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Brody : The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling's Rebel - Larry Matysik


The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling's Rebel

Paperback Published: 15th August 2007
ISBN: 9781550227604
Number Of Pages: 240

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?The most unpredictable and charismatic grappler of all time? The brute that made brawling an art before the term “hardcore” was coined? The confrontational businessman who fought for every penny he felt he deserved? “Bruiser” Brody had no peers when it came to blood and guts, controversy and independence. Most wrestling promoters portrayed their top talent as exactly that kind of free-spirited, take-no-guff personality. They didn’t mean it, though — which explains why so few would admit to respecting Brody even as they featured him time and again. So why did they give him work? Simple. “Bruiser” Brody delivered the goods in the ring and at the box office. In the 1970s and early 80s, Brody was one of the few performers, along with Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, to be recognized as a national star. With his fiery personality, Brody also conquered the international market. Nearly two decades after his murder in Puerto Rico, Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling’s Rebel delivers a complete portrait of Brody’s remarkable life. Co-authors Barbara Goodish, Brody’s widow, and Larry Matysik, a close friend, offer a first-time opportunity to truly understand one of the sport’s most complex and controversial human beings. Goodish’s account of her husband’s horrific murder and its aftermath is both heartbreaking and compelling, while Matysik’s insider knowledge of the business puts Brody’s place in wrestling history into perspective. With a foreword by WWE announcer Jim Ross, Brody offers readers the unvarnished truth about one of the greatest wrestling legends of all time.

Industry Reviews

"A must read for any wrestling fan. . . . An inspiring story." --About.com
"Matysik tells it as honestly and true as any reader could want." --Nick Bockwinkel, former American Wrestling Association champion
"[Co-author] Matysik serves as a sympathetic biographer who worked professionally with Brody as a St. Louis wrestling promoter. Barbara Goodish tells a love story that began during Brody's Australian tours in the 1970s. Their chapters are interwoven throughout the book." --ScrippsNews.com

Acknowledgements and A Note on Style and Illustrationsp. v
Forewordp. VII
Introductionp. xVIII
Murderp. 1
Barbara Remembers...The Nightmarep. 15
The Legend of Brodyp. 21
Barbara Explains...Why Speak Today?p. 27
He Picks Youp. 31
Barbara Remembers...Home in New Zealandp. 43
Goodbye Gridiron, Hello Grapplingp. 47
Barbara Remembers...Australiap. 55
Fritz, Vince Sr., and Morep. 59
Barbara Remembers...The Romancep. 77
King Kong in St. Louisp. 81
Barbara Remembers...Coming to Americap. 105
Japan and Independencep. 111
Barbara Remembers...Marriage and a Sonp. 127
The World is Changingp. 135
Barbara Remembers...Life in Texasp. 161
Adapting, Manipulating, and Planningp. 167
Barbara Remembers...What Might Have Beenp. 181
What Might Have Beenp. 189
A Real Herop. 199
Epiloguep. 203
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ISBN: 9781550227604
ISBN-10: 1550227602
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 15th August 2007
Publisher: ECW Press,Canada
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 16.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.53