Your respect and passion for the wrestling business is greatly appreciated, as well as your "shoot me between the eyes" viewpoint.
I always look forward to reading your analysis of the business in general, and the WWF specifically.--- Vincent K. Mcmahon
Straight From the Hart is the no-holds-barred book about the often surreal, physically and psychologically brutal and politically cutthroat world of professional wrestling that fans everywhere have been waiting for.
Bruce Hart is the son of legendary wrestler and promoter Stu Hart and a member of what may be wrestling's true "first family" --- a wrestling legacy that now spans three generations and includes icons like Bret "Hitman" Hart, Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith, and Jim "The Anvil" Neidhardt, as well as current day stars like David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd, and Natalya Neidhardt. For the first time ever, Hart steps from out of the shadows of Calgary's fabled Hart dungeon to discuss it all: growing up as one of twelve children in a house where men like Andre the Giant and Killer Kowalski might be seated at the breakfast table; the rise, fall, rebirth, and ultimate demise of the popular and highly influential Stampede Wrestling promotion; what it was like to be trained by his father and fight both with and alongside his brothers and stars like The Dynamite Kid; why his family's business was destroyed by Vince McMahon's WWF; how the tragic death of his brother Owen rocked the Hart family; and what really happened behind the scenes of the infamous Montreal screwjob.
Along the way, Hart gets to the heart of the wrestling business, taking you behind the scenes to discuss how wrestling should be booked, the toll steroids and other drugs have taken on his friends and family, and what it was like to write his brother Bret's newspaper columns while the Hitman was on the road.
"It may just be the latest chronicle in Calgary's Hart family saga - a saga that spans half a century - but Bruce Hart's acute reporting paints a quintessential morality play of a Canadian independent company (and family) fighting for its identity during the years of Ronald Reagan's cash-crazed America." --Nathaniel G. Moore, "Globe and Mail "(March 29, 2011)
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 14th January 2011
Publisher: ECW Press,Canada
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.1
Weight (kg): 0.59