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My Life Outside the Ring Hardcover – October 27, 2009
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“Hogan displays a charming ingenuousness throughout the journey ... a lively, breezy narrator.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Even through the written word, Hogan makes it easy to remember why Hulkamania ran wild for so many years.” ―Associated Press--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
In the first book, we got a lot of wrestling stories and we also saw a lot of Hulk's life glossed over and certain events minimised to a great extent. Admittedly the book was written with the backing of the WWE so there was limits to what could be written.
In his latest book, we see very little wrestling discussion and much more of a real look at Terry Bollea the man rather than Hulk Hogan the wrestler.
Hulk has had a bad last few years with the injuries from his career starting to take a greater toll on him, his son being involved in a major car wresck that left his friend permanently injured and sent Hulk's son to jail for 8 months. There was Hulk's divorce and the subsequent financial punishment that he faced with the divorce and the lawsuits coming from the car accident.
Hulk was a nearly beaten man by 2007.
In this book, Hulk tells us of his feelings leading into his issues and then how he slowly but surely climbed out from the troubles to become a better man. He sets the story straight on the rumours that were circulating about him and his conduct in the last few years.
Has he glossed over some things? Maybe, maybe not, but considering the amount of things that he discusses in this book (drugs, marital infidelity allegations, thoughts of suicide etc), he hasn't left many stones unturned at all.
This is a far better book than the rather ordinary 2003 book. Hogan lets it all out in My Life Outside the Ring and one gets the feeling that you have read a quality book.
Ultimately, I came away happy I read this book, and hope that Terry..er Hulk breathes clean air for many many more years....highly recommended.
Reading this now in my mid thirties, I was not surprised to read about how he was living in excess while I was idolizing him in the 1980's. He openly admits to behaviors and actions in this book, that had I known about at the time as a pre-teen and early teen, would have devastated me. I certainly would have labelled him a hypocrite. However, as a grown man, I no longer view life through rose colored glasses and I would be surprised more to find my hero wasn't living as he was in those days. I applaud him for his honesty about it now, and have no ill will. He inspired me to believe in myself at the time, and his book has done that again, now at the adult level, for in it, we see that the whole "vitamins, prayers and exercise" thing certainly was a staged line, but the intensity, desire, and belief in doing what is right was real. The caring for other people and wanting to reach out and positivly affect as many people as possible was real and it still is.
It is heart wrenching to hear what Terry (Hulk) went through during his 23 year marriage to his wife, a woman who would spend upwards of $50,000.00 a month at Walmart and had to have a multi-million dollar mansion (one $14.5 million) in practically every town she liked. The verbal abuse Terry and his kids went through at the hands of a suffering alcoholic was brutal, the type of thing you would expect in the trailer parks, but certainly not at this level of societal living, but the Hulkster endured it, as did his children.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hey, I'm mentioned in the book so of course I think it's great!Published 1 month ago by Gary M. Barres
Interesting insight into the reality show days, but not much else of substance.Published 7 months ago by Nicholas I Kann
He whines and blames everything on his ex-wife which she didn't she sink to that level.Published 10 months ago by prettyvacant123
This book offers readers a chance to know Hulk Hogan. It is a wonderful balance between spending time with the character called Hulk Hogan, and the real human being, Terry Bollea,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Craig
Its a tell all that you wont put down until the last page. I hung out with Hulk prior to reading, and it was fascinating to learn more details about the guy most of us idolized... Read morePublished 12 months ago by MrBrandMan
This inspirational book is one my new favorites, not just for wrestling fans, but for anyone who needs support in this life.
Much better than I expected. Read more
A real disappointment for me. All in all this book was about how hard his upbringing was, how hard he worked and how his "evil wife" did all kinds of bad things to him. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Night Train
As a young child, I was a Hulkamaniac through and through. As such, I've always been a bit fascinated to this day about the exploits of my childhood hero. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Zachary Koenig