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


"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." —www.OtakusAndGeeks.com


"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, www.slam.canoe.ca


"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, www.WrestlingFigs.com


"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." —www.VoicesOfWrestling.com


"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." —www.NightOwlReviews.com

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 Amazon.com 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.



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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605424684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605424682
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I first got this book since I am a huge Booker T fan and wanted to know about the legend. Mr. Huffman takes you back into his family history and while he is telling you about his parents, you can feel the pride, the honor and the love his family had for one another. He does not hide the fact that his mother is the heart and soul of the family. You can feel the emotion of the ups and downs his family faced while they tried to make end meet but you can also feel the joy on the little things most people take for granted.

Sadly, like so many families back then and now, the Huffman family went through some serious losses and there is a part in the book where you can feel the despair, the hopelessness and fear of having to face harsh realities at such a young age. I felt many times throughout the book as if I was reliving parts of my own. Booker T does not sugar coat his biography like most celebrities do in their books. He owns his mistakes, he makes no excuses and accepts what he did and he tries to let the reader know to avoid his mistakes.

The book is uplifting but you have to stay with him to reach the light at the end of the tunnel. I urge any interested or curious readers who are looking for a good book, this is it. Mr. Huffman takes you inside the mind of a troubled young man who had the deck stacked against him and made some bad decisions but at the end, found redemption and hope.

I had the pleasure of meeting Booker T last year, he is gracious and humble. While it is easy to let fame and fortune go to your head, I can truly understand why he is so grounded. I encourage everyone to walk a mile in his shoes, I promise you, whether you are a wrestling fan, this book will not let you down.
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In "From Prison to Promise", Booker T Huffman paints a very vivid and honest picture of a troubled life long before becoming the celebrated multiple-time world heavyweight champion in WCW and WWE.

It's a modern version of the classic Horatio Alger rags-to-riches story made famous in the 1930s, only this really happened to Booker T, his brother Lash (aka Stevie Ray), and their siblings. Losing their own father when he was an infant is scarring enough, as he would grow up with no memories of his own. He admits that what he knows of his father was told to him by his older brothers and sisters. But they had their mother, who worked hard and provided stability in the Huffman home. But the story takes a tragic departure when she dies, leaving the children to fend for themselves. At just 13, Booker T was alone without his parents.

Going from place to place, his school work suffered as he descended into a life of drugs, gangs, and crime, eventually landing him a stint in prison. I remember hearing this part of his past mentioned in one of his WWE appearances, if I remember correctly. And yet it would be prison that would finally provide Booker T with the discipline he needed to turn his life around for the better. It is here that I felt a little disappointed with his autobiography. I kept expecting him to talk about a conversion experience to Christianity, but there is none mentioned.

From there Booker T walks the straight and narrow in his life, becoming a young father to his son and building a life for himself. And then the story takes a turn, leading both Booker T and Lash into what would define their lives to come: professional wrestling. From the independent circuits to developing the now-famous Spin-a-Roonie (really!
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