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My Life Outside the Ring Hardcover – Oct 27 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Oct. 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312588895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312588892
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #388,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Hogan displays a charming ingenuousness throughout the journey ... a lively, breezy narrator.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“Even through the written word, Hogan makes it easy to remember why Hulkamania ran wild for so many years.” ―Associated Press

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

HULK HOGAN is one of the most sought-after, instantly recognizable celebrities in the world. He is a twelve-time professional world wrestling champion—six titles with WWE and six with WCW—and the winner of the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991. He has appeared in several movies, including Rocky III, was the co-host for NBC’s American Gladiators, and is the executive producer, judge, and host of Hulk Hogan’s Championship Wrestling on CMT. Hogan is a frequent guest on every major talk show, such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Larry King Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Live with Regis & Kelly, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The View.

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After seeing an interview with Hulk on CBC'S "Q" I bought the book. Have always been a fan of the Hulkster (we're about the same age)...still like watching the old WWF videos on youtube... what theatrics!!!.. can't beleive the turmoil and physical pain going on in his private life during that time. Like Freddie Mercury of Queen, off stage he wasn't the wild and crazy guy the public saw ...
great to see how he was able to eventually pull his life back together .. best book I've read in a long time.. great insight into the backroom politics of the WWF.. could be classified as cross between a "feel good" motivational book and reality tv. A great read for anyone but even more so for us old guys who remember the " classic days" of the WWF ..the new WWE just isn't the same.. Thanks Terry for all those years of entertainment and best wishes for the next half.
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I just finished reading this book. When I started reading the book I wasn't expecting much, I just bought it because I'm a fan of Hulk and 80's wrestling. However when I opened the book, I was really surprised how good it was. I just couldn't put this book down as it was always keeping my attention. He discussed his childhood ( which is always the hardest part to read in any autobiography) to his infamous wrestling career with the WWF in the 80's to his career comeback in WCW with the nWo. After this Hulk doesn't hold anything back from his relationship with his kid to his marriage and to various lawsuits. This book is a definite must have, if you are a wrestling fan or just know the name Hulk Hogan this book is a must have!
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my husband is a huge wrestling fan and i purchased this for him from our kids, they like the book and think it is good enough for dads present, he hasnt seen it yet as its for christmas but im sure he will Love it, good product
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HASH(0x9873feb8) out of 5 stars A man who has grown in 6 years Nov. 7 2009
By Peter - Published on
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This is Hulk's second book and it is interesting to compare this one with his previous book Hollywood Hulk Hogan from 2003.

In the first book, we got a lot of wrestling stories and we also saw a lot of Hulk's life glossed over and certain events minimised to a great extent. Admittedly the book was written with the backing of the WWE so there was limits to what could be written.

In his latest book, we see very little wrestling discussion and much more of a real look at Terry Bollea the man rather than Hulk Hogan the wrestler.

Hulk has had a bad last few years with the injuries from his career starting to take a greater toll on him, his son being involved in a major car wresck that left his friend permanently injured and sent Hulk's son to jail for 8 months. There was Hulk's divorce and the subsequent financial punishment that he faced with the divorce and the lawsuits coming from the car accident.

Hulk was a nearly beaten man by 2007.

In this book, Hulk tells us of his feelings leading into his issues and then how he slowly but surely climbed out from the troubles to become a better man. He sets the story straight on the rumours that were circulating about him and his conduct in the last few years.

Has he glossed over some things? Maybe, maybe not, but considering the amount of things that he discusses in this book (drugs, marital infidelity allegations, thoughts of suicide etc), he hasn't left many stones unturned at all.

This is a far better book than the rather ordinary 2003 book. Hogan lets it all out in My Life Outside the Ring and one gets the feeling that you have read a quality book.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x988c0300) out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down... a very interesting look at an icon. Nov. 11 2009
By Richardson - Published on
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I wasn't sure how to take this book...Hulk Hogan is a guy that has been telling untruths with a seriously straight face for so long I didn't know if I could believe anything he would say or write. In fact it took me about 50 pages to get over my prejudice and get into his story. I'm really glad I did because this is a book you can enjoy on many levels. There is something for the wrestling fan wanting an insiders look. There is something for the person who wants to know more about celebrity and the trappings of that world. There is also something here for someone who just wants to be inspired by an oversized man with oversized goals who has over and over pulled himself up , dusted himself off and started all over again. There is still a fair amount of hyperbole , but I can't imagine that Hulk could really resist embellishing here and there.

Ultimately, I came away happy I read this book, and hope that Hulk breathes clean air for many many more years....highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x988c0354) out of 5 stars changing Dec 3 2009
By Randy Waterhouse - Published on
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I really did not know what to expect when I opened this book. I was pleasently surprised in the detail he provided, and the overall message he sent in this book. Hulk Hogan was one of my idols growing up, and I followed his career through watching him virtually every week on tv. I had no idea the struggles he indured to get where he is today, and the lows he reached in recient years. I am amazed at how just reading and being open to change can be so life changing. I too am at a cross roads with my life and it seemed negitivity was right on for the ride. After reading this book I opened my eyes and realized that life is too short to be angry and bitter about everything. I have sat down and re-read the book 2x since I originally picked it up, and everytime I do I feel everything will be ok as long as I keep looking up and if I keep positive. I will eventually get to where I want to go in life. Fanstastic book, one of my new favorates.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x988c0420) out of 5 stars A Spiritual Awakening Over Due but Just in Time Nov. 8 2009
By Jimmy K. - Published on
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I grew up watching this guy, taking his advice; eating my vitamins, doing my exercises and saying my prayers. I have always been a huge fan, and am so even more now after Terry bared his sole in his book, "My Life Outside the Ring."

Reading this now in my mid thirties, I was not surprised to read about how he was living in excess while I was idolizing him in the 1980's. He openly admits to behaviors and actions in this book, that had I known about at the time as a pre-teen and early teen, would have devastated me. I certainly would have labelled him a hypocrite. However, as a grown man, I no longer view life through rose colored glasses and I would be surprised more to find my hero wasn't living as he was in those days. I applaud him for his honesty about it now, and have no ill will. He inspired me to believe in myself at the time, and his book has done that again, now at the adult level, for in it, we see that the whole "vitamins, prayers and exercise" thing certainly was a staged line, but the intensity, desire, and belief in doing what is right was real. The caring for other people and wanting to reach out and positivly affect as many people as possible was real and it still is.

It is heart wrenching to hear what Terry (Hulk) went through during his 23 year marriage to his wife, a woman who would spend upwards of $50,000.00 a month at Walmart and had to have a multi-million dollar mansion (one $14.5 million) in practically every town she liked. The verbal abuse Terry and his kids went through at the hands of a suffering alcoholic was brutal, the type of thing you would expect in the trailer parks, but certainly not at this level of societal living, but the Hulkster endured it, as did his children. Yet they kept moving forward, working through their trials and tribulations, depending on each other and the love they shared.

Some of the stories in the book are absolutely sickening, like the Opportunistic lawyers and the Graziano family. Here Terry and his family took their wayward son, John Graziano, a troubled Iraqi war vet, into their home and treated him as one of their own. Hulk and his family camped out at his hospital room, put his parents up in expensive hotels, hell, his mother in an apartment when Hulk found out she was homeless........ and at the end of the day they end up slapping him with a huge lawsuit that would literally ruin him financially if he loses..... you should be ashamed of yourselves Graziano family!

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. The drama doesn't just disappear, but Terry finds spirituality, and begins getting through the drama by changing his mindset. Like the saying goes, "When you look at things differently, the things you see look different."

I was happy to see that Hulk found new love in his girl friend Jennifer and that he is turning all these "life issues" which is different than life itself, over to the care of a higher power.

I believe the Hulkster's brightest days are ahead of him still. He is a real American. He came to visit me and my friends at the Wounded Warriors Battalion on Ft. Lewis in Washington as we heal from our wounds from Iraq and Afghanistan while he was in the area for a book signing. That should tell you something about the true character of the man in and of itself. Do you know how many celebrities have come by here just to see us in the many months I've been here? Only one! Hulk Hoagan! My hero in childhood and my hero in adulthood.

Everyone needs to read this book for inspiration and as guidance on how to deal with tough times. I could not put it down once I started it, finishing the well written work in only three sittings. Once you've read it, tell your friends to read it. Their time will not be wasted.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x988c08e8) out of 5 stars A Great Book, Not Just for Wrestling Fans Nov. 8 2009
By Gary_W - Published on
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If you're going to get the full Hulk Hogan experience in book form, I strongly suggest reading "Hollywood Hulk Hogan," his other autobiography, before reading "My Life Outside the Ring." Where "Hollywood" really tells it's tale is in Hogan's career in professional wrestling - from having his leg broken by Hiro Matsuda, to working for Vince McMahon, Sr. in the WWWF, making Rocky III and eventually returning to the WWF with Vince McMahon, Jr. and creating what is known today as Hulkamania. "Hollywood" features a more robust retelling of these events but "My LIfe" quickly glosses over some of the more memorable points to appease the hardcore wrestling fans.

Reading "My Life" discusses more of Hogan's childhood, his infatuation with the professional wrestling scene, the day he met his former wife Linda, and the events after his son's famous car accident. If you've done any following of the released prison tapes, read any tabloid newspapers or heard any rumors of Hulk Hogan in passing, "My Life" does its best to set the record straight and provide cold, hard facts. Even if you're not the wrestling fan that tunes in week after week, "My Life" is a great read about the life of one of the most memorable celebrities in recent history.