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Hacksaw: The Jim Duggan Story Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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About the Author
Hacksaw Jim Duggan was one of the nation’s most popular professional wrestlers in the 1980s. He lives in Lugoff, South Carolina. Scott E. Williams is the author of two previous books, including Terry Funk: More Than Just Hardcore. He lives in Dickinson, Texas.
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It is an honor and a privilege to buy Hacksaw Duggan's book after all these years. I took my family to see him at WWF house shows in the late eighties, and saw him in person at the 1990 Royal Rumble. I watched his move to WCW, and his comeback appearance on RAW where he insulted Edge and his girlfriend Lita (Hoooo!) Now you can read about his exploits for the first time.
Starting in High School with a solid football and amateur wrestling background, the reader might be surprised at the intellectual prowess Duggan also possesses. I really would have liked to see a chess match between Duggan and one of the heels he fought over the years (resulting, of course, in the chess board being tossed aside when the bad guy starts losing). Duggan relates being picked up by the Atlanta Falcons, and expresses admiration for those who manage to do that sport season after season. Entering professional wrestling in 1980, Hacksaw quickly found a top place in the regional territories as Vince McMahon began his "Rock n Wrestling" takeover of the wrestling scene.
Their paths eventually connected, and Hacksaw gained national prominence as he fought King Haku, Ted Dibiase, Andre the Giant, the Big Boss Man, Hercules Hernandez, Earthquake, and the Macho Man Randy Savage.Read more ›
Fortunately, Hacksaw waited until his career had slown down to write his memoir, and it's a grand one indeed. Hacksaw was never one of my very favorite wrestlers since I prefer guys with ring skills like Bret Hart and personalities like Ravishing Rick, but still, it was hard not to like the guy. When I initially started watching wrestling around 1997, he was one of the first guys I noticed in WCW. He really stands out compared to a lot of other wrestlers. And as much as I prefer the heels over the faces, it's hard for me not to laugh when I hear the big, "HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" by both Hacksaw and his audience.
This book gave me insight to a lot of things. To my surprise, one of Hacksaw's biggest rivalries was with Ted Dibiase, long before his WWF days. Sometimes I don't realize how much these guys have paid their dues to be where they are. I sometimes think that WWE just finds a few big guys somewhere and says, "Hey, want to be on TV? We'll train you." But it sure wasn't like that with Hacksaw and Dibiase. They trudged through the independent leagues for years, battering themselves into bloody pulps until they earned enough recognition to be taken into the WWF.Read more ›
When I heard this book was written, I was excited to read it.
It actually makes me feel bad to say that I was disappointed.
In fairness to Duggan, the book reads just like Duggan speaks...so there is a certain "honesty" in the book.
But Scott Williams co-wrote it!
Scott - Why didn't you help EDIT this book??
It's a short/fast read.
For a guy who had such a long career, his stories are brief.
Sometimes, it "jumps around" in time periods...could have been a more fluid read.
Often, he starts to tell a story...shares an 'off topic' ancedote...and before you know it, you realize he never went BACK to the first story! How can you sum up entire periods of your career in one page?!
Jim, I'll always be a fan of your work...but this book was was NOT a satisfying compliation of your life's work.
It was more like a nice night out for beers and nachos and wrestling road stories.
...But thanks for sharing.
I always like the books where the wrestler was a legitimate tough guy. Hacksaw was one of the few that gained respect not by his years in the business but also through the fact that no one screw with him and his wicked temper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was okay. Should have been a lot longer. Was hoping for my old school stories .. Easy read thoughPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting read..full of little known facts that you may never know without readingPublished 9 months ago by glen88
A good straight forward life story. Some may be upset that Duggan doesn't shoot on the business but that's not what these books are all about. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Hooooo!!!! A nice read from just an all around good guy. If you're a fan of 80's wrestling, it's worth picking up IMO!Published 21 months ago by Murph74