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Dusty: Reflections of Wrestling's American Dream [Kindle Edition]

Dusty Rhodes , Howard Brody , George Steinbrenner
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For over two decades of pro wrestling, Dusty “the American Dream” Rhodes dominated the ring. Known for his jaw-dropping antics and bone-crunching skills, Rhodes became one of wrestling’s first superstars. In this riveting narrative, Rhodes chronicles his journey through an industry plagued with political infighting, greedy promoters, destructive personalities, multi-millionaires, and great leaders.

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About the Author

Dusty Rhodes had a stellar career in pro wrestling, garnering numerous titles – including three stints as National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Champion – and being at the industry’s creative epicenter as the head of wrestling operations, a position that encompasses the skills of being a talent coordinator, writer, television producer, and live-event coordinator. He currently works for TNA both on-screen as their "Director of Authority" and behind the scenes. Howard Brody was born in Brooklyn, New York, and spent his late teens growing up in Hollywood, Florida. He is a former journalist with training at the University of Florida. He has written for numerous publications and organizations, including the New York Yankees and the World Wrestling Federation. Brody is the former president of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA).

Product Details

  • File Size: 3108 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing; 1 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007C7WBJ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as Great as the Author Himself October 4, 2005
I've read just about every Wrestling Bio, and I when I heard this book was out I was r-e-a-l-l-y looking forward to it. Afterall, here is a guy who has done it all, met them all, fight them all...what could be wrong with the book?

Well...the format, language and endless self-promotion come to mind.

When I read a bio, I want to follow the Chronology. In Dusty's case, I want to hear stories about Florida and Kevin Sullivan. Then I want to hear about Mid-Atlantic and Georgia. Then I want to hear about WWF/Polka-Dot run. Then the WCW. Then ECW. You follow?

This instead reads like a series of 'recollections'. Imagine, if you will, that you and Dusty are having afew beers in your living room, and he's just telling you some stories. Sometimes, in the middle of a story, he jumps to a 'related' story that takes place 10 years later..or sooner. It's a mess.

It's a 'nice' read...but not an in-depth bio of any kind.

Let me also mention that Dusty devotes 20 full pages of his book to copies of 'Dusty we Love You' letters he recently received. DAMN! I know why I like Rhodes, I don't need to pay $24.00 to hear from his fan club.

If you collect Wrestling Bios like I do, then it's worth reading. But PLEASE don't pay top dollar for it. This book will absolutely disappoint you in the end.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This book was a really fun read and a good wrestling book too. I figured Dusty would tell some classic stories, which he did, but he also got into a lot of the politics of business.

There was some fansinating insight on Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling/Jim Crockett Promotions, who called themselves the NWA during the mid-1980s. I was really reminded of how fantastic that promotion was. Dusty shares some great memories of the Road Warriors, Magnum TA, Nikita Koloff, Ric Flair, the Four Horsemen, and the Midnight Express. Tully Blanchard was actually quoted saying...

...[Dusty] was in charge when the tidal wave came, and the one thing Dusty should know is in my opinion he grossly underestimated the ability of himself and some of us. We had the right players. If he would have played it a little differently , maybe the result would have been different.

-- Tully Blanchard

I give Dusty his props for letting that be in the book because he does get blamed a awful lot for the promotions demise, when, in truth, the NWA had a great run, but just didn't understand marketing like the WWF (which Dusty admits).

The stories are crazy. Hearing about Dusty running with Terry Funk, Andre the Giant, Harley Race, and Dusty's best friend, Dick Murdoch, makes you wonder how they didn't get into more trouble than they did. The story with Dusty and Andre drunk in Manhattan, racing horse carriages was priceless.

Dusty gives a candid account of his relationship with Dustin. Any fan who remembers Dustin (as Golddust) making fun of Dusty on WWF TV will find this section really compelling.

I really enjoy the "Starcade Prime" section, where Dusty shares his fantasy super wrestling card, which was a nice touch.

Good book.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worse than the rocks book November 30, 2005
By Jess
I got half way thru this book and couldn't take it anymore. I've read almost all the wrestling books and this one rates among the worst. Dusty lives in a dream world. He takes credit for everything yet blame for nothing. He claims if hogan wasn't around, he was all set to be the biggest draw in wrestling. His hatred for hogan runs throughout the book. He thinks since he came up with "the great american bash" that vince should pay him around 200,000$ in royalties . He goes on to say how he was the first to drive a truck into a stadium and drink beer, not austin. According to dusty, he's done it all. He believes magnum TA and nikita koloff would have been nothing without him.Save your money, this ego maniac's book isn't even a good door stop.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stardust November 27, 2005
Dusty is a true legend. The problem is he loves to tell you that. He talks about what a star he was in the 70's & 80's outside of wrestling, but no one knows it.He blame everyone else for his wrong doings.But their are not many who have more insight into the wrestling world than the dream. I don't think wrestling would be the same without him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stardust Memories August 1, 2005
If you were a wrestling fan growing up in the 80's, the American Dream Dusty Rhodes, has to be a fan favorite. I remember tuning in on Saturday nights to watch the "Dream" battle it out against the hated 4 Horsemen. Every week we saw people like Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Ole Anderson, Arn Anderson and JJ Dillon scheming to put Dusty out of action. And every week we saw the son of a plumber find a way to turn the tables on them. What we as fans never saw was what went on behind the scenes. We never saw Dusty packing into a car with Terry Funk, Dick Murdock, or Magnum TA and showing us the hell they raised driving from one city to another. We didn't get to see the inner working that went on behind the curtain and how one guy received a push and other guys were left to fend for themselves. Dusty Rhodes provides us a glimpse into all this and more with his book. We get to read about the way the WCW was run and led to the slaughter by inept people in charge who cared more about the bottom line and not the fans. We read about the so-called "Dusty Finish" where he would come out the winner of the match only to have the decision overturned by another referee. Dusty also opens a window to his world by talking about his family - both the in-ring family and the home family. There is so much in this book that 254 pages really doesn't do it justice. Included in the book is a photo section with a nice selection spanning Dusty's years on the road, at home, and in the ring. This book could easily have topped 500 pages. As a fan of wrestling and of the Dream, I highly recommend this book. It's a must read in my opinion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dusty's story, all right
It may be a bit slow at times, but gives a lot of insight into who Dusty was and is, and how close his character really is to his reality. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gene
4.0 out of 5 stars The American Dream delivers
Upon stumbling across this title I had instant flashbacks to the late 70's , with Dusty's "Getting Funky like a monkey tour"... in a nutshell... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Steffy
2.0 out of 5 stars not a dreamy book
I am a Dusty Rhodes fan and I always will be. I guess I'm just not a fan of his writing style. This book just seemed to wander. There was no particular order to it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by kiss army general
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
5 stars. Must read. I could not put it down. All wrestling fans need to pick this up. American legend
Published 8 months ago by Diamond K
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Dusty Rhodes guy
It's a lot like the Kid Rock lyrics, it's not bragging mother…… if you back it up. I was a Flair guy until I read this, until my mind wined and dined with kings and queens. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Patrick Plumb
2.0 out of 5 stars Yikes
A weirdly formless, meandering walk through Dusty's inflated ego. I love Dusty Rhodes and understand why he was such a huge star, but he has a drastically overstated opinion of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brad
3.0 out of 5 stars Just kidding
It's really not that well done. I should know, I wrote two pages of it in a fan tribute.

I love Dusty. Just didn't care for the book.
Published 11 months ago by craig whyel
3.0 out of 5 stars Dusty
I wanted to like this book. But it was like listening to a conversation that half of it was going on on the other person's head. All on all it was okay. But just okay. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jim gahring
4.0 out of 5 stars Rocked it!
Very single person in the writing which I loved. Everything was from his perspective. Would have liked more pictures but it's his book and his story so he should decide what is and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cyndi Trahan
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this book 5 times and still laugh with tears in my eyes
The American Dream is my favorite wrestler of all time. I brought this book back in 05 when it first came out. I enjoyed it very well. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rodriques J.
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