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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550227610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550227611
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Irv Muchnick knows wrestling like Anna Wintour knows fashion, and his intriguing collection of ring tales is written with passion and savage humor."  —Frank Deford, bestselling author and National Public Radio contributor


"Wrestling Babylon is the literary link between fans (including closet intellectuals) and intellectuals (including closet fans)."  —John Heindenry, executive editor, The Week magazine


"The wrestling version of Alice in Wonderland: You fall into the hole and you discover a world you never dreamed of. But Muchnick didn't dream this stuff up, he dug it up."  —Scott Ostler, sports columnist, San Francisco Chronicle


"Muchnick on wrestling is a surreal thing."  —Roy Blount, Jr.


"Like his uncle Sam Muchnick, Irv is a great reporter. But Irv is also a great writer."  —Larry Matysik, author, Wrestling at the Chase: The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling


"A few hundred years from now some archeologist is going to dig up a copy, alongside a box of men’s neckties, and wonder which aspect of our culture was stranger . . . In a world of timid, formulaic scrivenings on sports and entertainment and sports entertainment, Wrestling Babylon is a sock on the jaw."  —Bert Randolph Sugar, from the Foreword


"The only problem with this wonderful book is that it ends too soon."  —BeyondChron


"Loaded with detailed and well-researched goodies."  —New York Post

About the Author

Irvin Muchnick is a writer whose work has appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times to Penthouse. He is the nephew of legendary wrestling promoter Sam Muchnick. He lives in Berkeley, California.

More About the Author

Irvin Muchnick is author of CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling's Cocktail of Death (2009) and WRESTLING BABYLON: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal (2007). He is a widely published magazine journalist and has appeared on forums as diverse as Fox News' "O'Reilly Factor," National Public Radio's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," and ESPN's "Up Close." Muchnick is lead respondent in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case for freelance writers' rights, Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick.

Customer Reviews

First off, I should have checked that the book 152 actual pages.
Oceanus
The book had all the potential to be really good, but sadly, it wasn't.
M. Blinn
Worse the author posts random columns written previoulsy in his book.
John K. Holderman

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Luke on January 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the worst professional wrestling books I have ever read. The book is filled with information that is well known among most fans and is presented in a lazy and unorganized manner. Muchnick uses old articles to fill the pages of this books. Amazon says this book is 200 hundred pages long, but it barely makes it over 160 and most of that is pictures or his long winded and boring articles written for previous magazines.

Don't buy this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Rhoades on September 9, 2007
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This covers various scandals in the sport, and seems complete (ends before the Benoit deaths). It is readable for fans and non-fans alike. It ends with a chronological list of deaths of wrestlers under the age of 50 (and its a fairly long one). Could be more detailed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J Sullivan on May 27, 2013
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I'm a huge pro wrestling fan and an avid read of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Because of that I already knew much of the information in this. I really only got it for the Jimmy Snuka chapter which is good but leaves you wanting more. It's written in a really messy style and it's a little hard to read. It's not a bad read but it's not the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Schortgen on September 11, 2011
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This book wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. I always found that things that go on outside of the wrestling ring are fascinating to learn about. I am surprised with some of the details in this book, but overly not impressed with it. It doesn't reveal as much as it claims to on the cover (so don't let that fool you.) If you buy this book, I wish you the best at reading it because it's a tad confusing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter on March 15, 2008
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The book collates material that the author has written about over the years. Goes through the well-known scandals of Superfly Snuka and his girlfriend dying, Hulk Hogan and steroids, Pat Patterson and the allegations of ringboys etc.

The material is readable but nothing new to wrestling fans who have read other books.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jean Valjean on March 27, 2007
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Wrestling Babylon is a real eye opener. It blasts open the gritty underside of professional wrestling. This book is basically a compilation of articles written over the past two decades by Irvin Muchnick, a nephew of legendary wrestling promoter Sam Muchnick of Minnesota. The book presents insider information about the overuse of anabolic steroid in pro wrestling during the past two decades and other forms of drug abuse which stems from wrestling promoters preference to employ those who possess highly inflated and cartoonish physiques. It also reveals the sexual abuses which do happen behind the scenes. The book content is written with a great deal of humor and obvious love of professional wrestling. It perhaps appears to be a contradiction to say the author loves "rassling" and yet maintains a hard edged objectivity when discussing what actually happens behind the scene, however Muchnick has been able to successfully balance the two opposing sentiments. He is simply presenting wrestling as it is. It is only through awareness that positive change can happen. I only wish that Muchnick had been able to tie the story of professional wrestling from the early years of the television era and linking it to its current evolutionary stage and leading to a discussion about its possible future. Perhaps that is meant for another book. Are you listening Mr. Muchnick?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John K. Holderman on December 29, 2008
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I am glad I checked this out of the library because it is not worth paying for. The book is very short and is shorten even more with an abundance of random pictures that take up every third page. Worse the author posts random columns written previoulsy in his book. Even worse is the details of the articles are often written almost verbatim in previous pages. I read almost the exact paragraph more than once on many occasions. Most everything in the book is know by most fans of wrestling. I found the section on the Von Erichs interesting and that was about it. I would not waste my money unless you have money to waste in that event buy the book.
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Great book
Well written and very interesting read all about the wrestling biz.
If you are a wrestling fan this book is a must read.
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