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.
©2013 David Shoemaker (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I've never read a detailed account that compares to this one of the life and death of various wrestlers, their hardships and their victories, and all the insider stores in between. The language in this book is beautiful as well! Note that some of the audio is redubbed; however, it's barely an issue at all in that this book is so great!
If you like this book, you might like the author's podcast Cheap Heat; just Google it and you should be able to find it in various ways.
Accountant addicted to Audiobooks. I was never a reader until I started my Audible Subscription.
Compelling, Glory, Gone too soon!
The story tells about the glory of professional wrestling mainly from the 1970's thru late 2010. So many Great wrestlers we have watched and have lost before their time.
R.C. Bray is my favorite narrator and he makes every narrated book come to life! Bravo on another great performance.
Makes me feel sad for all the great wrestlers that have died in their 30's, 40's & 50's which seem way to young for me with Phenomenal Physiques in their younger days. It is obvious that drug use steroids & other along with all the falls of wrestling has taken a toll on these men.
Great Book for the wrestling fan. Must read!
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