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Animal [Kindle Edition]

George "The Animal" Steele , Jim Evans , Cowboy Bill Watts
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A stand-out character in an entertainment industry where persona is everything, George “The Animal” Steele shares how he balanced his real life as Jim Myers, a highly respected high school teacher and coach, with the green tongued, hairy backed, turnbuckle eating wrestling icon he was in the ring. The memoir delves into the golden era of wrestling in the 1970s and 1980s and his entry into the World Wrestling Federation where he earned a spot in professional wrestling history despite only speaking in animal-like grunts. In reality, the educated man that overcame his struggles with dyslexia and Crohn’s Disease was a father and an inspiration to many of his students and players, and the dichotomous personalities that marked this much-loved man’s life are explored in his own words. The book is filled with nostalgic and humorous anecdotes about the whirlwind life of wrestling alongside such notables as Hulk Hogan and Bruno Sammartino, both in and out of the ring.

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About the Author

George “The Animal” Steele is Jim Myers, a retired professional wrestler, high school teacher, and high school football and wrestling coach. He is an inductee of the Professional Wrestlers Hall of Fame, the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame, and the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame as well as the Michigan High School Football Association Coaches Hall of Fame. He lives in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Jim Evans is a sportswriter and columnist for the Daily Tribune of Oakland County, Michigan and Macomb Daily. He lives in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Cowboy Bill Watts is a former professional wrestler and promoter who worked with and developed some of the biggest names in wrestling history. He is the author of The Cowboy and the Cross. He lives in Bixby, Oklahoma.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2419 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (June 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It was just okay June 14, 2013
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If you are looking for a book that chronicles "The Animal's" wrestling career, this is not that kind of book. The book is really more about his struggles with his learning disability and being able to overcome it and help others like him through his coaching and teaching career. I would have liked to have seen a more balanced presentation of both his wrestling career and his personal life.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Entertaining May 26, 2013
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WOW! I realized I knew little about wrestling icon George "The Animal" Steele other than superficially from t.v. or wrestling magazines. What a pleasure it is to meet Jim Myers, George's alter ego. However, unlike the green tongued, turnbuckle eating wrestling heel, Jim is a gentle giant both physically and morally. I'd never have pictured him as a respected educator, family man, counselor and still wrestling ambassador. But he is. And he so loves to tell you about all his facets. Reading about his struggles with dyslexia, living hand to mouth, the politics of education and wrestling were told by a man who has found peace telling you his stories as if he pulled up a chair and shared them with you one on one. So often told with excitement, humor, forgiveness and love. Thank you Jim....George, for writing such an inspiring and entertaining book. And thank you for all you've done in and out of the ring
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed July 1, 2013
By Dennis
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For a man whose career spanned decades the short amount of time spent on his professional career was disappointing. While I admire Mr.Steele,s fight against Crohn disease and his background I was hoping for more first hand stories of his professional career. I would have liked to know more of the original George Steele before he became the cartoon character. I have met George in person and he is a fountain of wrestling stories. I wish more were told in his book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Detour
Though I haven't been a wrestling fan since the mid-1980s, I've always been a fan of four wrestlers: Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Randy "Macho Man" Savage, and of course, George "the Animal" Steele. Upon hearing that "the Animal" would be at a local Comic Con next month, I searched to see if he had a biography published. Luckily, he did.

Boy, did I learn that I knew nothing about Jim Myers (aka George "The Animal" Steele). Never judge a book by its cover. From an early childhood racked with dyslexia, to a stellar career as a coach and teacher, there is so much more to learn about this Hall of Fame wrestler.

A great read, and I am looking forward to meeting him next month.

Update: Unfortunately, due to illness, The Animal couldn't make the convention. A real shame for me, but I hope he is OK and another opportunity arises.

Highly recommended for wrestling fans. Recommended for fans of biographies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the george steele you didnt know August 13, 2013
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jim meyers aka george animal steele has always been a favorite of mine. From the time I was 14 I saw every match I could when he would wrestle in my home town. From Brighton beach,the defunct sunnyside gardens, to Madison Square Garden back in the 70s thru the 80s. His autobiography gave me more of an inside view to the best bad guy in wwe history. Iwould have love to be a student in his class. I deeply enjoyed the book, a definite read for any wrestling fan. Especially of Jim Meyers aka George Steele.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SURPRISINGLY IMPRESSIVE !!! August 18, 2014
By KayLa
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After reading the reviews, I wasn't expecting much. Not being a wrestling fan my perspective may be different. GREAT book, enjoyable read. Read in one night. There were a couple times I wasn't sure who was talking but I was so absorbed in the story I didn't care. Lot's of wrestling info. (as one would expect) Not sure what those who complained were looking for. Perhaps dirt ? None here. Though there are two inappropriate sentences that if left out of the book would of made it suitable for ALL ages. Parents Be Warned. Frankly I could of done without the visual as well. Odd from a man who only does Family appearances. Remarkable life. From a man who's overcame much, gave much & still does. You go 'Animal' ! Sign me, New Forever Fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The man behind the Animal July 9, 2013
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Even before he became a good guy, George "The Animal" Steele was a favorite of mine. The character he created always gave the fans their money`s worth. It was interesting to learn about the man behind the character, and that he posses a great deal of character, as well. The modern wrestlers just don't hold the interest that the wrestlers from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s held.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been more July 4, 2013
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Not a bad book but I was hoping for more behind the scenes storie, backstage stories, and getting started stories. It was like ripping open the turnbuckle and not much stuffing was there. I would even have liked more on teaching and coaching. His humor was good, just wanted a lot more meat to his tales, he must have a lot more to say. Still sticking with kayfabe, maybe?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quickly shipped, exactly as depicted. Thank you!
Published 3 days ago by Leyla
5.0 out of 5 stars The Animal
Reading this book brought back many memories. Until the state tore down our neighborhood to build the 696 freeway, the Myers' family lived across the street from me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by syrup
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb read!
A great book from one of the great wrestlers! George has a writing style that will keep you engaged. He is very candid but this book is totally G rated. Read more
Published 2 months ago by johnnytrucknuts
5.0 out of 5 stars The man behind The Animal
A behind the scenes look at professional wrestling by one of the all time greats. An inspiring story about the man behind the wrestler and the lives he touched outside of the ring. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CLZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked this book
Really enjoyed this book. Would recommend this book to all my friends.

A good insight into the life of a pro wrestler.
Published 4 months ago by Christine P Donahue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by ed jarus jr
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
One of the most interesting and entertaining wrestlers of all time.
Published 5 months ago by WEG
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into a wrestler I grew up watching and ...
Great insight into a wrestler I grew up watching and had heard a ton of rumors about. Most of them were untrue. Read more
Published 7 months ago by armand rosamilia
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
If you love George you will really enjoy love the whole living 2 lives thing. He scared me as a kid but you gotta love the guy
Published 7 months ago by pug
5.0 out of 5 stars GEORGE THE ANIMAL.
Published 10 months ago by Charles Tink
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