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The Hardcore Diaries

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  1,475 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
What was I thinking? Another autobiography? A third? Who did I think I was, Winston Churchill? Why would I want to set my pen loose on hundreds of sheets of notebook paper unless I really felt I had something worth writing about? Besides, I had a wrestling comeback to prepare for, mentally and physically, provided I could get Vince McMahon and the WWE creative staff to emb ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by WWE Books
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Aug 24, 2013 Katrice rated it liked it
Mick Foley has gotten old and it shows in this third installment of his memoirs. The rambling style that seemed so engaging and so HIM, that made his first memoir such a joy to read now just seems. . . confused and distracted and maybe a bit bitter and weary. It's still read-able but also very disjointed. While he always rambled, he still kept the picture tight. . . you knew where you were going. Now, well he tends to skip around the timeline so much it gets really confusing. It's supposed to fo ...more
Nov 08, 2015 Willie rated it it was ok
Shelves: wrestling
Not as good as the first two. I still think it's ok, it still has Mick Foley's tone and writing style, except in this book he tends to ramble more and loses the main point he's trying to say. Whether it's intentional or not, I just didn't have the feel for it. I read another review that surmises it might have been better if Mick wrote this book in a form of essay/chapters, maybe like what Anthony Bourdain did in his books. I would have to agree with that suggestion, it's definitely more suited t ...more
Paul Pessolano
Mar 13, 2015 Paul Pessolano rated it liked it
“The Hardcore Diaries” by Mick Foley, published by World Wrestling Entertainment.

Category – Sports/Wrestling Publication Date – April 01, 2008

Mick Foley is a breath of fresh air, not only for the wrestling fans but for one who enjoys an entertaining and honest autobiography. Actually this is Foley’s third autobiography. His first two books, “Mankind, Have A Nice Day” and “Foley Is Good, And The Real World Is Faker Than Wrestling”, both were on the New York Times Best Seller List.

Foley makes no
Stuart Slingsby
Mar 25, 2015 Stuart Slingsby rated it really liked it
As you all know I am a WWE fan (I started in 1992 and gave up, then restarted in 2003) and I also read the first Mick Foley bio. This was written and layed out as a diary .going from April 2006 through to October 2006 talking about 2 main matches. The ECW One Night Stand 2006 match and the Backlash 2006 match.

Within the book Mick did pack peddle a few times to 2001-2003 etc to where he was working in Afgan and meeting the soldiers to doing charity events and meeting other celebs. The book was fu
Jul 31, 2016 Kevin rated it liked it
Likened to Buzz Bissinger's 3 Nights in August by Mick Foley, Hardcore Diaries is Foley's version of 3 months in 2006.

Written like a journal beginning each entry with 'dear hardcore diary', Foley takes the reader through a time in his life where he was on the back end of being a professional wrestler in the WWE. Dealing with a severity of injuries while being on a part-time contract with the company. The main storyline revolving around this book occurs from April to June as Foley is trying to gr
Nelson Benavent-Valentin
I have to start off with the fact that I love WWE and am a Foley fan. That said this book is a great example of diminishing returns. Book 1 was excellent, book 2 was great. But book 3 is good I guess. The entire format of course is different and is more like a look into WWE than a 3rd autobiography by the NY Times Bestseller (as he refers to himself about 500 times in this book. As usual he goes off on tangents almost every story he tells and this time name drops so much it looks a little like o ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Soho_Black rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, used-to-own
Supposedly, at the tender age of around 20, Wayne Rooney signed a deal to provide his autobiography in three volumes. Quite how interesting the next one is going to be given that he's spent most of the following year getting injured is anyone's guess. By contrast, Mick Foley has published a third volume of his autobiography, after reaching his forties. Admittedly, he has also spent quite a long time in his career being injured, but he's managed to get a far wider range of injuries.

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Feb 27, 2009 Mike rated it liked it
This is the third autobiography of former WWE (now TNA) wrestling superstar Mick Foley (a.k.a. Cactus Jack, Mankind and Dude Love). This book focuses mainly on how Mick prepared himself for the ECW (hardcore wrestling) pay-per-view in June of 2006. But he digresses back to 2001 and a few points in between.
Foley meets a lot of interesting non-wrestling individuals in his book, including George Steinbrenner, Paul Wolfowitz, Dee Snider, Barry Bonds, Christy Canyon, and many others.
Much of the book
Jul 03, 2011 Bill rated it it was amazing
As always a Mick Foley autobiography is a great read. He doesn't use a ghost writer so everything you read is from him. He's very open, honest, opinionated, self critiquing, funny, and straightforward. In this book you can tell the many years of wear and tear from wrestling has taken a toll on Mick, both physically and mentally. It's not an overly positive book and it deals with a period in Micks life where he is "burned out" from wrestling for the 1st time in his life. I really enjoyed the tear ...more
Jan 06, 2008 Mike rated it really liked it
Yeah, so what…I’m a wrestling geek. This is the third autobiography from the man who was known as Cactus Jack, Mankind and Dude Love.
The first 2 books were mostly about how he came to be a wrestler and the progress of that career. This third book is more about Mick Foley the man than Mick Foley the wrestler. Yes, it centers on the reason he returned to wrestling after he retired in 2000 and how the run of that return went. And that was interesting, at least to a wrestle-geek to see the creativ
Sam Denney
Mar 19, 2012 Sam Denney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wrestling fans
Recommended to Sam by: I'd read the first two volumes and couldn't resist the third!
If I was brutally honest, running through the list of Mick Foley's wrestling memoirs I'd have to admit that The Hardcore Diaries isn't quite as good as Foley Is Good, which is in turn quite a lot less good than Have A Nice Day! A case of diminishing returns, in other words. But that doesn't mean I didn't hugely enjoy reading it. In fact, Mick Foley is probably one of the writers that I would happily read anything by. When someone is so completely honest with his audience, so full of awesome back ...more
Isaiah Scott
Jun 13, 2015 Isaiah Scott rated it really liked it
The one thing I liked the most about The Hardcore Diaries is his use of humor to tell his stories ranging from meeting a man named Wolfowitz to attending a ceremony honoring athletic greats. I actually found myself laughing out loud at a lot of statements that he made. Since I'm still fairly young I actually enjoyed some of his "sophmoric humor" as he likes to put it. His looking back at his youth and the various challenges he had back then was something that I enjoyed reading. I did find some o ...more
Aug 09, 2015 Victoria rated it liked it
As a wrestling fan, I thought I would be hooked on this book, but it's really difficult to read as his writing style tends to be tangential and tends to disgress a bit, not helped by the storyline we're supposed to be following, which wasn't the high point of WWE's creative team.

Mick Foley is a good writer, there's no doubt about that, there's just other more interesting parts of his life, I'd rather be reading about than this storyline. It was a great book then, it just lacks longevity, becaus
Apr 12, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hardcore Diaries is my first taste of Mick Foley's writing and I found it enjoyable reading. Foley has a conversational style of writing that is easy to follow, even with not to perfect grammar like tense changes, especially as he's describing what he's best known for actions within the squared circle. Although the book's main theme of storyline conception to completion is fascinating and Foley's emotional roller coaster connected is great, I found his side stories fun, enjoyable, and humbli ...more
Ryan Werner
Oct 05, 2015 Ryan Werner rated it really liked it
Not as solid as the first two volumes of his memoirs, but interesting nonetheless. Foley's a solid writer: competent, effortless prose that is light without being pointless. The time-period this covers (2004-2007) is when I wasn't watching wrestling at all anymore, making the inside view of the proceedings (there are plenty of interactions with Vince McMahon) the most compelling part of the read for me. With everything in his two previous autobiographies, I was already aware of the angles and ev ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Hephaestus rated it really liked it
Hephaestus' rating system:

5 Stars: The book went above and beyond my expectations, delivering a tremendous literary understanding while not sacrificing the pacing of a compelling story.

4 Stars: The book was everything I had hoped it would be, delivering a terrific story while not blowing my mind.

3 Stars: The book was average - which does NOT mean bad. The book may have been well written, but the story was nothing special.

2 Stars: The book was below average. It did not meet my expectations and
Shelby Williams
Jan 27, 2015 Shelby Williams rated it it was ok
This book felt really disjointed and all over the place. Had the description of his match at One Night Stand not drawn the picture it did I would have had to drop a star. The first half of the book felt like an excuse to drop repeatedly mentions that he's friends with some gorgeous women inside and outside of the wrestling business.
Sep 07, 2014 Brian rated it liked it
While it was interesting to see how a match as memorable as the 2006 One Night Stand came to fruition, Foley in this book tends to go on unrelated tangents a bit too much. It's obvious that he had a lot on his plate while writing this with dealing with injuries, getting back in shape for an intense hardcore match, as well as fending off WWE's notorious creative team. Overall I'd give it a 3.5/5 if I could since it still has that Foley charm, but I personally would have liked to have read about m ...more
Justin Sylvia
Aug 06, 2011 Justin Sylvia rated it really liked it
When i first decided to read this book instead of the quasi recent Dalai Lama book i was hoping that i could get hooked and hooked at a faster rate then the previous had seem to fall short on. Man...was i surprised the Mick Foley book despite some not so great ratings from FB users who had read this was actually worth the couple of months or so of effort that i put into it. Once again i wasn't disappointed by Hardcore Legend. Just like Foley is Good before i am glad that i read this and got to t ...more
Roger Gaboury
Feb 15, 2016 Roger Gaboury rated it liked it
If you like the backstory of pro wrestling like I do, you will get a number of gems from one of the most canny wrestlers out there. However, if you expect a logical flow to your stories, check out "Have a Nice Day" or "Foley is Good", which are much better memoirs. I did like learning more about the former Mankind/Cactus Jack -- he's from the same Long Island area as my wife, and is a fellow '65er like me. But this work is herky-jerky stream of consciousness prose that is aptly named as a diary. ...more
Jul 08, 2008 Brandon rated it liked it
It behooves anyone to read the previous memoirs before this one, but I think that goes without saying. As a performer, Foley has very little left to say about wrestling and winds up going on tangents that have nothing to do with it and deal more with being a D-list celebrity. He does more with what little notoriety he has than just about anyone, regularly visiting kids in the hospital and injured troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. The times when he does focus on wrestling are pretty fascinating b ...more
John Hepple
Apr 18, 2015 John Hepple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though not strictly a wrestling fan, I have always had a lot of respect for Foley as he seems a genuinely nice guy who has a real passion for what he does. He is also an exceptional, and frequently very funny, writer. Recommended.
Newt cox
Apr 04, 2011 Newt cox rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Found this not too long after it came out in the mark down bin that the bookstore. That should have been a major clue. This is the third and the least of the Foley bio books. Way too much time is spent on him drooling over Melina. And he keeps talking about all these "great" ideas he gave to Vince Mcmahon. That Vince didn't use. And after reading them you can see why Mcmahon didn't use them. Also Foley is very very whiney in this book. And it is one of the reasons I am not a big fan of him anymo ...more
May 29, 2008 Miles rated it really liked it
This book is great for all wrestling fans and some non wrestling fans who just want a fantastic story about a mans life. It is an autobiography of a very famous wrestler named Mick Foley, the hardcore legend. Mick did not exactly have an easy life and had to work his way up to be the very best he could. This book shows that wrestling is not exactly all fake. People truly get hurt and in this story it shows that you really can get severly hurt. If you are slammed on the mat hundreds or even thosa ...more
Aug 11, 2014 Pyxipyro rated it liked it
Mick Foley is a great wrestler, and even better story teller. He tells his story and experiences as a professional wrestler.
James Faulkner
Mar 16, 2013 James Faulkner rated it liked it
I've read all of Foley's books and in my opinion this was the worst of his offerings. As others have mentioned there is no real aim of this book, the main line being an upcoming ECW show. This part was good but a lot of the rest was just filler and even Foley himself seamed to grow bored and appeared to run out of ideas.
As with his other books they are good reading for wrestling fans but I think non wrestling fans will struggle with it.
I admire Foleys honestly when talking about his employers
David Salchow
Apr 22, 2011 David Salchow rated it it was ok
I never did figure out exactly what this book was about. It was supposed to be about a storyline angle leading up a big PPV event. Mick Foley seemed genuinely hurt and did not understand that his storyline idea was not the greatest thing since sliced bread. Anyway, the progression of the storyline and his life leading up to the PPV was only about 40% of the book. The remainder was stories and anecdotes ranging from interesting, inspiring, boring, amusing all the way to dis-interesting. I picked ...more
Jun 15, 2007 Rob rated it liked it
Mick Foley's third autobiography. This time around, a lot of what is in the book is taken directly from his WWE blog (aka Foley's 'Hardcore Diary'). The rest of the book follows along in the same 'diary' pattern. This style of writing brings with it a different view on the wrestling world and Foley's most recent role in it. What the diary writing style doesn't bring with it, though, is an easier time following along with all of the stories. While it was a diary, the stories jumped back and forth ...more
Alexander Case
Aug 04, 2009 Alexander Case rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Wrestling fans.
Shelves: pro-wrestling
Mick Foley is, by far, one of my favorite non-fiction authors (I haven't read any of his fiction). This is an excellent book and perfectly wraps things up from the last two memoirs he's written (more or less), covering how his last feuds in the WWE were, basically, built. It's a very interesting look at the process of how feuds are done in Pro Wrestling, at least in the WWE. Anyone who is interested in how the pro wrestling industry works (particularly since The Wrestler came out) should pick th ...more
Aug 11, 2009 Shane rated it did not like it
I did not care for this book because sometimes the book is more politically motivated and more about the charity work Mick Foley does and not about wrestling. The charity work he does is amazing and he is very involved with a lot of charities, but that is not enough to write a book about. The book jumps around a lot and is often very hard to follow his train of thought which is how he is in real life. I found myself skipping paragraphs because they were ramblings and almost considered not finish ...more
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Mick Foley grew up on Long Island, New York. He is the author of the genre-defining #1 New York Times bestsellers: Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker Than Wrestling and Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. Foley has wrestled professionally for over fifteen years and was the three-time World Wrestling Entertainment Champion. He currently wrestles on TNA. Foley lives with his wi ...more
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