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Book Review: It's True, It's True

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on Sat, 12/26/2015 - 16:12

It's True! It's True! by Kurt Angle
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was published in 2001 as a part of what appears to be a World Wrestling Federation promotional effort featuring bio's of some of its stars and major events.

I read it this week, because I live in Pennsylvania, my father was from Pittsburgh and was a hall of fame wrestling coach. It was his copy of the book I read.

Kurt Angle won the PIAA state wrestling championship, two national titles at Clarion (a small state school in western PA), a world title, and Olympic gold in Atlanta.

Reading the book was personally engaging for me because Kurt is three years older than me and many of the people he references I had watched wrestle or had met, plus I competed myself and could relate to much of what he had to say about amateur wrestling.

His family story was interesting and I thought the description of how his family life impacted his personality and approach to life/challenges was interesting. I vividly remember watching his nephew wrestle in the state tournament on one leg when he injured his ankle, Mark Jr. was clearly as tough as Kurt said Mark Sr. was.

His description of post-Olympic, pre-WWF life was interesting to read as was his take on adapting and learning how the sports entertainment world worked.

I read this recognizing that it was a promotional biography that was co-written with a professional, but it still didn't seem tight enough of a write. As other mentioned there was a lot of repetition.

I thought the insight was very interesting, especially into the WWF and work that took place to make it happen.

This isn't a book for most people. You need to want to learn more about Kurt, but take it with a bit of a grain of salt.

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