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Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling's Rebel Paperback – August 15, 2007
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With the exception of the big two, WWF and WCW, Bruiser Brody literally worked everywhere on the wrestling planet. He developed one of the most unbalanced reputations in the history of the wrestling industry. Starting out in Texas, then making a name for himself in St. Louis under the guidance of promoter Sam Muchnick, hitting virtually every territory in the country, dominating the wrestling circuit in Japan, and taking advantage of the national exposure by appearing in Verne Gagne's AWA. The road-map of Brody's career literally circled the globe and he did it all with an iron fist and a steadfast commitment to preserving his own character as well as the integrity of the sport.Read more ›
But this book really opened my eyes up to what a multi-layered personality Goodish was outside the ring. I never would have guessed that he was into investing and read the Wall Street Journal. I was also struck by the numerous stories of how kind Goodish was outside the ring and how different he was from his Bruiser Brody character.
Some of the earlier reviews are correct in that the book does stray toward hero worship at times. But author Matysik has definitely put in the work by quoting so many different people who knew the real Goodish/Brody. Matysik does not ignore Brody's notorious reputation for refusing to job or being unreliable or holding up promoters, but the book is very sympathetic to its subject.
The book alternates from chapters written by Matysik to chapters written by Barbara Goodish (Brody's widow) and back again. Truthfully, this format is kind of awkward between the Matysik chapters and the Goodish chapters because the chapters often don't flow smoothly or are not connected with the topics being previously discussed. But the book is still an outstanding read.
The book starts off detailing the murder of Brody by Jose Gonzalez in Puerto Rico. Again, I thought I knew a lot about the murder, but it is fascinating to read the account of wrestlers like Bobby Jaggers who were actually there the night of the murder.Read more ›
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This was a great book about the man I always enjoyed watching. Larry did a great job.Published 3 months ago by Gary L. Bird
Great read. I love it. Arrived on time and in good condition.Published 4 months ago by Pamela J Alford
This is a must read about the real hardcore legend, Bruiser Brody!Published 11 months ago by paul skivers
"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend"
Despite Randy Orton's claims to the contrary, you can't kill a legend. Read more
Everything that you need to know about Frank "Bruiser Brody" Goodish. The wrestler, the husband and the Dad. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dan Lawrence
For those of us "marks" who have followed the business for years and knew of Brody, this is an exceptional read. If only he had that one run in WWF, who knows what may have become. Read morePublished 17 months ago by michael c martinez
Bruiser Brody was a huge star across US and Japan pro wrestling in the 1970s and 1980s who passed away young under tragic circumstances. Read morePublished on June 13, 2014 by Ben
Whether you were a Brody fan back in the day or you're a younger wrestling fan who has only heard about him, I highly recommend BRODY. Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by mfrissore