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This review is from: A Fighter's Heart: One Man's Journey Through the World of Fighting (Paperback)
I'm not sure what the deal is with Ivy leaguers and their social experiments, but this story proves once again that good marketing is all that is required to be considered an authority on something.
I will agree with the majority of folks who have read this book that the first part is pretty interesting simply because the reader keeps expecting a big payoff; however, the reader never gets one. Sheridan would basically go hang out and "train" with exclusive groups of fighters, but only accomplish wannabe status. The last part about being an extra on some B-movie was the most blatant example of name-dropping, and was not even remotely relevant to the story - unless you want to make the argument that putting a behind-the-scenes look at a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie belongs on Best of UFC DVD...
The dog-fighting part could have been covered in about five pages.
Don't let the subject matter fool you - this guy is yet another rich kid who leverages his connections for his own social experiments. A modern day Thoreau (Thoreau spent one night in a prison, and then lamented over how horrible "prison life" was). The world of fighters, which at least he realized, is one that is filled with guys who have come from broken homes, lived hard lives, and/or have something deep down that they have to prove. It's not a life for yacht-sailing pretty boys who have turned to journalism for a career.