5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I was dying to read this book even if it was written a few years ago. I love wrestling and Foley is an icon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good writing, poor editing
As readers can tell from the other reviews this book is funny, comprehensive and surprisingly well written. It also contains graphic & sometimes gruesome photos. The major problem is total lack of organization, not even a table of contents. Foley just starts in & keeps on going with no attempt to address any particular subject. The book is not indexed either, a...
Published on Dec 22 2001 by Zack from A2
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4.0 out of 5 stars A retrospective telling of makind's birth of...well...mankind,
This review is from: Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (Hardcover)By the time Mick Foley hit the wrestling scene I was wrapping up my obsession with the sports entertainment programming. However, Mick's match against the Undertaker in Hell In The Cell still flashes into my memory every once and awhile. So, when I had found that Mick had wrote a New York Times bestselling book about his life up to that moment, I'd figured I'd give it a read.
Starting in his high school years, Mick Foley describes his budding love with the sport and the men who wrestled in it. Bent to follow in their example, Mick starts his career like many up-and-comers and tests his skill in backyard wrestling matches with his buddies. Filming the experiences gains him some favor with head honchos in the business later on, and as his skills develop employment follows.
But the book covers far more than just his career path. Mick touches on life events outside the ring and speaks to love found, hardship fought, and the continuation of the Foley line. Not scared to touch of failures and follies, Mick tells stories that most men would never admit, and describes in detail how those failures led him to success.
Though his history outside the ring is touched on with great detail and humor, the vast majority of the book covers his career in the business. From sleeping in his car stateside, to traveling the circuits in Japan, Mick covers the hard fought battles to become a headliner.
Now, most people will remember Mick's high flying stunts in the ring so let's talk about that. Mick lays out his ring personas and how Dude Love progresses into Mankind. Injuries are spoken of, and tricks of the trade are revealed. However, the wrestling may be the main focal point, but Mick never forgets to put the human touch on every adventure. I strongly suggest listening to the audiobook version, as many off the cuff stories that do not appear in the book make into the audio version. Mick's reading is spectacular and the impressions are knee-slapping hilarious.
In the end we read/hear as Mick lays out the match that put him in the Hall of Fame, as the Undertaker nearly puts him six-feet under and introduces his bottom teeth to his nose.
Overall a really great read, and at times very emotional.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book,
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This review is from: Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (Hardcover)I was dying to read this book even if it was written a few years ago. I love wrestling and Foley is an icon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book,
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This review is from: Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (Hardcover)This first autobiography of Mick Foley is wonderful. It explains the right side of the wrestling business and the worker side.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied!,
This review is from: Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (Hardcover)I'm very satisfied with the book and the process. Thank you very much. I will enjoy reading this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Have A Nice Review,
Foley proves himself quite literate, despite first impression from a guy who competes in matches with barbed wire and explosives, and taking over a dozen HARD chairshots to the head at the WWF's Royal Rumble 1999 Pay-Per-View. He also comes off as having quite a good sense of hunor, not only about himself, but about the wrestling business in general.
One might also think that due to his "King of the Death Match" label that Foley might be a little arrogant, as people might think all pro wrestlers are, but Foley again proves people wrong, as he is quite humble about not only his beginnings, but also his rise to the top, becoming a WWF World Heavyweight Champion. Sure, it's not real competition, but to get the title demonstrates the company's confidence in your ability as a performer to draw crowds. Certainly everyone strives to have the confidence of their company behind them.
As Foley has stated numerous times, both in his book, and in interviews, yes, he has sustained some bodily harm in his matches. Yes, he may never be able to walk straight, or stand tall again. However, he has lived his dream. How many people can say that? As Foley himself states, the damage that has been done to him physically is a small price to pay for living out his dream.
An excellent read, wrestling fan or no.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard work, determination, and a bunch of "bumps",
Behind all the glitz and glory of professional wrestling comes the sport's most unlikely hero: Mick Foley. With a less-than-stellar physique, Foley sometimes didn't have the visual appeal of other would-be wrestlers, and consequently had to work many times as hard for what he achieved. This book follows Foley during his fourteen year (I believe) career as Cactus Jack, from wrestling in small high schools to touring Africa to tangling himself in barbed-wire in Japan and earning the title "King of the Deathmatch." It also covers his stint as Dude Love in the WWE, and his most recent character, Mankind. Through it all Foley gave it his best, not being afraid to bleed even when only a few fans would see him. Foley was bruised, battered, beaten, cut open, torn up, blown up and otherwise abused during his climb to the top of the WCW, IWA, ECW, and WWE (which eventually happened in late 1998, when Foley won the world championship belt), but he gave it all for the sport he loved. Foley is an unlikely hero, but is nevertheless a good example of what hard work and determination can get you in life. After reading this book I'm compelled to agree with the masses: Foley is good.
5.0 out of 5 stars One giant step for Mankind,
If you ever wanted to understand why the millions that watch this Pop Cultural Phenomenomon unfold each and every Monday night, this is your opportunity. If you are interested in a book of inspiration, seeing a man who was told at every turn that his dream was unattainable, that he was too different, that he was not a person that would sell out arenas, overcome and succeed, this is your book. If you want to enjoy a book, have a good laugh, lose complete track of time because the book is so engrossing, this is your book. Thanks Mick, and as always, HAVE A NICE DAY!
5.0 out of 5 stars The first and the best,
This review is from: Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (Hardcover)The WWF decided to publish wrestler autobiographies back in the late 1990s, and Mick Foley was the first to have his published. It not only dominated the wrestling fan's eyes, but the mainstream as well and was received so well by everyone it went to the top of the New York Times bestseller lists for non-fiction. And he wrote it all himself.
Not only is it a classic telling of some truly amazing personal stories, but its organized so well it flows flawlessly. The book is written superbly, and its impossible to forget that it was written by a man who's undergone serious punishment to his entire body, what with his vivid descriptions of the events within the pages.
Bottom line, this book is a must read. I'm proud to have a first printing hardcover on my shelf to read again and again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read!!,
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently written,
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Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mankind (Hardcover - Oct. 14 1999)
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