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Booker T: From Prison to Promise: Life Before the Squared Circle [Kindle Edition]

Booker T Huffman , Andrew William Wright
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As a six-time world champion, TV commentator, and holder of more than 35 major titles in WWE, WCW, and TNA, Huffman knows what it means to fight. He learned long before he entered the ring, when daily survival was a fierce battle.

Editorial Reviews


"Booker's story is incredible. You've heard the term 'from rags to riches?' Booker had less than rags." —

"Booker T casts an honest, clear eye on the life of a kid who grows into a criminal, one who learns his lessons from a family and community of hustlers, dealers, pimps, prostitutes, thieves, and killers. He tells it straight, without excuse." —PW Torch (August 2012)

"Booker's T journey is not only a testament to someone's will for a better life, but an inspiring story that shows you can overcome anything with the will to be better than you were." —

"There will be times where a shiver runs down your spine, reading how fine a line he walked and lived; you will weep along with him as he recounts how death has affected him, from his parents to a girlfriend who commits suicide; there will also be times when you share in his elation, such as when he is paroled, or when he does his first spinaroonie." —Greg Oliver,

"In Booker T: From Prison to Promise . . . you will read the most intimate details of the early life of one of the most famous American wrestlers of this generation. Say this for Booker T: he does not hold anything back." —Robert Weir,

"An uplifting story of setting one's life straight, Booker T: From Prison to Promise is well worth considering for fans of Booker's work and of memoirs about going straight." —Midwest Book Review (October 2012)

"The book is refreshingly honest and a raw tale of how one man overcame quite a bit of adversity, some of which was bad luck and some of which was self-induced, to become a success." —

"Highly educational, entertaining, and straight off the cuff. This leaves the reader wanting to know more. I cannot wait to read [Booker T. Huffman and Andrew William Wright's] next book! Booker T is a book with positive life-affirming lessons." —

About the Author

Booker T. Huffman is the WWE Smackdown General Manager and a trainer for the hugely popular reality series, "World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) Tough Enough." He holds 35 major professional titles within "WWE, World Championship Wrestling (WCW)," and "Total Nonstop Action (TNA)." He owns and operates Pro Wrestling Academy, a wrestling school which strives to help students ages 13 and up achieve their dreams. His nonprofit organization, "Booker T Fights for Kids Foundation," has supported many outreach endeavors, including the patient-focused campaign of the "National Marrow Donor Program(R), " overseas visits to U.S. troops, and displaced Hurricane Katrina victims. He lives in Houston, Texas.

Andrew William Wright, a Jersey Shore based producer and award winning author, produced both The Hardy Show (featuring Matt and Jeff Hardy) and RVD TV (with Rob Van Dam) internet and DVD series and has written for several New Jersey newspapers, including specialty features and high school sports for both The Ocean County Observer and the Asbury Park Press.

His first book which began production with Medallion in 2009, “The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling”, coauthored with WWE Legend and Hall of Famer Joe “Animal” Laurinaitis and released in 2011, is one of Medallion’s most popular and best selling titles of all time, reaching number one on three separate times and led to a major publication release in Japan.

Wright’s second autobiography, “Booker T: From Prison To Promise”, penned alongside current WWE Superstar and Hall of Famer Booker T. Huffman and released in 2012, not only became an Amazon bestseller as well, but won the bronze Independent Publisher Book Award in 2013. This success prompted an immediate follow up, “Booker T: My Rise To Wrestling Royalty”, which will hit all major retail outlets in late 2014.

Product Details

  • File Size: 921 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00HP6UVWY
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (August 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008T8ETH0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best...... October 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
So I purchased this book on a whim, I had always liked Booker T from his days in WCW. Throw in the fact I am a massive fan of wrestling from the 80's and 90's. It was just a feeling in my gut to pick it up. I've read so many wrestler autobiographies, and this one... Well this one might just be my favorite. I had no idea his life story was so captivating. This was one of those pleasant surprises, I absolutely could not put it down once I started. The things that Booker did and went through are staggering, and the book really tugs you back and forth emotionally. I felt for Booker through the whole 200 plus pages. This isn't one of those, I broke in to the business, here is all the people that peeved me off along the way. You have to read it to believe it. I was shocked at how good the writing was, then I noticed the "with Andrew William Wright" on the cover, he also wrote the amazing The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling ... So the pacing is fantastic. Great read... 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars can you dig it suckaaaa !!!!!!! November 10, 2012
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short book yet a good read. alot of cool stories about booker's childhood and making his way to wcw, it ends when he signs with WCW, so his 2nd book coming out next year will start from there. i suggest to all booker t and wrestling fans who enjoy hearing their favorites stories growing up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More? October 6, 2012
By Joe
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I liked this book, but was left feeling certain chapters in it needed more information. The chapter where (SPOILER ALERT) the Wendys Gang got busted I would have loved to read more of this chapter. Booker did not have an easy time of it, but not many do. He has proven that no mater what do not stop following that dream!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well written. February 21, 2014
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The book has almost no discussion of his WWE/F or WCW career and is about Booker T from the time he is born through when he is about to go to WCW, if memory serves me correctly. He certainly had a colorful past which was informative and interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good insite to life before wrestling February 10, 2014
By Dave
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It carried you through his younger years growing up which I found interesting. It makes you root for him even if you are not a Booker T fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Booker t August 22, 2013
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I gave this book a five rating because I could not put the book down. This book kept me interesting what would happen next. I enjoy this book because it taught life lessons. I would recommend this book to all my Facebook friends, as well as, my family. It is a great book .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very very good June 12, 2013
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Good for him!
He admits to everything and accepts his faults\.
He may sound like a total moron on the microphone but I think that is just for show because when it comes to writing he held my attention the whole time. Great stuff! He should be very proud of himself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of From Prison to Promise May 25, 2013
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I really like the book. I have always been a huge wrestling fan. This book kept me wanting more. This book really captures Booker T
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not too bad. If you're a "Booker" fan you'll probably like it.
Published 2 days ago by Daznron
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel so bad for his childhood
I am loving it so far... I feel so bad for his childhood. .. He has been through a lot early b in his life to become the success he is today. ..
Published 9 days ago by Bryan Gibbons
4.0 out of 5 stars Great insight to an interesting life
A quick-paced autobiography that keeps you intrigued at each turn. Booker has had a fascinating life and I'm glad that his story was told.
Published 18 days ago by Sasa Zekanovic
4.0 out of 5 stars So good...then ends abruptly
I'm a huge fan of Booker T and when he announced his book I was ready for it. It's a good entertaining read but really feels incomplete. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adam Thomason
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This was a great book about how a person can be down on their luck one minute and things can change for the better. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ursula Shelton
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
I liked the truthfulness of Booker T & the challenges he faced. What I would have liked to read about is more of how he "made it"
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars An Okay Read
I was more interested in his wrestling career than his prison time. Got some of his first matches, but as soon as WCW called, the book ends.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and easy read
Quite amazing and inspirational story. Can't wait for the sequel to come out. Truly proof that if you set goals and work hard you can do anything you set out to do.
Published 9 months ago by vaoiwo
5.0 out of 5 stars On MyWay
The man learned from the school of hard knocks.He went from a young thug to a every day,gotta be somebody's hero.
Published 10 months ago by john radcliff
4.0 out of 5 stars True success story
I really enjoyed reading his history. It's amazing that my perception of him as a wrestler (my first notice of him) would seem to make his history impossible to believe. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Erik
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