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The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

David Shoemaker

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31. Oktober 2013
Grantland and Deadspin correspondent presents a breakthrough examination of the professional wrestling, its history, its fans, and its wider cultural impact that does for the sport what Chuck Klosterman did for heavy metal.
 
The Squared Circle grows out of David Shoemaker’s writing for Deadspin, where he started the column “Dead Wrestler of the Week” (which boasts over 1 million page views) -- a feature on the many wrestling superstars who died too young because of the abuse they subject their bodies to -- and his writing for Grantland, where he covers the pro wrestling world, and its place in the pop culture mainstream. Shoemaker’s sportswriting has since struck a nerve with generations of wrestling fans who—like him—grew up worshipping a sport often derided as “fake” in the wider culture. To them, these professional wrestling superstars are not just heroes but an emotional outlet and the lens through which they learned to see the world.
 
Starting in the early 1900s and exploring the path of pro wrestling in America through the present day, The Squared Circle is the first book to acknowledge both the sport’s broader significance and wrestling fans’ keen intellect and sense of irony. Divided into eras, each section offers a snapshot of the wrestling world, profiles some of the period’s preeminent wrestlers, and the sport’s influence on our broader culture. Through the brawling, bombast, and bloodletting, Shoemaker argues that pro wrestling can teach us about the nature of performance, audience, and, yes, art.
 
Full of unknown history, humor, and self-deprecating reminiscence—but also offering a compelling look at the sport’s rightful place in pop culture—The Squared Circle is the book that legions of wrestling fans have been waiting for. In it, Shoemaker teaches us to look past the spandex and body slams to see an art form that can explain the world.

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David Shoemaker has been writing about wrestling since 2009. He is a former book editor and is currently a book designer at Henry Holt and Company. Shoemaker lives in Brooklyn.

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31 von 34 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen Covers Some Old Territory, But It's Still A Fascinating And Engaging Read For Wrestling Fans 31. Oktober 2013
Von Brandon Mendelson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I received a review copy of this book just before it hit shelves. I'm glad I did because this is the best book on professional wrestling that I've read that wasn't written by one of the wrestlers.

(As an aside: Chris Jericho and Mick Foley's books are required reading for fans of the sports entertainment spectacle.)

I've been following David's work on Deadspin, and now ESPN's Grantland, for many years. I don't always agree with him. In fact, when he mentions that the current era of the WWE product is in what he calls "The Reality Era", I get a little crazy because I don't agree at all. But regardless, he's a tremendous writer and that's something that's lacking on the Web when it comes to the folks who cover professional wrestling with any regularity. (There's one other exception: Brandon Stroud at UPROXX's With Leather. Everything else is garbage.) He's also honest, fair, and even if you or I don't agree with his points, they're well argued and credible.

So if you've been following David's work for a long time, some of the stuff in this book isn't exactly new territory. Not that you'll mind reading it again because it's wonderfully written, but if some of it sounds familiar, there's a reason. I suspect though, just from my own experience having a book published, that the vast majority of folks who pick up this book are not going to be familiar with David's excellent "Dead Wrestler of the Week" Deadspin column or the current Grantland column. So for a lot of you who are going to read this book, you'll be pleasantly surprised, entertained, and informed while discovering what many of us on the Internet have been saying about David's work for many years now.

This book will make an excellent Christmas and Holiday gift for fans of professional wrestling, and I hope to see a new book on this front in the future from David.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wrestling Fan's Dream 6. November 2013
Von C. Rushing - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A fantastic book about the history of professional wrestling in the United States. Told in helpful timeline form, this book provided stories and information that I did not know before, and I'd always considered myself a bit of a nerd when it came to wrestling facts. A tremendous read. I found that I could not put it down. Well worth the purchase if you're a wrestling nerd or even a casual fan that wants to know more about how we got to where we are. Highly recommended!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Wanted to like it 2. Januar 2014
Von D. Dahlbeck - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I should start by saying The Masked Man is one of my favorite bloggers. Not just about wrestling, about anything. His knowledge and conversational writing style make for easy reading that is very in depth.

Having said that, this is little more than a bathroom book. He basically created short chapters about dead wrestlers and then tried to create some sort of organization based on era.

That would be fine, but the book is so disjointed that some things that were defined or explained in a previous chapter are defined and explained again. Clearly, each chapter was written in a vacuum and it shows. It became really distracting.

Also, the brief overviews of the individual eras (Golden, Territorial, Wrestlemania, and Modern) left me wanting more.

Like I said, it's a good book, but I wanted it to be excellent and it just wasn't.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Read this book 5. Dezember 2013
Von Jason J. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is not for your sterotypical "professional wrestling"fan. This book has made me laugh, thinking and is hard to put down.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good read, but I just wanted more. 19. November 2013
Von Richard H. Thomas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It is an impressive book and worth buying. I would tell any wrestling fan it is worth reading. I am not talking about just current wrestling fans, anyone who has ever been a wrestling fan will enjoy it. Even if you have not watched a match since Wrestlmania V or the last Monday Night Nitro, part of this book will speak to you.

The book is an enjoyable read. I had an easy time getting into it. I read it on my kindle, mostly on my lunch break. The chapters are the right length where I could finish a chapter or start over if I needed to get back to work.

Each chapter is the story of a different wrestler. The roots of the book was Shoemakers Dead Wrestler of the Week column he started at Deadspin. He tells the story of pro-wrestling by framing the stories around the dead wrestlers. He does not focus on how wrestlers died, but how they lived. He frames many of the great stories of wrestling this way.

He starts the book with the History of Wrestling. He tries to figure out the point where wrestling went from a competitive sport to a "worked" sport that we have today. This gives him a way to introduce many of the tropes of wrestling. This was the least interesting part of the book to me, but I can see why he had to include it. You could tell he did research on this part of the book, but only about 10% of it was new to me.

The most interesting stories were about the wrestlers I watched first hand. Reading about Andre the Giant, Randy Savage, and Road Warrior Hawk put a smile on my face. It made me feel like I was celebrating their lives. It is odd to read about them now because I am older then they were when I started watching them wrestle.

It is the stories like Curt Hennig that make me sad. While we saw a lot of great matches from Mr. Perfect, I always felt like he never got as far as he should. The sad stories are the people you feel did not get enough out of their life. More of these stories are in the back of the book, for the wrestlers about my age.

I could tell that David Shoemaker is younger than me. The book did not have the feeling of a writer that have lived first hand through things before I was a wrestling fan. This books is good, but it left me wanting more. There are more dead wrestlers who I want to read about, more periods of wrestling to explore, more wrestling promotions to learn about, and more wrestlers to read about. May of the people in this book deserve their own book. I have no doubt that Randy Savage or the Von Erich's could support a whole book.

The book ends with the duel stories of Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero. Their deaths was either the last moment of the last era in wrestling or the first moment of this era of wrestling, maybe there is no difference between the two. There is a darkness that hangs over everything we see when we watch wrestling. Reading this book just makes that clear.
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