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Product Details

  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Culture House Books (February 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967608074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967608075
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Murdock was named by six-time world heavyweight champion Lou Thesz, "One of our finest wrestling historians; my personal wrestling historian...." Educated at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, Mars Hill College, Duke University and Harvard University, Murdock is a former amateur wrestler and coach. He is a feature writer for W.I.N. Magazine and serves as the vice-chairman of the International Wrestling Institute and Mustum in Newton, Iowa. Mr. Murdock is the Executive Director of the Eblen Charities in Asheville, NC.

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Really, really interesting from a information standpoint rather than expose standpoint.
Leon
Just mention the name Brisco to any serious wrestling fan, and it instantly conjures up images of greatness.
Mike Mooneyham
An excellent account of the life and wrestling career of one of the greatest world champions.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Brown on May 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
The first time I saw Jack Brisco wrestle, it was on a rare L.A. TV appearance shortly before he won the NWA title in 1973. I was 10 years old, a novice wrestling fan, and two things immediately impressed me about him: how quick he was in the ring compared to the other L.A. wrestlers (the only wrestler in L.A. who moved at his pace---at least through this ten year old's eyes!--- was journeyman Raul Mata), and how cool it was to see such a pure athlete with long hair! Obviously, I had little understanding of the wrestling biz and the art of working a match, so I could only sum up Jack Brisco by saying "He's way cooler than the rest!"
Throughout the years I became better equipped to describe why Jack Brisco was way cooler, and I had great respect for him. Along comes the book "Brisco: The Life and Times of National Collegiate and World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Jack Brisco," and now I have even greater respect for him.
"Brisco" is one of those books that is a good read whether you are a die-hard wrestling fan or a reader who knows nothing about the pro wrestling business. The catch-phrases and details of the business are explained without going over the novice's head.
The book is told in the first person with Bill Murdock as editor. Jack Brisco presents himself as very confidant in his skills, but never goes over the line as a braggart, but as a team player. The list of people he credits with molding him into a successful wrestler, businessman and person is vast. He describes his counterparts honestly, neither deifing or trash-talking wrestlers and promoters. The first example that jumps into my mind is his description of the late Eddie Graham.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mike Mooneyham on May 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
Just mention the name Brisco to any serious wrestling fan, and it instantly conjures up images of greatness.
The name and the tag can now be applied to a book that chronicles the life of one of professional - and amateur - wrestling's greatest stars.
"Brisco - The Life and Times of National Collegiate and World Heavyweight Champion Jack Brisco" traces Brisco's storied wrestling career, from three-time state high school champion to NCAA champion at Oklahoma State, to two-time champ in the pro ranks.
The fact that mat historian and co-author Bill Murdock not only brings Brisco's fascinating stories to life, but captures the essence of that important time period in the wrestling business, makes the read all that more engaging.
The rich history of professional wrestling oozes throughout the pages of this grappler's tale, as readers get a ringside ticket to some of the watershed events that helped shape the industry as it moved from the days of territorial wrestling toward the era of sports entertainment.
Of course, a book about Jack Brisco wouldn't be complete without an extensive discourse on Dory Funk Jr., Brisco's bookend in one of the greatest programs in wrestling history. On that count the narrative delivers in spades.
"Brisco" is a must for any serious wrestling fan. Readers get a special look at one of pro wrestling's greatest periods, the `70s, when names like Brisco, Funk and Race ruled the wrestling universe. And they get to see it through the eyes of one of the true greats.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
BRISCO is a book you must read if you have any interest in wrestling and its history!! Murdock tells Jack's story in such an interesting way that will hold your attention. By far the best book of its kind I have read. Buy yours now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Schwent on October 9, 2014
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Brisco is the biography of professional wrestler Jack Brisco.

I was interested in this book for a long time but wasn't in a hurry to read it. I've had a mixed experience with Crowbar Press's wrestling books in the past. I almost quit reading it since it was almost 20% of the way through before Jack transitioned from amateur wrestling in his college days to the professional ranks.

However, I'm glad I stuck with it because it wasn't too bad. It was better written than most of Crowbar's offerings. Another strong selling point for me was that at the time it was written, Jack Brisco had been out of the wrestling business for something like 30 years and didn't have to worry about burning any bridges since he was doing fine financially.

Brisco covers Freddie Joe Brisco's rise from dirt poor roots in Oklahoma to NCAA wrestling national champion, and to his breaking into professional wrestling. Too much time was spent in his college days for my taste but I persevered.

Once Jack goes pro, things take off. He talks about being brought into the Funk's territory of Amarillo just to make Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr. look good. His time with Eddie Graham in the Florida territory is given the most coverage, both in ring and out. He also mentions who screwed him out of pay, noteably Fritz Von Erich, The Sheik, Jim Barnett and even the head of the Florida territory, Eddie Graham.

Brisco seemed like he was still trying to protect the business a bit, like a lot of old timers, but still covers a lot of the backstage stuff, like how he got $25,000 dollars plus $8k a day working for a week in Japan and dropping the title to Giant Baba, only to win it back before the tour was over.
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