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The Queen of the Ring: Sex, Muscles, Diamonds, and the Making of an American Legendby Jeff Leen
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The Queen of the Ring is the story of Mildred Burke, the longest reigning champion of female wrestling. In this in-depth account, Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Jeff Leen pulls back the curtain on a forgotten era when a petite midwesterner used her beauty and brawn to dominate America’s most masculine sport.
At only five feet two, Mildred Burke was an unlikely candidate for the ring. A waitress barely scraping by on Depression-era tips, she saw her way out when she attended her first wrestling match. When women were still struggling for equality with men, Burke regularly foughtand beatmale wrestlers. Rippling with muscle and dripping with diamonds, she walked the fine line between pin-up beauty and hardened brawler.
An unforgettable slice of Americana, The Queen of the Ring captures the golden age of wrestling, when one gritty, glamorous woman rose through the ranks to take her place in athletic history.
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Meet the Author
Jeffrey Leen is the assistant managing editor for the Washington Post’s investigations unit, where his work has helped win six Pulitzer Prizes. Also the author of KINGS OF COCAINE, the first book-length investigation of Columbia’s Medellin cartel, he lives in Maryland.
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Quite readable,yet fact-filled, account of the circuitous route to national popularity of women in pro wrestling. The author is an established newspaper reporter and thus knows to let the players themselves move his story forward by quoting them or their writings. My only complaint has to do with the NOOK version: It has none of the photos that put faces -- and muscles -- on the characters.
If you've seen Lipstick and Dynamite and want to know more about the personal lives of early Women's wrestlers, this is a fantastic read and a personal look at Mildred Burke. Deeply personal, there's a bias involved that probably keeps it from being a more clinical look at the genre but it remains a fascinating look what early 'sports entertainment' looked like in the early years.
A well written book about one of our country's little known female athletes. Mildred Burke was a pioneer of ot only women's wrestling but also women's sports as well. Hers was a hard scrabble life in a patriarchal world but she never waivered in her belief that she was the best female wrestler around. This is a must read for all those girls who want to play with the boys.