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Foley is Good: And the Real World is Faker Than Wrestling Mass Market Paperback – June 4, 2002
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About the Author
Mick Foley is the former Commissioner of the World Wrestling Federation and one of its biggest Superstars. He loves amusement parks, is an American history buff, and can withstand more pain in one hour than most of us could in a lifetime. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Have a Nice Day! and Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos. He currently lives in New York State with his wife and three children.
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Well, there's plenty and I'm convinced he could write a third book with more on the road stories. I enjoyed this book with almost the same enthusiasm as the first, however, Mick does have a few moments of personal agenda tangents that seem to disrupt the pace of the book. (More on that later).
So what is 'Foley Is Good' about? Mick Foley takes a more of a personal reflection on his life and ideals outside of his time in wrestling. Don't get me wrong, this book is still clearly about wrestling as an industry, but more of a reflective look on how wrestling is interpreted by the media and watchdog organizations. He infuses his stories and observations with facts and side notes that are very interesting and enlightening. Why doesn't the media ever take these angles?
The primary focus of this book is about the remainder of his career from winning the WWF heavyweight title the 1st time through his retirement. WE read about the mental decisions and struggles of actively choosing to step out of the spotlight in lieu of your body and being with your family. He talks about his last few matches in great detail and fervor; it is so good, you think you are watching the match instead oif reading it.
Their are a few personal stories regarding The Rock, HHH, Vince, Test, Al Snow, Droz, and a few others that are very kind hearted in one instance and amusing in another. Mick paints his fellow wrestlers in a light that we normally wouldn't see because we aren't behind the curtain or on the road.
The only draw back that made this book slightly sub par from his first were his lengthy tirades on the media and especially the ill-informed PTC. Though I agree whole-heartedly with Mick's feelings, at times he seems bitter (he has the right to be!) for he gives fact after fact on how the PTC and the media got stories wrong, or crafted vignettes which painted today's pro-wrestling as the downfall to pre-pubescent society. It really amazes me at the tactics some of these organizations used, and they should be ashamed. However, Mick went on and on about these at times, which slowed down the book.
Otherwise another great read by Mick Foley
I was entertained by a lot of Mick's top ten lists (amusement parks, wrestling matches, movies etc). Mick still has a style of writing that is personal and makes you feel as if he is sitting with you discussing his career. This book is very personal just like Have A Nice Day.
The downside? Parts of the book were so political that you feel jarred away from the feeling Mick gives you when he opens himself up to you. While interesting, the politics could leave you feeling winded from reading it. Most Foley fans might want to skip these parts of the book. Also, it was a bit depressing unlike Have A Nice Day. Have A Nice Day was uplifting even when he discussed serious things he seemed to have a smile on his face, at least that's the feeling I got when I read the book (many times!).
I still liked this book enough to order another copy, as with Have A Nice Day, I read and re-read this book enough to wear out the original copy and have to order 2nd copies. Even this book was that damn good. Highly recommended even for non-wrestling fans. Where Have A Nice Day was an A+ this book might be an A or B+. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
Only issue is that this book covers such a short span of his life (from 1999 to 2000/01) that between the chronological chapters, he writes full chapters of things on his mind and various stories and issues at the time of his writing (backyard wrestling craze, likes/dislikes). While I enjoy his incite on these things, I felt it put the brakes on the flow of the book. Not to say its "bad", its all good! I just wish he waited a few more years to add to the short time this book is dedicated to.