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Hacksaw: The Jim Duggan Story [Kindle Edition]

Jim Duggan , Scott Williams
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Book Description

Offering professional wrestling fans a ringside seat into his adventurous life, WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jim Duggan recounts for the first time key moments and legendary bouts both inside and outside the ring. Known to millions of enthusiasts as a charismatic patriot—with an American flag in his right hand and his signature two-by-four in his left—Duggan here reflects on his early life as a student-athlete on the Southern Methodist University football squad. Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, Duggan shares how an injury-plagued rookie season curtailed his football ambitions and paved the way for a brighter career in professional wrestling. Rising to fame in the Cold War–era 1980s, Duggan immediately put himself at odds with anti-American “heels” and engaged in legendary feuds with some of the most legendary names in the sport, including the Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, and Andre the Giant. In this who’s who of top-tier wrestling, Duggan reveals not only the high points of championship bouts but also the low points that occurred far away from the TV cameras and screaming fans, including his fight against kidney cancer during the prime of his career. With each page peppered with Duggan’s charming wit, fans will find much to enjoy and discover about the man they once knew only as “Hacksaw.”

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"This is the best wrestling book I've read in over a year."  —

About the Author

Hacksaw Jim Duggan was one of the nation’s most popular professional wrestlers in the 1980s. He lives in Lugoff, South Carolina. Scott E. Williams is the author of two previous books, including Terry Funk: More Than Just Hardcore. He lives in Dickinson, Texas.

Product Details

  • File Size: 804 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1600786863
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008B9L4MK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real American April 29, 2012
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It was 1988, and I watched Hacksaw Jim Duggan being interviewed on the Brother Love show. Dino Bravo and Frenchie Martin interrupted the interview, obviously a set-up by Brother Love. Brother Love insulted Duggan (calling him "Brother Doogan"), and pointed out that Bravo had a sculpted bodybuilder physique. He did look stronger than Duggan. Duggan puffed his chest up and made a great observation, "There's no question that Dino Bravo's a strong man. But Hacksaw Jim Duggan's no barbell. I'll fight back, tough guy! Hooooo!"

It is an honor and a privilege to buy Hacksaw Duggan's book after all these years. I took my family to see him at WWF house shows in the late eighties, and saw him in person at the 1990 Royal Rumble. I watched his move to WCW, and his comeback appearance on RAW where he insulted Edge and his girlfriend Lita (Hoooo!) Now you can read about his exploits for the first time.

Starting in High School with a solid football and amateur wrestling background, the reader might be surprised at the intellectual prowess Duggan also possesses. I really would have liked to see a chess match between Duggan and one of the heels he fought over the years (resulting, of course, in the chess board being tossed aside when the bad guy starts losing). Duggan relates being picked up by the Atlanta Falcons, and expresses admiration for those who manage to do that sport season after season. Entering professional wrestling in 1980, Hacksaw quickly found a top place in the regional territories as Vince McMahon began his "Rock n Wrestling" takeover of the wrestling scene.

Their paths eventually connected, and Hacksaw gained national prominence as he fought King Haku, Ted Dibiase, Andre the Giant, the Big Boss Man, Hercules Hernandez, Earthquake, and the Macho Man Randy Savage.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I Remember Why I Respect Wrestlers May 31, 2012
I had a bad experience reading "The Rock Says..." a number of years back, and I probably wouldn't have spent time reading another wrestling-related book if it weren't for Mr. Williams's wife, who I know personally. Her husband is a qualified author who wrote well-informed wrestling articles in the local newspaper for years. So I knew he would treat Hacksaw's story right. I just had a feeling that the ghost writer of "The Rock Says..." wasn't a sincerely devoted wrestling fan, especially since I noticed chronological errors in its contents that The Rock didn't have the time or concern to correct.

Fortunately, Hacksaw waited until his career had slown down to write his memoir, and it's a grand one indeed. Hacksaw was never one of my very favorite wrestlers since I prefer guys with ring skills like Bret Hart and personalities like Ravishing Rick, but still, it was hard not to like the guy. When I initially started watching wrestling around 1997, he was one of the first guys I noticed in WCW. He really stands out compared to a lot of other wrestlers. And as much as I prefer the heels over the faces, it's hard for me not to laugh when I hear the big, "HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" by both Hacksaw and his audience.

This book gave me insight to a lot of things. To my surprise, one of Hacksaw's biggest rivalries was with Ted Dibiase, long before his WWF days. Sometimes I don't realize how much these guys have paid their dues to be where they are. I sometimes think that WWE just finds a few big guys somewhere and says, "Hey, want to be on TV? We'll train you." But it sure wasn't like that with Hacksaw and Dibiase. They trudged through the independent leagues for years, battering themselves into bloody pulps until they earned enough recognition to be taken into the WWF.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Guy, Less-than-Average Book August 16, 2013
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I was a fan of Hacksaw's and I like him as a person.
When I heard this book was written, I was excited to read it.

It actually makes me feel bad to say that I was disappointed.

In fairness to Duggan, the book reads just like Duggan there is a certain "honesty" in the book.
But Scott Williams co-wrote it!
Scott - Why didn't you help EDIT this book??

It's a short/fast read.
For a guy who had such a long career, his stories are brief.

Sometimes, it "jumps around" in time periods...could have been a more fluid read.

Often, he starts to tell a story...shares an 'off topic' ancedote...and before you know it, you realize he never went BACK to the first story! How can you sum up entire periods of your career in one page?!

Jim, I'll always be a fan of your work...but this book was was NOT a satisfying compliation of your life's work.
It was more like a nice night out for beers and nachos and wrestling road stories.

...But thanks for sharing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoooo Tough Guy! October 29, 2013
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This is a great memoir for those of us who grew up on old school wrestling (or rasslin' if you prefer). Many do not remember that Hacksaw Jim Duggan was one of the biggest stars in the industry and quite a brawler in his day. There are parts of this book that made me laugh, smile, and appreciate his love for his family. You will enjoy reading these behind the scene stories and chapters of the life of a ring veteran!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Duggan does not hold back August 2, 2013
By Ramrod
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This is what a wrestling autobiography should be like. He gives you all the dirt and share some great stories. I'm very satisfied with this book and I've read just about all of the wrestling autobiographies. Definitely worth a read.
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Published 19 days ago by Rudeboy13668
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read, like all of it.
Published 21 days ago by Jack Eller
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This book had a lot of good stories in it. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I definitely recommend it to wrestling fan's
Published 1 month ago by Larry Hogue
1.0 out of 5 stars Lacking
I'm sorry to be the first to tell the truth and actually give this an honest opinion.
While I give anyone credit for taking the time to write a book, this was not very... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Avid Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooo!!!!
I really enjoyed his book. It was a really good read. I enjoyed the stories & appreciated the way he worked to get to the WWE. Read more
Published 15 months ago by kiss army general
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and fast read with lots of laughs
Hacksaw is and always be one of my favorites. I remember watching him as a kid growing up in the 80`s. This book is honest and hilarious at the same time. Read more
Published 16 months ago by jason
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I've read quite a few wrestling books. A lot of them have been poorly written. This one was great! If you're an old school wrestling fan, you will enjoy this book. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Melody Schrunk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Hacksaw Laid it on the line I thought it was a great book.
He may not go into detail on alot of the dirt but he does deliver in the entertainment department.
Published 17 months ago by Russmcla2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Hacksaw Jim Duggan
This book is a very good read. Hacksaw Jim Duggan's book is entertaining and tells good stories about himself and life on the road as a professional wrestler.
Published 18 months ago by Mike Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Wrestling Books...
This is not your typical WWE-produced book, this is real, honest, and all-around great. For any "old-school" wrestling fan, I implore you to buy this book.
Published 23 months ago by Danny J
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