.95 Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Patrick Jones

SOURCE: VOYA, October 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550223705
Publisher:
ECW Press
Publication date:
03/01/1999
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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David Hofstede lives in Las Vegas and has written nine other books, including Time Out Guide Las Vegas, The Dukes of Hazzard Companion, and Hollywood Heroes from King Arthur to Zorro.

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