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1. Killa The Autobiography of Kevin Kilbane (Large Print 16pt) - Andy Merriman, Kevin Kilbane

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Kevin Kilbane is Ireland's third most capped player of all time, with 110 appearances for his country, including an incredible 66 consecutive matches. He played more than 600 matches at professional level, and in Ireland is nothing less than a folk hero. But things could have been very different. Kilbane grew up the hard way, enduring a tough Lancashire childhood with his Irish immigrant family. It was only his prowess on the pitch, and subsequent signing with his childhood club Preston North End, that gave him the opportunity to escape poverty. Kilbane has since built a formidable reputation as an honest, dedicated professional who always gave his very best. he became a firm favourite with fans at the likes of West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Wigan and Hull, as well, of course, as Ireland, before he retired in 2012. Nowadays he is making a name for himself as a thoughtful analyst of the game on television and radio. But football is not the only passion in his life: as the parent of a daughter with Down's syndrome, he gives as much time and support as he can to the Down's Syndrome Association and Down's Syndrome Ireland, to which all the royalties from this book are being donated. Kilbane's autobiography is a genuinely inspiring story of a stalwart of the beautiful game.

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2. The Icing on the Cake (Large Print 16pt) - Annabel Morley

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With her grandmother the society beauty Dame Gladys Cooper, and her father the renowned actor Robert Morley CBE, Annabel Morley was always going to lead an extraordinary life. Evoking an English childhood from a bygone era, Annabel Morley brings back to life the magic and charm of growing up in a bohemian artistic and quintessentially English family. Their house in Berkshire was the backdrop to a wonderful array of events and personalities. Often surrounded by the greats of theatre such as Vivien Lee, Lawrence Olivier and Ralph Richardson, Annabel recounts these times with such wit and affection.

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3. Thommo Speaks Out The Authorised Biography of Jeff Thomson: The Authorised Biography of Jeff Thomson (Large Print 16pt) - Ashley Mallett

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Thommo was feared by batsmen all around the world. Sri Lankan Sunil Wettimuny recalls facing one of Thommo's balls: ""Never before or since that day did I know fear on the cricket field."" Mike Brearley, the Middlesex captain who led England during the World Series Cricket incursion, said of Thommo: ""Broken marriages, conflicts of loyalty, the problems of everyday life fall away as one faces up to Thomson."" This is Jeff Thomson's story, from the cricket fields of his Sydney schoolboy days to the international matches and beyond, as told to Ashley Mallet by Thommo, his former team mates, and his opponents. Thommo's legendary partnership with Dennis Lillee, a combination known as Lillian Thomson, was one of the most lethal in the history of cricket. As the caption to Paul Rigby's famous cartoon said: ""Ashes to ashes, dust to dustif Thommo don't get ya, Lillee must.""

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4. Brotherhood of the Rope The Biography of Charles Houston (Easyread Large Edition) - Bernadette McDonald

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The biography of Charles Houston, M.D., famed for leading the heroic K2 expedition of 1953 and his pioneering research in high-altitude medicine.In Brotherhood of the rope, Bernadette McDonald traces the development of an American hero. Houston is a mountaineer whose groundbreaking medical experiments on altitude and the human body helped calibrate the nation's WWII air-assault strategy and shorten the war. This is the man personally recruited by Sergeant Shriver to lead the first Peace Corps programs in India; the friend who Bill Moyers credits with saving his life; the physician who built some of the first artificial-heart prototypes in his garage. Houston is still a leading authority in high-altitude medicine, and serves as a mentor for troubled teens.

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5. Embrace The Chaos How India Taught Me To Stop Overthinking And Start Living (Large Print 16pt) - Bob Miglani, Andrew Jobling

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India has terrible infrastructure, is one of the most crowded places on earth, and struggles with high rates of poverty. Bob Miglani calls it the world capital of chaos. Yet India's 2012 Happy Planet Index rating (32) is 70 places higher than that of the U.S. (105). What do Indians know that we don't? Pfizer exec Bob Miglani returned to India, his birthplace, stressed out and worried about his finances, his family and his job; while driving in an Indian taxi he realized he was worrying about the wrong things. In Embrace the Chaos, he describes the simple lessons that allow us to thrive, be happy, and productive in life even when the world around us is going crazy. First of all, stop trying to plan or control the future; stop overanalyzing or worrying about events that might never happen. DO move forward, no matter what, and learn to enjoy the busyness of life. DO worry about your purpose, or SEWA, which is the unique reason you were put on this earth. Once you discover this, nothing else will be as bad as it looks. DO perform service for others and find your meaning in the spark of spirit within each person you meet. Mixing anecdotes, stories from his family, quotations from Indian philosophy and history, this book is a wake-up call to stop waiting and start living.

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6. Beware of the Dog Rugby's Hard man Reveals All (Large Print 16pt) - Brian Moore

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Brian Moore, or 'Pitbull' as he came to be known during nearly a decade at the heart of the England rugby team's pack, established himself as one of the game's original hard men at a time when rugby was still an amateur sport. Since his retirement, he has earned a reputation as an equally uncompromising commentator, never afraid to tell it as he sees it and lash out at the money men and professionals that have made rugby into such a different beast. Yet, for all his bullishness on and off the pitch, there also appears a more unconventional, complicated side to the man. A solicitor by trade, Moore's love of fine wine, career experience as a manicurist and preference for reading Shakespeare in the dressing room before games, mark him out as anything but the stereotypical rugby player and in Beware of the Dog Moore lays open with astounding frankness the shocking events, both personal and professional, that have gone towards shaping him over the years. Presenting an unparalleled insight into the mind of one of British rugby's greatest players and characters, Beware of the Dog is a uniquely engaging and upfront sporting memoir.

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7. Quarterly Essay 47 Political Animal The Making of Tony Abbott (Large Print 16pt) - David Marr

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Tony Abbott is the most successful Opposition leader of the last forty years, but he has never been popular. Now Australians want to know: what kind of man is he, and how would he perform as prime minister? In this dramatic portrait, David Marr shows that as a young Catholic warrior at university, Abbott was already a brutally effective politician. He later led the way in defeating the republic and, as the self - proclaimed 'political love child' of John Howard, rose rapidly in the Liberal Party. His reputation as a head - kicker and hard - liner made him an unlikely leader, but when the time came, his opposition to the emissions trading scheme proved decisive. Marr shows that Abbott thrives on chaos and conflict. Part fighter and part charmer, he is deeply religious and deeply political. What happens, then, when his values clash with his need to win? This is the great puzzle of his career, but the closer he is to taking power, the more guarded he has become. 'Since witnessing the Hewson catastrophe at first hand, Abbott has worn a mask. He has grown and changed. Life and politics have taught him a great deal. But how this has shaped the fundamental Abbott is carefully obscured. What has been abandoned? What is merely hidden on the road to power? What makes people so uneasy about Abbott is the sense that he is biding his time, that there is a very hard operator somewhere behind that mask, waiting for power.' David Marr, Political Animal

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8. News from the Village Aegean Friends (Large Print 16pt) - David Mason

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In his twenties, an American manual laborer and poet found himself living with his beautiful wife in a village in southern Greece. Their first encounter with that country would prove an unrecoverable dream of intimate magic, but through decades of steadfast affection, poet David Mason grew to a deeper understanding of what it means to be a citizen of one's own country and a citizen of the world. News from the Village is a lyrical memoir of Aegean friends, including such figures as Orhan Pamuk, Bruce Chatwin, Katerina Anghelaki - Rooke and Patrick Leigh Fermor, each of whom comes fully alive, along with a brilliant cast of lesser - known characters. Fearing he has lost Greece and everything it has meant in his life, Mason goes back again and again to the country he knew as a young man. He encounters Turkey and Greece together in the shadow of 9 - 11, follows the lives of his friends, whose trials sometimes surpass his own. Ultimately, Mason's marvelous book is about what we can hold and what slips away, what sustains us all through our griefs and disappointments. This book is richly evocative and rare.

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9. How about a Martini? The Battle Cry of Madison Ave - Large Print - Don Morrow

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In the Broadway Show "Little Shop of Horrors'" Don Morrow's contract reads: "A voice not unlike that of God"

A legend in his field whose experience goes back as far as television itself (63 years to be exact), you will soon discover another side to this man.

From Clint Eastwood's "A Fist Full of Dollars" to James Cameron's "Titanic" and beyond, from the beginning of Crest and Zest to IBM, Ford Motor, Shell Oil and Sun Microsystems, DON MORROW has been the spokesman and on camera for over 20,000 national and international commercials and motion picture campaigns.

Why the title? When I got to New York in the spring of 1951, I soon learned that most business deals were discussed and closed in bars rather than offices. The Martini (Gin) was the drink of choice back then and did we ever go through a lot of olives! This practice came as somewhat of a surprise to me at first...but I adjusted, believe me. To get a job, FIRST you had to find the sympathetic ear of a person with whom you could have a Martini. That slowed things up a bit, but, as one made the "rounds," you eventually found sympathetic ears. Let me explain the "rounds." You visited casting directors, show producers and their assistants, network employees, secretaries, almost anyone who would let you through the door and was open to your proffered coffee and doughnuts - and a good pitch. Step two was inviting them out for the Martini or libation of their choice. If you completed step two without fumbling, you were almost surely getting a job. I made lots of real friends in that manner and it worked well for all of five decades. Whoever could do this best, won the day.

Author Don Morrow started his broadcast career while a student at Syracuse University on the GI Bill shortly after World War II. During Don Morrow's career he has competed successfully with Richard Burton, Orson Wells, Vincent Price, Henry Fonda, James Earl Jones, among other major actors. The late Don La Fontaine said of his early mentor Don Morrow, a few years ago: "In the Beginning, if Don Morrow hadn't been there, I wouldn't be here..."

Keywords: Voice Over, Movies, Television, Commercials, Famous Voices

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10. How about a Martini? The Battle Cry of Madison Ave - Large Print - Don Morrow

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In the Broadway Show "Little Shop of Horrors'" Don Morrow's contract reads: "A voice not unlike that of God"

A legend in his field whose experience goes back as far as television itself (63 years to be exact), you will soon discover another side to this man.

From Clint Eastwood's "A Fist Full of Dollars" to James Cameron's "Titanic" and beyond, from the beginning of Crest and Zest to IBM, Ford Motor, Shell Oil and Sun Microsystems, DON MORROW has been the spokesman and on camera for over 20,000 national and international commercials and motion picture campaigns.

Why the title? When I got to New York in the spring of 1951, I soon learned that most business deals were discussed and closed in bars rather than offices. The Martini (Gin) was the drink of choice back then and did we ever go through a lot of olives! This practice came as somewhat of a surprise to me at first...but I adjusted, believe me. To get a job, FIRST you had to find the sympathetic ear of a person with whom you could have a Martini. That slowed things up a bit, but, as one made the "rounds," you eventually found sympathetic ears. Let me explain the "rounds." You visited casting directors, show producers and their assistants, network employees, secretaries, almost anyone who would let you through the door and was open to your proffered coffee and doughnuts - and a good pitch. Step two was inviting them out for the Martini or libation of their choice. If you completed step two without fumbling, you were almost surely getting a job. I made lots of real friends in that manner and it worked well for all of five decades. Whoever could do this best, won the day.

Author Don Morrow started his broadcast career while a student at Syracuse University on the GI Bill shortly after World War II. During Don Morrow's career he has competed successfully with Richard Burton, Orson Wells, Vincent Price, Henry Fonda, James Earl Jones, among other major actors. The late Don La Fontaine said of his early mentor Don Morrow, a few years ago: "In the Beginning, if Don Morrow hadn't been there, I wouldn't be here..."

Keywords: Voice Over, Movies, Television, Commercials, Famous Voices

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11. The Way of the Explorer An Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds (Easyread Large Edition) - Edgar Mitchell

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The Way of the Explorer traces two remarkable journeys--one through space, and one through the mind. Together they fundamentally alter the way we understand the miracle and mystery of being, and ultimately reveal humankind's role in its own destiny.

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12. The Real McCaw The Autobiography (Large Print 16pt) - Greg McGee, Richie McCaw

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Richie McCaw, Rugby World Cup winning captain and the New Zealand All Black's most capped player of all time, is unquestionably the greatest player of his generation. He is arguably the most talented player of all time. In his bestselling autobiography, McCaw talks with brutal honesty about the roots of his family life that defined his character and how it gave him the strength to emerge from the lowest moment in his career to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, and become the most successful captain world rugby has ever seen. As he prepares to become the first captain to successfully defend the World Cup, McCaw has set the standard of what a professional rugby player should be. Hugely popular and respected, his sheer presence means that he is a natural leader both on and off the pitch and his story is not just a brutal account of life on the front line, but an exhilarating portrait of modern rugby.

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13. Cholas in Bowlers Journey to Bolivia (Large Print 16pt) - Jane Mundy

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Jane Mundy had barely heard of Bolivia, a country that seldom makes the headlines.
The only images she had were of people rioting in the streets over the downfall of yet another government, and of the indigenous women, called 'cholas', who get around in funny bowler hats. But less than six months after meeting Graham, a man who shared her own restless urge to escape everyday routines and live more dangerously, she had packed up her life and taken off with him to this most intriguing of South American countries.
'Cholas in Bowlers' is the vivid account of Jane and Graham's adventures set against the backdrop of their fledgling relationship.

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14. Trafficking the Good Life (Large Print 16pt) - Jennifer Myers

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An all-American, midwestern farm girl, Jennifer Myers had worked hard toward a successful career as a dancer in Chicago. But just as her star was rising, she fell for the kingpin of a drug trafficking operation. Drawn to his life of excitement, she soon acquiesced to driving marijuana across the country, making easy money she stacked in shoeboxes and spent like an heiress. Steeped inside moral ambiguity, she sought to cleanse her soul with the guidance of spiritual gurus and New Age prophets to no avail. Only time in a federal prison made her face up to and understand her choices. It was there, at rock bottom, that she discovered that her real prison was the one she had unwittingly made inside herself and where she could start rebuilding a life of purpose and ethical pursuit.

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15. A Season of Loss, a Lifetime of Forgiveness The Dan Snyder and Dany Heatley Story (Large Print 16pt) - John Manasso

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Dan Snyder narrowly escaped being cut from his junior hockey team for two years in a row. That's hardly the stuff that nhl careers are made of. But Snyder earned his spot on the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers roster through sheer force of will and strength of character, even though scouts thought the odds were against him. Those who knew Snyder describe him as the kind of person others naturally gravitated towards. One of those people was Dany Heatley, college star, All - Star, and marked one of the nhl's next great players. On September 29, 2003, while driving down a treacherous Atlanta road with Snyder, Heatley lost control of his car. Snyder was injured, and died in hospital six days later. The lives of his family, friends, and teammates changed forever, as they searched for meaning and healing. Meanwhile, authorities in Atlanta charged Heatley with vehicular homicide. Snyder's family, however, took a path of forgiveness and reconciliation - a path that is ingrained in the Mennonite tradition from which they hail. While some might lash out against an easy target, the Snyders invited Heatley and his parents into their lives in an effort to make peace with their grief. This paperback edition contains an afterword by the Snyder family.

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16. The Man That Never Was Daniel Defoe 1644-1731 a Critical Revision of His Life and Writing - John Martin

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John Martin, a best-selling Defoe biographer, has radically revised all earlier accounts of Defoe's life and work in this scholarly, peer reviewed and enjoyable work. Using a mass of archived material, Martin advances the claim that Defoe was baptised in 1644 as the son of Daniel Foe and his wife Ellene in Etton, Northamptonshire and brought up in parish care in Colchester, Essex. Simply put, he asserts that all previous accounts of Defoe's early life are untrue in their entirety. In so doing he refutes earlier claims that Defoe was brought up as the son of a London merchant at a later date in a series of masterful Attachments. The author raises important epistemological issues. He asserts that literary critical assessments of Defoe's written work fail to understand that Defoe mixes autobiography and fiction with a fine lack of distinction and that as these are inter-textual a flawed biography has distorted all previous literary assessments of his work. He suggests that identifying the autobiographical in Defoe's work enables interesting changes to be made in Defoe's bibliography and the ascription of new works. Martin's work is fundamental to an understanding of all Defoe's writing to both academics and general readers alike. It is a 'must read' book.

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17. Saville - The Beast The Inside Story of the Greatest Scandal in TV History (Large Print 16pt) - John McShane

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When Sir Jimmy Savile died in 2011 he was celebrated as a prolific charity fundraiser who had dedicated his time to worthy causes. But on 3 October 2012, ITV broadcast a documentary called Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile. In it they revealed the shocking truth behind the popular TV persona. Several women alleged that Savile had sexually abused them when they were underage, sparking a flurry of further allegations in the following days and weeks. Savile was accused of abusing hundreds of young children and teenagers over nearly 50 years and on 19 October the Metropolitan Police launched a formal criminal investigation into his behaviour. Just how was Savile allowed to get away with such monstrous crimes for so long? What role did the BBC play in sweeping previous allegations under the carpet? Why was a Newsnight investigation that was set to expose Savile shelved? How was he given access to vulnerable individuals? Who else was involved? Top journalist John McShane answers these questions and more in this unflinching examination of the scandal that has rocked some of Britain's most famous institutions to the core. This is the full story of how Jimmy Savile went from being a TV favorite to the most reviled man in Britain

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18. Born with Teeth A Memoir - Kate Mulgrew

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Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil," Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred. Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: "Use it," Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work.

It was a lesson she would need. At twenty-two, just as her career was taking off, she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a fleeting glimpse of her child. As her star continued to rise, her life became increasingly demanding and fulfilling, a whirlwind of passionate love affairs, life-saving friendships, and bone-crunching work. Through it all, Mulgrew remained haunted by the loss of her daughter, until, two decades later, she found the courage to face the past and step into the most challenging role of her life, both on and off screen.

We know Kate Mulgrew for the strong women she's played--Captain Janeway on Star Trek; the tough-as-nails "Red" on Orange is the New Black. Now, we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself. By turns irreverent and soulful, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercingly sad, BORN WITH TEETH is the breathtaking memoir of a woman who dares to live life to the fullest, on her own terms.

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19. Drawing Heat the Hard Way How Wrestling Really Works (Large Print 16pt) - Larry Matysik

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Thrilling but flawed, entertaining despite the swerves and double - crosses, captivating even when repugnant... professional wrestling has enjoyed the attention and loyalty of untold millions for nearly a century. How and why is precisely what Larry Matysik examines in his third book, Drawing Heat the Hard Way: How Wrestling Really Works. Wrestlers have their own private language, and in the unique world of wrestling ''drawing heat'' is a very good thing: the successful generation of crowd reaction and fan excitement. The Hard Way? That's both exactly what it sounds like and something no one in the industry plans for: a legitimate and unintentional wound suffered because something's gone awry. In Drawing Heat the Hard Way, Matysik explains what it takes to win the hearts and minds of wrestling fans, and how, at times, mistakes, controversy and unexpected turns of events have damaged the reputation or forever changed the business he loves. If anyone understands wrestling, the problem - child offspring of whatever ''real'' sport is, it's Matysik. Drawing Heat the Hard Way takes on the way wrestling is booked or planned; analyzes the roles of wrestlers and announcers, and explores steroids as an industry and fan issue. It also considers wrestling's power - brokers, from those who influence the business by reporting on it, like Dave Meltzer, to those who make the final decisions on what gets broadcast every week, like the omnipresent Vince McMahon, and even to those who influence the sport with their pocketbooks - the fans themselves. At times humorous, occasionally heartbreaking, always insightful, Drawing Heat the Hard Way is ultimately an objective take on what it means to be a wrestling fan, from someone who knows the business inside and out.

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20. Wrestling at the Chase The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling (Large Print 16pt) - Larry Matysik

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Wrestling at the Chase is a fond, informative, amusing, and even poignant look at the who's who of professional wrestling and legendary St. Louis promoter Sam Muchnick. St. Louis was the capital, and Muchnick the ruler of professional wrestling, before Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment took over. What happened in St. Louis paved the way for today's multi - billion - dollar sports entertainment industry. The centrepiece of this magical operation was ''Wrestling at the Chase,'' a television program which broadcast from 1959 to 1983 from the majestic Chase Hotel. Larry Matysik was Muchnick's prot g and longtime announcer for the television show. With an insider's eye for detail and accuracy, he recalls funny and amazingly touching tales about the characters who created professional wrestling as we know it. Ric Flair, ''King Kong'' Brody, Dick ''the Bruiser,'' the Von Erichs, Lou Thesz, Gene Kiniski, Pat O'Connor, Johnny Valentine, Dick Murdoch, Harley Race, Buddy Rogers, Jack Brisco, and Andre the Giant are all prominently featured. So is Muchnick himself, the Damon Runyan of wrestling, a man who helped mould the bizarre business of circus and sport. The savage twists of the politics of wrestling are on display as well, particularly the changes that rocked the mat world during the early '80s.

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