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Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs: The Untold Story of how Montreal Shaped the World of Wrestling Library Binding

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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770410945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770410947
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 3 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Pat Laprade is the creator of the first Quebec wrestling Hall of Fame and yearly awards. He contributes to the websites for SLAM! Sports wrestling and the Wrestling Observer. He lives in Montreal, Quebec. Bertrand Hébert is the former creative mind behind Northern Championship Wrestling in the 1990s, helping to usher the Montreal territory into the independent era of the sport. He lives in Beauharnois, Quebec. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Awesome.  Great interviews with all the key players from different eras. It's like every time I get near the book it drags me into opening it and the next thing I know it's an hour later." —www.f4wOnline.com


"Mad Dogs, Midgets, and Screw Jobs is an informative and entertaining read for any professional wrestling buff. Laprade and Hébert's well-researched text shows the evolution of the world of wrestling in the city of Montreal, which has been the focal point of Canadian pro wrestling history." —www.slam.canoe.ca
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I could not stop reading this book once I started!

Montreal always did have a rich history of wrestling attached to it. WWE annoncers call it "Bizarro Land" for a reason. Most fans know a little about the great wrestlers that come from Montreal, the history behind the screwjob, the time Hogan had 15 minutes ovation on live TV or Lawler's heart attack... but how much do you really know about one of the Capital City of Wrestling? Never enough!

The book is written by two wrestling historians, Pat Laprade and Bertrand Hebert, who finally decided to break the language barrier associated with the french province to tell the story of how much Montreal shapped and changed the wrestling world... and still does!

The more you think you know about wrestling, the more "knowledge gaps" will be filled by this great ouvrage full of personnal stories by the wrestlers and promoters who were part of it, written just in time so that most of them are still alive to tell them. Lots of suberb photos, news articles and a complete and comprehensive Montreal's title history make this book even more complete. Also, for readers who are not from Montreal, Quebec or Canada, most of the chapters come with a brief, yet insightful view of the social/polical/economical portrait of what was going on a the time.

A necessary book that couldn't have been more lovingly written by more competent people. Well done!

No wrestling fans should miss this one, you too will fall in love with Montreal's wresting History!
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The good:
- The authors did an amazing job researching all the talent that were involved in the history of the Quebec wrestling scene.
- Even some mostly unheard of wrestlers have interesting stories about them.
- Some cool and rare pictures throughout the book.
- The book offer a small section for each wrestler and era, which is a format that I like because it is easier to navigate for further references.

The bad:
- There are a lot of quotes by people not involved in the wrestling business at an important level. For example, some friends and family members of the authors gave their thoughts and that hurts the book's credibility.
- It is a french written book translated into english, so there are a few sentences that don't feel right (but this isn't a big problem, the book is still an easy read).

Final verdict: 4 out of 5

This book will please older wrestling fans more than the younger ones. However, there is definitely an appeal for fans outside of Quebec. Many decades of wrestling are covered and a lot of the names involved are well known around the world. A very nice effort by Laprade and Hébert!
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Even if it's the story of the Montreal territory, a lot of stories on wrestlers known around the world: Rick Martel, Dino Bravo, Andre the Giant, Abdullah the Butcher, Mad Dog Vachon, Little Beaver, Lord Alfred Hayes, Billy Robinson, The Rougeau brothers... I recommand it without hesitation.
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By j on March 13 2016
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Brought back great memories from my youth. Well, written and great stories. An easy read well worth it.
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Scored some big points with the girlfriend's father by picking this up for him. 5 stars for that alone!
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