on February 2, 2011
This book is very interesting and very well written. This is an answer to Bret Hart's book. I would say this is a must read if you are a wrestling fan and especially if you enjoyed Stampede Wrestling. It covers Bret Hart and the Montreal screw job, Brian Pillman's career and death, Davy Boy Smith's troubles, Owen Hart and many other things wrestling fans should know. It also shows us that it would have been good if Bruce Hart could have been a booker in the WWE. Anyone who watched Stampede Wrestling would know that it was more fun to watch then the WWF or now WWE. A large number of huge stars started in Stampede Wresting. I have read many wrestling autobiographies and this has to rate as one of the very best.
on June 5, 2011
Bruce Hart's Straight From The Hart is just what it purports to be - a bio of a member of the Hart Family, straight from him, pun in the title intended.
That being said, this book is a good, solid read. After reading pretty much all of the other books about the famed Hart clan, this is another welcome addition to the literature that is already out there. We get a glimpse of life in the Hart family from Bruce, and the inner workings of that beloved Canadian institution, Stampede Wrestling, as well as some of the WWE (F). Bruce seems fairly forthcoming about events that have happened in his, and his family's, life. Many of the stories will be familiar to anyone who has read any of the other books about the Harts, but it is always nice to hear another perspective on them. Therein lies one of the issues - who to believe, after reading about these incidents in other books. I think this is Bruce's version, and kudos to him for putting it out there. As I've read in other reviews (and books) about the Hart saga (and I agree with this), the truth probably lies in the middle somewhere, as everyone who has written a book about them has different takes on events that have taken place. None of us were there, excluding those involved, so who knows for sure?
Bruce's writing style is easy to read, and he comes off as an amicable, albeit sometimes boastful guy. Given his ahead-of-the-times booking in Stampede Wrestling (which he gets mixed reviews/credit for), I guess he should be proud of himself. Bruce's writing is articulate, and once you start reading this, you won't want to put this down until you're done. There are some swipes at family members (such as Bret), but there are other stories as well, which are equally as poignant, such as his description of his last visit with his legendary father, Stu Hart, and Stu's great comments about the state of wrestling currently. The book is, by equal turns, informative and entertaining; Bruce speaks with a clarity and tone that shows someone who clearly loves the business of wrestling, and someone who has (pardon the pun), put his heart into it, even though at times it has cost him and his family dearly. Through the good and the bad, at the end of it, a few Harts still stand. Bruce is among them.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this book; if you're a wrestling fan, you'll enjoy it. If you're a fan of a good biography, you'll enjoy it. And lastly, if you're a fan of a good story, you'll enjoy it. Do yourself a favor and buy this book, Heath McCoy's book, Marsha Erb's book, and Bret Hart's book. They are all excellent books about Stampede/The Hart family. If you can find it, Tom Billington's (aka "The Dynamite Kid") book is also good as well.
Thanks for giving us another insight into wrestling's first family, Bruce.
Bruce Hart is one of eight sons of legendary wrestler and wrestler trainer Stu Hart. His new book, a biography of a life in wrestling and life in a wrestling family by ECW (entertainment, culture and writing) Press, is a whirlwind tour through the who's who of professional wrestling, spanning rival wrestlers and rival leagues. Bruce takes an honest look at wrestling from behind the scenes. He tells us stories few have heard, and maybe fewer would believe. Tales of who is really a villain off scene, but plays good guys on the TV and vice versa. Who really showed up to support when his brother died in the ring and many more.
He states that growing up, the neighbours considered them a cross between the Beverly Hillbillies, the Addams Family and Twilight Zone. This book is a chronicle of a personal life, a family's life and the whole wrestling business. Bruce writes a great book that will be enjoyed by the rabid fan or just the casual fan alike. It will even be a good read for someone interested in Canada's and especially Calgary's prominent role in the international phenomena of professional wrestling. With stories spanning from the 1930's until today, there is a little something for everyone.