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on August 24, 2006
This book is a visually stunning, warmly heartfelt, and emotionally powerful pictorial history of Lucha Libre compiled by the genre's most talented and prolific photographer. Ms. Grobet can only be thought of as the high priestess of the "theater of headbutt theology," as she so amusingly puts it. Lucha Libre shows a side of wrestling life unavailable anywhere else. There are luchadoras feeding their babies, enmascarados helping their wives with the dishes, and space giants hanging out with their Ewoks -- to name but a few images.

Lucha Libre is also a surprisingly large and thick book. Although it has a "softback" cover, it is in every way a coffee table book suitable for impressing a houseguest... assuming that he can be impressed by a full color pictorial history of masked wrestling. It has captions in both Spanish as well as glorious, unpretentious Spanglish that are a genuine pleasure to read. It's only flaws are that it isn't indexed (a pet peeve of mine) and that it's binding is a bit weak. Still, for the price this book is an absolute steal.

You would have to be a no-account Rudo not to buy this book.
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on July 16, 2016
An amazing resource for people looking to research the living and changing culture of wrestling in Mexico. YES, there's El Santo, Demonia Azul, Mil Miscaras, etc, but there's also the Exoticos, American vs Mexican wrestling as depicting by women, the life at the arenas, the history. It is not just men in shiny masks sucking in their guts.
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on May 14, 2007
An amazing collection of photos, stories, and history from the archives of the most noted lucha photographer ever... Lordes Grobet thrusts the reader into the world of lucha libre and immerses them in the moments that made history...
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VINE VOICEon January 8, 2008
This is a great book that chronicles in Spanish and English the world of Mexican wrestling or as it is known, lucha libre. It is filled with interviews and essays where you learn the inner thoughts of the legends of the ring. Although the great Carlos Monsivais Carlos Monsivais: Culture and Chronicle in Contemporary Mexico,Mexican Postcards (American and Iberian Culture Series) who is a master at social commentary, is listed as the author, he writes the introduction and the rest is a compilation of essays by a variety of authors. The real author is the photographer,Lourdes Grobet, who in my opinion, makes this a photographic essay deluxe book. Apparently she has followed the careers through her camera lense for many years, dating back to the golden age of Mexican wrestling. Here you will see the Blue Demon, El Santo, Dona Virginia, and to many to mention here, superstars from different eras. The book is fun trip down memory lane for some, whereas for others it is a way to discover the roots of current Mexican wrestling and the similarities and differences to WWE. The photographs are spectacular, not only of the wrestlers but of their fans in the different arenas throughout Mexico. The photographs are in color and black and white but regardless, they are vivid reminders of that deep rooted cultural identity, symbolic to Mexican wrestling, the mysterious maked man. This book is recommended for all fans of wrestling. This is a good book for browsing or reading as there are many photographs that are full page reproductions.It is a fascinating look at the world of lucha libre through the camera lense and eyes of Lourdes Grobet.
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on July 5, 2006
I purchased this book for research and I was not dissapointed. First of all the book is large, and at over 300 pages there's plenty of eye candy. A lot of the pictures have a photo journalist feel to them bringing you deeper into the world that is Mexican Wrestling. This book is worth every penny. Do purchase.
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on May 13, 2007
A wonderful journey into the history of Lucha Libre, The faces, the masks, the people and the great cities that were all part of this amazing book! Wonderful pictures and a great treasure to have this book!
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on January 5, 2007
I found the book to be the best title on the wrestlers and their lives. The culture of Mexican wrestling is so rich and colorful.
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on June 1, 2016
Great edition, great theme!!! Very recommended!!!
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on August 21, 2014
One of the best history of Lucha Libre ever printed!! The Photos are dated, but they were created in the heyday of Lucha Libre!! Great Purchase!!
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