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Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal Hardcover – October 1, 2010

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Professional wrestler Foley is also the author of the number-one New York Times best-seller Have a Nice Day! (2000). This is his account of the 34 days leading up to his emergence from retirement and debut with a new wrestling organization. It’s a chronicle of training, injuries, and rehab. But it’s also a collection of anecdotes about the wrestling world—including a few about controversial impresario Vince McMahon—musings about the use of steroids in the sport, and accounts of charity work in Sierra Leone and Foley’s relationship with Paul “Wolfie” Wolfowitz. Yes, that Paul Wolfowitz. Though the audience for Foley’s writing is primarily the huge wrestling fan base, readers who don’t care a whit about the spectacle will be entertained by a surprisingly sophisticated man with a variety of opinions about the world around him. The book satisfies on a number of levels (particularly Foley’s self-deprecating humor) and will likely draw significant interest. --Wes Lukowsky


"Mick Foley is a natural born storyteller whose sense of humor and sensibilities regarding life are a joy to experience. This hilarious, often poignant, vividly written true story is an amazingly honest journey that any fan of pop culture, sports, family values, battling Father Time, helping others, and, obviously, pro wrestling past or present, will love. I read Mick's latest literary effort twice in three days and am anxious to start the process all over again." (--Jim "JR" Ross, Hall of Fame wrestling announcer)

"Mick Foley is like the two sides of a coin. Both a hardcore wrestling legend and a smart, caring author-Mick's intelligence makes him lethal in the ring and his wrestling intensity makes him a deadly writer. Countdown to Lockdown applies a "Mandible Claw" to every page!" (--Dee Snider, Twisted Sister frontman)

"Like a trusted bard of old, Mick Foley is a masterful storyteller whose tales are guaranteed to engage and entertain." (--Chris Jericho, New York Times bestselling author)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1st edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446564613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446564618
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Boykin on October 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mick Foley was one of the first to publish a 'behind the curtian' wrestling memoir, 1999's 'Have a Nice day: a Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks'. My own copy of that book is well worn and (like it's author) has sustained much physical damage from multiple readings (Foley himself sustained damage from explosions, chairs to the head and falls onto hard surfaces, not from multiple readings). It was passed it into the hands of others through the years, and it never failed to make a strong impression. There were 2 subsequent sequels, as C2L points out Foley is thus more memoir'd than Churchill, but lets see Churchill do a flying elbow on the concrete (not taking anything away from being instrumental in defeating the Nazi's, mind you). Can yet another volume, written 11 years later compare? Yes. C2L has the same honesty, humor, and heart that made the original standout. It is also the first of the Foley memoirs not to be published by the WWE machine. Foley describes his departure from WWE, his journey to the competition, and the struggle to overcome the pain and damage sustained over years of a violent style of wrestling (before it was the norm) to perform in another main-event. To recognize one's limitations (having retired from competition more than once) and try to make one more go of it may be a familiar story, but it does not seem the least bit tired. Fun bonuses include a meeting with Tori Amos (bringing full circle the inspiration her music had on him in the early days), tales of surviving the Nautilis side of the weight room, and occasional digs at Al Snow.Read more ›
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Ah, Mick Foley, on his unprecedented FOURTH! autobiography. Some might call it overkill, but whatever you think of Mick, you can't say he's not interesting!

This book covers his final days in the WWE and his month in TNA leading to his World Title showdown with Sting. First off, all his chapters dealing with wrestling are GREAT! You can tell he's actually happy with how his storyline is going, as opposed to his previous book about the 2nd ECW One Night Stand PPV where everything he was promised was changed. The tone is much brighter.

His non-wrestling stuff is good too. From his charity work to his meeting with one of his heroines (he doesn't call her such, but she is) Tori Amos, it's some compelling, HAPPY stuff.

And a lot less politics than his previous book, HU-FRICKING-ZAH!

One of the few things I didn't like about this book was, in keeping with his happy tone, he didn't talk enough about what happened to Chris Benoit. He has a FANTASTIC chapter discussing the aftermath, and about steroids, pain killers, and other drugs. But I was really hoping he would talk more about Benoit, what happened and his thoughts.

Other than that, it's an almost complete return to form for the Mickster!
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There's no question concerning Mick's ability to convey his thoughts on paper. His writing style is his own and quite interesting. Even professional at best.His obsession with Tori Amos' song "Winter" sometimes gets overbearing. Maybe it's his obsession with the song that helped Mick keep his sanity in the wacky world or pro wrestling. Although he credits Vice McMahon with giving him the opportunity to hit the "big time", Mick still concludes that Vince was still no more no less a pro wrestling promoter cut throat,out for every buck he could make, usually at the expense of the pro wrestler. While later wrestling in TNA, Mick has some good things to say concerning the TNA owner Dixie Carter. It appears her knockout good looks may have been influential in forming his opinion of her. However, Dixie did let him experiment with his own ideas which was very limited under the rule of Vince. Few pro wrestlers have sacrificed their health and bodies in the world of pro wrestling as Mick has.His one ear will attest to that fact. I can't help but wonder what he will look like when he turns 60? Knowing that the outcome of matches are scripted does not detract from the fact the bumps the wrestlers endure, just to give the fans their moneys worth.This book is not as good as Micks previous literary endeavors but still well worth reading.
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Professional wrestling legend Mick Foley has become known for as much as his memoirs as he has exploits in the ring. "Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal" is the fourth memoir from Foley, continuing his journey through the unique onscreen and offscreen world of professional wrestling. This memoir follows Foley as he leaves the biggest company in pro wrestling the WWE, and moves to a smaller company in TNA Wrestling. He also speaks on his charity work, the challenges of aging wrestlers, his love for Tori Amos, and gives a different opinion on substance abuse in pro wrestling and sports in general. For fans of Foley's previous work as well sports memoirs, "Countdown to Lockdown" will prove a solid addition, highly recommended.
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