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It's True! It's True! Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2002

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About the Author

Kurt Angle is a World Wrestling Federation Superstar and an Olympic gold medalist. He has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Conan O'Brien Show, and MTV. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperEntertainment (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061098930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061098932
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,329,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parker Benchley VINE VOICE on October 17, 2001
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When Kurt Angle made his debut in the WWF he was portrayed as the character of a sports legend who thought the world owed him a living for his winning gold medals in the Olympics. The real Kurt Angle is nothing like that at all, as we see in this eye opening and inspiring autobiography. Over the course of the book we learn that Kurt did not have the perfect family (losing his father to a fatal accident when Kurt was 16) or even the perfect marriage. Nor, despite the glory he's reaped, has his athletic career been on a perfect note. But he's done well, and he chalks it up to one constant in his life: if you really want something, there is no substitute for hard work. Angle overcame both personal disappointments and serious injuries to dominate his sport of wrestling at the college level and the Olympic level through his mantra of dedication and hard work.
Angle is the first American amateur star to turn pro since 1980. Before, it was not unusual for amateur stars to take to the pro ring; such wrestling champions as Mike DiBiase, Dick Hutton, Danny Hodge, the Zebra Kid, Bob Backlund, and Jack Brisco came from the amateur mats. Angle's reasons in joining the WWF, his views of the difference between amateurs and pros and his adjustment to the pro game make for fascinating reading, especially in light of the fact that his signing has caused other amateur stars to take the possibility of a pro career seriously. (Such as NCAA champion Brock Lesnar, who should make his WWF debut shortly.)
But Angle's story is not only of interest to adults or wrestling fans. His message and the fact the book lacks the profanity that has become commonplace in these sort of tomes make it perfect reading for any teenager who has dreams of pursuing a career, athletic or otherwise. There is no substitute for hard work.
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Format: Hardcover
Kurt Angle is a legendary, contemporary, amateur championship wrestler who parlayed his mega-successful amateur background into the realm of professional wrestling's "sports entertainment." This is his autobiography. Kurt Angle's "It's True, It's True" is an inspirational story about an extraordinary man who's succeeded and excelled at whatever he's put his mind too.
The book basically takes a chronological look at his life. The book opens by detailing his most triumphant moment, his winning of the Olympic Gold Medal in the 1996 Atlanta Games. From there the book chronicles, in good, honest detail, the story of his life. We begin with a detailed look into his childhood and family where Kurt grew up with his ultra-competitive and ultra-athletic four brothers and "functioning alcoholic father." From there he recounts the story of his father's tragic passing in a construction accident, the turning point in his life and the catalyst for his lifelong desire to be the best at everything in honor of his father's memory.
From there, my favorite part of his story begins, his looooong trek toward becoming the legendary wrestler he became. He recounts his college wrestling career and how he went "professional" competing in the International free-style level. His stories of the intensity of amateur level competition and traveling abroad, particularly in Eastern Europe and Russia, are simply amazing, to me, and are worth the price of admission. From there you take a look into his nearly psychotic training regimen he put himself through as he prepared for the Olympic games. Rocky Balboa's got NOTHING on Kurt Angle...
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Ever wonder what made Kurt Angle the mega-superstar that he is today? Ever wonder what would have made a man jump from Olympic Gold Medalist to the World Wrestling Federation? Well, look no further. This book will answer those questions and much, much more. It's true. It's true.
Unlike many other WWF wrestlers, Kurt Angle was a star before he ever stepped into the realm of sports entertainment. The first section of his book mainly deals with his amateur career and his jump from college to Olympic competition. He reveals a very personal side when talking about his father's untimely death, and it gives a nice look at the man behind the wrestling persona.
Although Angle gives a little too much insight to the technical aspect of wrestling, his backstage stories and personal feelings toward some of the other wrestlers is quite entertaining reading. His straightforward language makes the book a fairly quick read, and the photographs that pepper the book are extraordinary. The entire book is put together quite nicely.
IT'S TRUE! IT'S TRUE! is another successful book put out by the WWF. It is not a tell-all book, but it is quite interesting and hard to put down. This book will not dissappoint.
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First off, full disclosure, I am not a fan of professional wrestling. I wrestled in high school and therefore found the beginning of the book where Angle describes his workout regime and olympic competitions very interesting. When Angle began writing about how he donned the costume for his professional wrestling career, he lost me as a reader. Maybe it was because the tenor of the book changed from the story of a man born of determination to that of a pompous, conceited actor. My suggestion is that if you are into wrestling qua sport, then read the first part and skip the second.

-Dom
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