on March 6, 2014
As noted, very detailed. In some ways, somewhat of a slow start. But there is no other wrestling book like this. The details, the wiring, the history behind it.
It is not a fast read like others. More like an Epic (of wrestling books). Really stands out.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2013
I want to start this review by saying I'm a huge Bret Hart fan. I watched him throughout my youth, and I was even in the stands in the Molson Center (now Bell Center) on November 9th 1997, for the now infamous Montreal screw job.
As a Bret Hart fan, I could not ask for a more complete or entertaining book than Bret's autobiography. Oftentimes with wrestlers, there is the tendency to exaggerate, to highlight only the positives and hide the negative, or blame someone else for them, but Bret doesn't do that. On the contrary, this is the most honest book I've ever read. Bret doesn't try to defend himself, hide what he feels he did wrong or blame others for his mistakes. In the book, Bret admits to constantly cheating on his wife, to taking drugs, steroids and painkillers. He talks at length about his time in the WWF, in the WCW, on his life after wrestling and also on his childhood and his dysfunctional family, no stone is left unturned, no subject is deemed taboo and no punches are pulled. Simply put, this is a wrestling's fan bible, a book that can never be beat, equaled. This book is simply put, the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be, as far as wrestlers' autobiographies are concerned.
A must read!
on May 20, 2010
Its an excellent book. I've finished just over 300 pages so far and also flipped through with bits of the personal obstacles and Hart rivalry until the very end and I don't want to stop reading the book. Bret has portrayed the truth about himself -- the love for the art of Wrestling, the rivalries early on growing up in a household of 12 Kids, the sides the parents would take in such kiddish rivalries, the early story lines n Stampede Wrestling, the struggle to get to where he was without any intimidating physique early on. The race between Davey Boy Smith, the Dynamite Kid and himself early on and how they were big in Japan and things turned a few years later. It also documents important lessons he learned along the way such as "To pace yourself for the long haul" and the book also has insights onto the dark sides -- Unfaithfulness, loneliness on the road, having to work without seeing your family for days, Sex, drugs, steroids, ego clashes between wrestlers, etc.
The tone is narrative and makes a good read for a Hitman fan, who can correlate to the moments watching the angles on the ring. It adds a lot of genuineness since Hart has a professional Wrestling legacy behind him and understands Wrestling pretty well -- what works, what does not. Lots of interesting insight on working some of the best story-lines in the Hitman's career.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2008
Very good, very long.
Comes off a little bitter as he often does, but overall a very enjoyable read!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2007
Bret Hart promised a great book and boy did he deliver with his masterpiece. This is simply the best book there is,was and ever will be. You will laugh, cry and be inspired by the journey of the best wrestler of all time. Most of all you get a sense of what he sacrificed to get to where he is today (even the Montreal Screwjob will be seen in a new light given what we read about his journey and how he gave everything for Vince and the WWE only to be betrayed in the end)and how he is a true survivor. You'll finish this apreciating even more this man and thanking the opportunity of having seen him perform and that he managed to come out of the business alive and with his dignity. A true hero, a true class act and role model. He is the Rocky Balboa of the wrestling business.
Thanks Bret for giving me someone I could look up to in my life !
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2007
This book is the most honest, open and sometimes surprising wrestling bio of them all. Hart's gut wrenching, no holds barred story is one that you will not be able to put down once you pick it up. Bret's journey is a 5 star match from start to finish. This is a must have book, especially for those who grew up with the WWF before the internet age.