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Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment Paperback – February 24, 2004
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The timeline of the book goes from the start of the NWA in 1948 to when the McMahon's moved their WWF company from USA over to Viacom.
I'd recommend the book for all wrestling fans thought acknowleging that it is not perfect. There are some inaccuracies with dates and other information. The authors flip back and forth between topics. This can lead to some incohesivenss and rather pointless info that may be just included for pure shock factor.
At the end of the book their is a final chapter that is very rushed. It includes the XFL, demise of ECW, and the sale of WCW to Vince McMahon. I felt that the sale should have had alot more detail since it was one of the biggest news stories in wrestling history. It would have been nice if the authors would have gone into more detail covering it.
The book was a bit short (258 Pages, not the 288 Amazon.com lists) and can be read at a fast pace. The language in the book is not the greatest. I can understand when the authors quote someone but I was suprised to see some of the words they used themselves. It did not bother me but it might not be a great choice to read for someone who is of a younger age.
Would have been nice to see the book a bit longer and covering more topics but this is probably the best book on wrestling that has been released lately. Despite the cons, It was still very enjoyable.
Sloppy facts and enough made up info and verbiage make this book a no go.
It's fairly easy reading. I finished this in two days.
In effect, the reader is treated to a fascinating back-stage look into how Sports Entertainment emerged from humble beginnings into a corporate and television empire.
Centering around the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) dynasty is Vince McMahon, the company owner, with him being an essential focal point in the book. Virtually no stone is left unturned in the revelations of how be bought the company from his father and used, sometimes ruthlessly, whatever business tactics he needed to buy out his competition and solidify his domination in the wrestling market.
Not without its myriad problems during its rise to greatness, the WWF would absorb many situations that pushed it close to failure on several occasions. Among some incidents would be rampant steroid use by wrestlers and revealing sex scandals in the 1980s. Rebounding from this and moving into the 1990s, Vince McMahon would eventually go head to head with media mogul Ted Turner regarding their many ugly battles to ruin each other and gain domination in the cable television market.
Shifting into the late 1990s and approaching the new millennium, the WWF would finally begin its eventual rise to the top through perseverance and shrewd business dealings that have made it the sole professional wrestling powerhouse they are today.
Sex, Lies, and Headlocks is a very well written and researched book and is probably the closest look you will ever get to truly knowing and understanding the WWF's history and its secrets. For all fans of Sports Entertainment, this book is a real treat and comes highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent graphic book. Let's you know how real and nasty things were.Published 4 months ago by dman
Fantastic read, highly recommend to anyone, wrestling fan or not. The level of detail and unbiased reporting was refreshing. Really enjoyed it.Published 5 months ago by Victor
In an industry built on illusion, a cursory opinion might be what’s the point of exploring the history of a make-believe sport? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael W. Rickard II
This book wasn't exactly what I was wanting or hoping for, but it was close. I did find out a multitude of info I probably wouldn't have found out before. Read morePublished 11 months ago by mike mcconnell
Well, it was a good try but after the writer got a few facts wrong that can easily be researched it gave the whole book to me a sense of "suspended disbelief" too bad it... Read morePublished 14 months ago by jlbjr
This book is a solid introduction to the history of the WWF and gives you information about how wrestling began. Read morePublished 20 months ago by J. R. Rogacki
For those who aren't already familiar with Vince's history, this would be a perfectly acceptable introduction. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Christopher Marshall