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The Squared Circle

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The Squared Circle by David Shoemaker
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Nov 04, 2014 | ISBN 9781592408818

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Praise

“Ambitious and elegant, clear-eyed and soulful, The Squared Circle is a fine addition to the canon of literary sports writing.”
The Wall Street Journal
 
“Acid, engaging prose…Shoemaker ensures that the most unsavory aspects of wrestling have their due and that the spectacle’s victims won’t be forgotten.”
Los Angeles Times
 
“Wonderfully written…A thoughtful chronicle. . . . Whether you’re a wrestling fan or just a fan of good writing and stories, The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling delivers.”
The Memphis Flyer
 
“The most erudite book that I have ever read about…the world of professional wrestling.”
Good Times Magazine
 
“Adventurous readers, indifferent to wrestling though they may be, will find this a fun look inside an alternate universe. Fans, of course, will be whacking each other over the head with fake metal folding chairs to get their mitts on a copy.”
Booklist
 
“Shoemaker is at his best when telling comic anecdotes about the colorful characters of the sport. . . . [a] lively, informed survey.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“Few people write about anything as well as David Shoemaker writes about pro wrestling.  And if you’re the type who dismisses it as a ‘fake’ sport, just know that this awesome book contains real characters, real betrayals, and very, very real death.  That’s great reading.”
—Drew Magary, author of Someone Could Get Hurt and The Postmortal
 
“If you believe that pro wrestling is not a sport, then you’ve never read David Shoemaker. No one else so ably demonstrates the real-life drama and competition that takes place between the lines of the scripted action. No one else shows how true this fake world can become for the fans, promoters, and yes, pro wrestlers, who practice the trade. If you are a fan of sports and entertainment, or the murky world in between, you will devour this riveting book. And if you believe pro wrestling can’t produce top-shelf sports writing, then, yes, you’ve never read David Shoemaker. He’s the CM Punk of the genre, aka ‘The Best in the World’.”
—Dave Zirin, author of Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down
 
“This is the undoubtedly the best book about professional wrestling I’ve ever read. And I hate to admit this, but I’ve read many books about professional wrestling.”
—Mark Titus, author of Don’t Put Me In, Coach

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