I love biographies, they’re my favorite kind of book, and I also love comedy and have a huge respect and love for the classics like the Three Stooges and The Marx brothers. So when I came across this book I was pretty excited, and I’m glad to say it lived up to my own hype. It has some odd things about it, like this isn’t your average biography. There are even long stretches of the book that don’t even seem to be one at all, but that’s fine because all of it is incredibly entertaining. Groucho talks about his beginning days on the stage and getting bigger all the way up past his movie career. At 376 pages it makes for a surprisingly quick read, but that’s merely because you can’t put it down. If you like comedy I’d assume you like the Marx Brothers so this is a must read.
Most people know Bruce Campbell from his acting, most specifically the Evil Dead movies. Well Bruce decided he’d had enough life experience under his belt to write an autobiography. And damn if it isn’t a good one. This takes us from Bruce’s childhood making up games with his friends in the neighborhood to making backyard movies to the giant mess it was trying to raise money for, film and sell Evil Dead (a good chunk of the book). From there it goes onto other film projects, Bruce branching out and becoming an actor independent of Sam Raimi and his friends all the way to doing the book tour for this book. It’s also got an excellently hilarious intro by Sam and Ted Raimi. Anyone who’s a Bruce Campbell fan, a fan of movies or just likes reading autobiographies will really enjoy this one.
John E. Oden takes on the task of writing a boxing book, sure this has been done hundreds of times over but this time it’s a different kind of book. There’s a few things that make this book unique, first off it isn’t focused on the tragedy of the sport as so many now a days do. What this book does is take on a biographical stance on multiple boxers, telling some of their history, how they got started and in many cases the fight that made their careers. In just over 170 pages we take a look at Muhammad Ali, Oscar de la Hoya, Jake LaMotta, George Foreman, James J. raddock, Joe Calzaghe, Floyd Patterson, Bernard Hopkins and the Klitschko, Vitali and Wladimir. The author also gives us a look at Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Joe Louis, Max Schmeling and their career defining fights. While there may be a lot of repeat information that you’ve heard before if you follow boxing or boxing history you may be surprised to find a lot of information you didn’t know. Each chapter is around five pages which help make this a page turner but none of this seems rushed. This book is a must read for any boxing fan.
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Wrestling legend Classy Freddie Blassie write a biography along with the help of Keith Elliot Greenberg, and this book is awesome. Any wrestling fan should read this book, it provides incite on everything. Freddie Blassie covers getting into wrestling, the early days, his peek, becoming a manager and retirement. Not only that but it tells a lot of Blassie’s personal life as well. As an added attraction it includes input from different wrestlers, promoters and celebrities that knew and worked with Freddie throughout his life. Clocking in at 288 pages this is one of the better books I’ve read on wrestling.
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While at 169 pages this isn’t the longest baseball book ever written it may be my favorite. Jim Palmer is one of the greatest pitchers of all time, Earl Weaver is one of the greatest (if not the greatest) managers of all time. Together they were a great time, a friendship filled with what some people might as a love hate relationship. Written by Jim Palmer and Jim Dale this takes us from 1965 to 1983, a pretty complete list if I do say so myself. This is filled with great Palmer and Weaver stories, a great read for any baseball fan and a must read for any Baltimore Orioles fan.
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