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A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex [Mass Market Paperback]

Chris Jericho
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Oct. 1 2008
A New York Times bestseller, WWE World Champion Chris Jericho's autobiography charts his path from small-town Canadian kid to big time World Wrestling Federation star.

Chris is the first undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the WWE and WCW, and has been named one of the fifty greatest wrestlers of all time. In A Lion's Tale, he dishes the dirt on how he worked his way through the ranks alongside major wrestling stars like Lance Storm to become a major superstar.

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This funny, insightful and compulsively readable autobiography by professional wrestling superstar Lion Heart Jericho matches fellow wrestler Mick Foley's bestselling Have a Nice Day! Jericho reached international stardom after joining the media juggernaut World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly WWF) in 1999, but this book neglects his many accomplishments since then, such as his legendary same-night defeat of wrestling powerhouses the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin to become the WWE's first undisputed heavyweight champion. Instead, Jericho recounts the fascinating story of his early years—in effect, a short history of world wrestling trends since 1960—from his brutal early training in his native Canada through finally being invited to join the WWE. Jericho ignores or glosses over controversial topics like steroid use, preferring to keep things light and cheery. His hilarious and detailed descriptions of his many bouts, especially his 1995 calling card match in Japan before 10,000 fans, will leave readers hoping for a sequel. (Oct. 25)
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'So charming and funny is Chris Jericho's journey from body-slammingly painful naivety to worldly wrestling champ, that his memoirs will leave cynics finding time for a private read.' GQ --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Y2J, A True Man of Letters! Nov. 16 2007
A very compelling read!! Jericho's book is very entertaining, and a delight to own.
Intrigue and hilarity abound throughout as Chris Jericho -- the Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah!! -- tells his life story as only he could, in true Y2J fashion; absolutely hilarious prose, and profound insights into the human conditio...er, um...frankly shocking, mostly unseen and nearly inexplicable aspects of his life-experience as a burgeoning-to-mega-superstar in big-time pro wrestling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top wrestling books out there Sept. 13 2008
By Manu
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
One of my favorites wrestling book out there. Chris Jericho covers his wrestling career in a amusing fashion from the beginning up to his debut in the WWF. I can hardly wait for his second book, rumored to be release in 2009. This is the kind of book that will make you burst out laughing and make you want to read it again. Jericho details his career and doesn't take himself seriously while doing so. 5 stars out of 5 for sure. Plus, I ordered this book from amazon.ca and it was autographed by Y2J himself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for anyone that is a Jericholic! Oct. 2 2008
From start to finish, Chris Jericho's book is thoroughly entertaining. This book would never need to go audiobook, either, as it is true authentic Chris Jericho telling his story, the way it should be told.

Beginning from when he was a young boy and watching wrestling, right up to when he finally signed with the WWF, (which was a great moment) he tells some classic stories. It was great to learn about when he wrestled in Mexico and Japan, because alot of the matches he speaks of you can find on YouTube, so it makes it that much more intriguing to watch them after reading about it. I really couldn't get enough, and as cliche' as it is to say, I could not put the book down. I've heard that he is going to be writing another one, which is only proper, as you will find after reading it.

Anyhow, a really interesting read, especially for anyone that is familiar with Chris, as well as any long time wrestling fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining can't miss book Jan. 16 2009
By A. Wong
I bought this book over the holiday break and I have to say it is the quickest 500 pages that I have ever read in my life. I just could not put it down! As I was reading, it felt like I was on Chris' journey from where he started training at the Hart's wrestling school in Calgary, to traveling to Japan, going through all the crap in WCW, and finally making it to the WWE. It just proves that with hard work and determination that we are able to create the lives that we want for ourselves. His descriptive encounters throughout the book are hilarious as well; I loved how when he first met Rey Mysterio JR that he thought Rey was a 10 year old boy haha. Seriously, anyone looking for an engaging book to read should really pick this one up. You won't be disappointed.
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