- Series: WWE
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; New Ed edition (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416526455
- ISBN-13: 978-1416526452
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,075,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heartbreak and Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story (WWE) Paperback – 2006
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It's truly a nice pleasant book complete with its candy-coating. I'm proud that Michaels is able to show his Christianity and beliefs and that he has the forwithal to be public about it. However, this story of his life is a little too sweet and nice. It makes you wonder what he would have included had he not been born again and gave the 'dirty' side of his life with all the good. He's careful not to mention what drugs he used and surely there was more to his 'partying' than just getting drunk. He admirably avoids badmouthing too many fellow wrestlers but does give his apparent honest opinion on a few like Shane Douglas, Sid Viscous, and Bret Hart. I'm sure he wrote a story that his kids will be able to look at in a few years and praise him and thusly he may have eliminated the "torrid details" and sexual exploits his life possibly entailed before becoming a family man and man of God.
In all, it's an inspiring story of his life and worth reading to get some sense of where HBK is from and where he's going.
Firstly, I want to point out. Am I a Shawn Michaels fan? No! Do I respect his work? Yes, very much. Its impossible not too. The man goes out and puts on a show every times hes in the ring, heck, the guy wrestled with a broken back just to get Steve Austin over. That demands respect. The book itself, begins telling tales of Shawns youth, and provide some very funny and humours tales, about his mother, his brother, school friends and his temper. While he doesnt go into huge detail like Mick Foley did, he paints a very interesting picture and its enjoyable to read about how he got into wrestling and his training. Again though, he doesnt go into as deep as Mick did in his book which hurts a little because you dont learn about the emotional and physical pain he goes through. More like 'he was great and gifted and he would do well'.
Once he gets through his early years and into his times with Marty and being the Rockers, the book goes down hill a little for me. Instead of offering funny stories, of which there could be many, he spends to much time in the book making himself look like the innocent victum, how he was always in the wrong place at the wrong time, how everyone hated him and no one understood him.Read more ›
This autobiography didn't crack through the bestseller list like his associates Mick Foley and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and that's mostly because Foley started the whole wrestler autobiography trend. Then, it was innovative. Today, it seems that every WWE superstar wants to tell his story, and to most fans it's become little more than a gimmick; another way for WWE to generate revenue and the wrestler to score some more royalties. That doesn't seem to be the case here.
Michael Shawn Hickenbottom spins a true-life yarn of his life, and it's wholesome, simple, and easy to read. There's nothing fancy about Shawn's writing style; by no means is he a "master" storyteller like Foley, who has gone on to write children's books. His paragraphs flow along like a lazy stream, but the stream's current increases just when it needs to, capturing readers and taking them on the occasional run down a tumultous rapid. The simple style delivers, and the way Shawn tells his story puts you in his hotel room, locker room, parents' house, bar, or wherever he happens to be at the time.
Everything you ever wanted or felt you needed to know about Michaels is revealed in this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a very interesting autobiography. Shawn Michaels takes us through his childhood and all the way through his career in the early 2000's. Read morePublished 19 days ago by PS
While channel surfing the TV one day I came upon a pro wrestle show about injuries the wrestlers sustained during their careers. I am not a regular wrestling fan. Read morePublished 3 months ago by kelly Groce
clean and nice story about his point of view of his life. all fan of his need to read.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome stories shared by HBK. If you're a fan this will bet a great readPublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
As a huge HBK fan, I kind of automatically liked this book but at the same time it was almost more of a direct history lesson & it wasn't the best wrestling autobiography I've ever... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Claude Kane III
It's pretty obvious that Vince had Shawn on a short leash while writing this book. It makes no mention of sunny or any other female conquests Shawn made through his career. Read morePublished 13 months ago by matt
Great Book! Most of you knew Shawn Michaels the wrestler, but after this book, you know him as a person. Very inspirational. Read morePublished 13 months ago by RJStha
Love this book! Very detailed and easy to read. If you're an HBK fan, you MUST read this book!Published 14 months ago by Manapazza
Book is in good shape and packing was sufficient. However, the cover slip was not included and there was no mention of this in the book description.Published 14 months ago by J. Fonville