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Bruno Sammartino: An Autobiography of Wrestling's Living Legend Paperback – July 1, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0911137149 ISBN-10: 0911137149 Edition: y First edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Imagine; y First edition edition (July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911137149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911137149
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,070,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James T. Line on June 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book was very good but also had some negatives. The positive side was a fine, detailed history of wrestling when it was wrestling. Sammartino takes the reader down the now-familiar stories of every wrestler's rough start in the business. In this book you will see wrestling when it was still viewed as being a legitamate competition, so much that sports sections in newspapers carried the results alongside of the NFL and Boxing match results. This brought back pleasant memories for wrestling fans like myself who detest what wrestling has evolved into. The negative side of the book are conspicuous misspellings, typos and other grammatical errors starting with page one and continuing onward. Also, and this may or may not be a "negative," but Bruno NEVER breaks kayfabe in the book. He actually goes to great lengths to support the legitamacy of wrestling--so much as to even deny that razor blades were ever used to draw blood. His exact quote (regarding the use of "blading" in the ring) is "Again, if such a thing has happened, I don't know about it." He then defends his answer saying there is no way a wrestler could smuggle a blade into the ring and cut himself during a match without anybody seeing it. He makes the point that he never even wore tape on his wrists to hide a razor blade. This, of course, is irrelevant as some men (Bruiser Brody, et. al.) hid them in their inner lips. Others (Hogan, et. al.) hid them in their tights. He also makes painful efforts to deny that matches are ever predetermined. This book was written in the early 90s--when wrestling was still somewhat protected. Also, before people like Superstar Billy Graham (who took the title from Sammartino) as well as Ventura, DiBiase, Hogan, etc.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Schaukowitsch on March 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
Brunos' book is the most realistic autobiography you could ever read. I should know because I'm a close personal friend of the family. The book not only deals with wrestling but it also tells of his personal life. He is a great role model for people of all ages. The book tells of the sacrifices that his family had to make for him to become the Legend that he is. It will inspire both young and old to overcome all obstacles to achieve thier dreams. There are few role models left of his stature, this is a must read for all who wish for genuine people.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pmdjn on July 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
The other reviewers are absolutely correct. This is the best book of its kind; Bruno and his co-authors are to be thanked for putting into print not only a great life-story but perhaps the best overview of 20 or so of wrestling's greatest years. Brono's story contains informative, interesting glimpses at mat legends like Killer Kowalski, Primo Carrera, and Gorilla Monsoon, and thrilling blow-by-blow recaps of some of his legendary matches. Add to that the very enlightening and often touching scenes of life-on-the-road, away from family, and the blood-boiling indictment of today's wrestling and promoters' throat-cutting (guess who?) of their stars, makes this THE book on wrestling.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1997
Format: Paperback
Bruno Sammartino: The story of Wrestling's Living Legend is not only a story about the life of a pro wrestler, it also is a story about the quest for the American Dream. Sammartino came to America from Italy and found that "the roads were indeed paved with gold." The beginning of the book deals primarily with his life in Italy during World War II.

When he became a professional wrestler, Sammartino rose to fame rapidly. But unlike most athletes of today, Sammartino never forgot about his fans. He never took the image of a "bad guy" in his career.

Sammartino talks honestly about his dealings in the World Wrestling Federation, where he ruled as champion in two reigns that stretched over an 11-year period. The author also talks frankly about the state of wrestling today. This makes for some very interesting verbiage. If you are a wrestling fan, as I am, and if you watched Bruno Sammartino wrestle, as I did, you will truly enjoy this book. If you are not a wrestling fan, you will enjoy a true look at how someone from another country achieves the American Dream.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2010
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I was very disappointed and the lack of candor in this book. After reading the (auto)biographies of such wrestlers as Lou Thesz, Freddie Blassie, Roddy Piper, and larry zbyszko, i felt downright cheated by Bruno's lack of honesty as to the real workings of Professional Wrestling. When events in his book have been documented in other books with an entirely different approach (breaking of the wrestling omerta - called kayfabe) - either Bruno refuses to admit to the reader that decisions were pre-determined - or that wrestlers cut themselves for blood - or perhaps he has convinced himself that things never happened to him - in that case he needs psychiatric help. Did i enjoy any of the book? yes - his disparagement of the McMahons <haha> - all in all I can not recommend this book to anyone who wants an honest look at a career of a pivotal wrestler.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benny J Scala on January 19, 2014
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I just finished reading Bruno's autobiography earlier this afternoon...few things in life ever live up to the anticipation, however this book was definitely an exception...what a pleasure it was to read about the man I have looked up to since I was 12 years old...A large part of my enjoyment was derived from the nostalgia that I felt throughout the book...as an example, when Bruno spoke about his twin sons being born, I had a flashback of him doing an interview with Ray Morgan on Capitol Wrestling a week or two later...if memory serves me correctly, he was attacked during this interview by the sinister Toru Tanaka...As fate would have it, wrestling came to Long Island (at the old Island Gardens in West Hempstead) a few months later, and the main event was Bruno vs. Tanaka...My Dad was a casual fan, but I convinced him that we needed to go to see Bruno exact revenge...that was my first ever wrestling show and needless to say I have been hooked for life...

I think what I liked most about the book was the way it was written...I've read many many autobiographies of athletes since I was old enough to read...most times, what I read didn't quite match up with who I was reading about...in this case, it was almost like I could hear Bruno reading the book to me...if that makes any sense...I guess what I am trying to say is that the grace, class and humility I've heard from Bruno all my life was reflected in this book.

Although no one will ever mistake me for Bruno, I am very proud of the things we have in common....the same initials, Italian heritage, love of weightlifting, and the fact that we both have 3 sons .

I will definitely read this book again...it brought back so many great memories of my childhood...the book could have been 1,000 pages long and I would have read it with the same enjoyment on the 1000th page as I did on the 1st.
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