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National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly That Strangled Pro Wrestling

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?In the 1950s, in Las Vegas, a businessmen’s conglomerate dominating a $25 million-a-year sports industry hid their illegal practices from the U.S. Department of Justice until they were caught. The sport that privileged cold hard cash over honest competition was professional wrestling, and the conspirators were members of the famed National Wrestling Alliance. National Wre ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by ECW Press (first published 2007)
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Dan Schwent
National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly That Strangled Pro Wrestling is the story of the formation, life, and demise of the NWA.

This is the second book in my Kindle Unlimited Experiment. For the 30 day trial, I'm only reading books that are part of the program and keeping track what the total cost of the books would have been.

National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly That Strangled Pro Wrestling details the formation of the NWA due to the need for one re
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Matthew Lippart
Man, this is the perfect example of a great story completely ruined by shoddy writing and organization. I am a huge wrestling fan, and know very little about the NWA, except for the "mainstream" guys- Lou Thesz, Strangler Lewis, etc. I had hoped this book would fill in the blanks I had in my wrestling knowledge. In a way, it did, but this was written more like a high school book report than a historical treatise. As an example, the story of Fred Kohler moving his wrestling show from the Mairgold ...more
Patrick
While this book seems to be well researched, the layout of the information and the style with which it was presented leaves a bit to be desired.

The author had apparently made up his mind prior to writing this book rather than presenting the facts and allowing the reader to do so. He presents the NWA as an organization originated to squash smaller, less established promoters and makes them out to be criminals in doing so. I think there is certainly an argument to be made with this in mind, howeve
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Rick
A good overview of the history of the NWA, the alliance of wrestling promotions that basically paved the way for a national wrestling promotion. Heavy on the early history, with names and wrestlers most modern readers would not recognize, the book weaves biographical chapters with the history of the alliance.

The biggest sticking point in the reading flow would be the chapters dealing with the lawsuits and government litigation the NWA faced in the 50s as part of an antitrust movement. This is b
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Rich
This was a fun book for those really interested in the history of wrasslin, and the industry outside the ring. The problem is that is reads like a high school history book - but the wealth of information contained in it is wonderful.
Andy Connell
Wonderful history of the early days of Professional wrestling. This is for people who really want to learn, not just a casual read. Can seem a little daunting if you dont know what you are getting into.
Mark James
Suited more for a wrestling historian than the average wrestling fan. I really enjoyed the depth of the history contained in the book. There was really an amazing amount of research done to complete this book!
Jaybob1982
Very informative read with details, but very dry and I felt like I was sledging through it. Still historical, full of information and from that it was okay.
Oliver Bateman
Terrible writing, boring narrative, tremendously useful information. I've got a .pdf copy to loan out if others are interested.
Buddy
An overview of the oldest and one of the most prominent wrestling leagues in North America.
Greg Briggs
Excellent if you love the history of things. A definite slow read but informative.
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