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Whether it was in the ring during his decades-long wrestling career, or in his home during his popular reality show, Hogan has spent most of his adult life in front of the cameras. But for this memoir, Hogan hoped to open up about everything in his life, and it's hard to argue that he didn't succeed. From his days as a high school outcast in Florida to his ascension as perhaps the most popular wrestler of all time—it was like the Beatles or something, he writes—Hogan pulls no punches along the way. The first half of the work is fascinating, as he chronicles his first exposure to wrestling, which ended in a broken leg, along with his openness about steroid use and other drugs. Once his wrestling career ends, however, the book devolves into rather uncomfortable reading. Hogan writes exhaustively of his destructive marriage and his wife's alcoholism, and details his subsequent affair. But the most cringe-worthy passages come in his unabashed defenses of his son, who served nine months in jail for his role in a car accident that permanently injured his friend. The spiritual enlightenment that Hogan experiences in the final chapters does little to brighten the mood by the time the final page is turned. Wrestling fans will enjoy Hogan's honest look at his career and the history of the business. But the exploration into the rest of his personal life proves to be more depressing than uplifting. (Oct.)
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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312588895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312588892
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Peter on November 7, 2009
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This is Hulk's second book and it is interesting to compare this one with his previous book Hollywood Hulk Hogan from 2003.

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.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richardson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 11, 2009
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I wasn't sure how to take this book...Hulk Hogan is a guy that has been telling untruths with a seriously straight face for so long I didn't know if I could believe anything he would say or write. In fact it took me about 50 pages to get over my prejudice and get into his story. I'm really glad I did because this is a book you can enjoy on many levels. There is something for the wrestling fan wanting an insiders look. There is something for the person who wants to know more about celebrity and the trappings of that world. There is also something here for someone who just wants to be inspired by an oversized man with oversized goals who has over and over pulled himself up , dusted himself off and started all over again. There is still a fair amount of hyperbole , but I can't imagine that Hulk could really resist embellishing here and there.

Ultimately, I came away happy I read this book, and hope that Hulk breathes clean air for many many more years....highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Randy Waterhouse on December 3, 2009
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I really did not know what to expect when I opened this book. I was pleasently surprised in the detail he provided, and the overall message he sent in this book. Hulk Hogan was one of my idols growing up, and I followed his career through watching him virtually every week on tv. I had no idea the struggles he indured to get where he is today, and the lows he reached in recient years. I am amazed at how just reading and being open to change can be so life changing. I too am at a cross roads with my life and it seemed negitivity was right on for the ride. After reading this book I opened my eyes and realized that life is too short to be angry and bitter about everything. I have sat down and re-read the book 2x since I originally picked it up, and everytime I do I feel everything will be ok as long as I keep looking up and if I keep positive. I will eventually get to where I want to go in life. Fanstastic book, one of my new favorates.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy K. on November 8, 2009
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I grew up watching this guy, taking his advice; eating my vitamins, doing my exercises and saying my prayers. I have always been a huge fan, and am so even more now after Terry bared his sole in his book, "My Life Outside the Ring."

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.
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