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.
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.
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!