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3 stars for the writing, 5 stars for the philanthropy,
This review is from: Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal (Hardcover)I wish I could give the book an unqualified recommendation as prior reviewers as done, but found it to be tedious, repetitive, and generally lacking in economy of expression. Many of his sentences could have been reduced by 5 words without exposition loss. The substance of the first half of the book, apart from the editorially inept presentation, was for the most part uninteresting. Although the author's favourite chapter was the Tori Amos meeting, I thought it did not warrant its considerable length.
This book presents Vince McMahon as a workplace bully who is not only unfair with treatment of his staff but also has dubious ethics regarding compensation. One suspects that WWE chose to promote the work to make its President appear not to be a monster. I believe Mick's literary portrait of him was absolutely fair.
The anecdote about Kurt Angle at the airport portrayed him as being self-absorbed, although the author showed him no malice whatsoever.
For me the second half of the book was much better than the first. The Sierra Leone chapter was very inspirational and moving, speaking to the spirit of its people. The author's dedication commands admiration. I would have hoped to see more photos of his visit there as a child sponsor, for which he was afforded the highest conceivable (dare I say Biblical) acclamation from his hosts. The chapters on the use of steroids and giving advice to those in the wrestling industry (current and aspiring) were also superb and written more succinctly. The narrations of the final promo for and match with Sting were also excellent. To be sure, the book finished much better than it started.
Finally the author deserves commendation for donating all of his fees to charity. This makes the book very worthwhile, in spite of its unevenness in execution. Mick remains a good, albeit very loquacious, story teller. Should he do this again, I intend to keep reading.