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Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks

4.31  ·  Rating Details ·  5,827 Ratings  ·  295 Reviews
Mick Foley is a nice man, a family man who loves amusement parks and eating ice cream in bed. So how to explain those Japanese death matches in rings with explosives, golden thumbtacks and barbed wire instead of rope? The second-degree burn tissue? And the missing ear that was ripped off during a bout-in which he kept fighting? Here is an intimate glimpse into Mick Foley's ...more
Paperback, 768 pages
Published October 3rd 2000 by HarperEntertainment (first published 1999)
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Aug 15, 2014 Conor rated it really liked it
When I was about 11 or 12 most of the lads in my class were really big into professional wrestling. This mostly consisted of dropping piledrivers, powerbombs and inverted neckbreakers on each other. When I wasn't opening up a can of whoop-ass on my frineds I also watched the shows, read a couple of autobiographies and even learned the terminology. Example: 'The face beat the heel in order to get over'. If you don't understand that, you're a 'mark'. Sorry. (Incidentally there's a pretty big overl ...more
Jul 18, 2010 Randy rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-sci-fi
Never been a fan of wrestling. Yes, I just started a review with a segment and not a sentence. In truth, I knew who Mick Foley was before I read this book because a friend and fellow comedian was obsessed with wrestling. He handed me this weighty tome and declared it "the best wrestling book ever".

"Wow", I thought. "That's a bit like saying Paris Hilton is the queen of the spoiled, rich whores." No offense to whores. Anyway, I got about twenty-five pages in before I understood that beneath that
Peter Dickinson
Apr 16, 2012 Peter Dickinson rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
Pro-Wrestling? PRO-WRESTLING??? But that's just FAKE!!! Only retards like pro-wrestling.

Okay. Here goes. I am a fan of pro-wrestling and this is me coming out of the pro-wrestling closet.

I wasn't a fan before I read this book though. It wasn't even on my radar as anything I would ever be remotely interested in. Not even as a youngster. Then, on a complete whim, I read this autobiography and it changed my brain. My eyes were opened to a world I had not even realised existed. And isn't that the po
Jun 17, 2008 Tom rated it it was ok
In case my friends are wondering why I read this one, there are two reasons:

1. I'm doing research for something I'm writing
2. I used to really love wrestling, at least until I started college.

Anyway, I suspect I would have devoured this book if I'd read it at the height of my wrestling obsession. As it is, I got through it pretty quickly, but that's because I was able to skim through a lot of the endless repetition.

It's kind of interesting, but spends way too much time on blow-by-blow accounts
MacDara Conroy
Jul 06, 2010 MacDara Conroy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I can't believe I lost my fucking ear; bang bang!" This should be a mandatory purchase for every serious wrestling fan.
Asghar Abbas
Oct 12, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing

This isn't a biography. This is epic, a novel concept. This is about a seemingly ordinary man and his dreams. How he let his body be crushed but not his dreams. He kept them alive as much as they kept him alive. A family man , a decent person . A happier ending , he made it and got out on his own terms.

This isn't a biography. This is literature, as close to literature as biographies can get.

Ashley Hill
Jul 25, 2013 Ashley Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I'm not really a fan of wrestling, in that I don't quite get into the watching of it -- but the meta is fascinating, and listening to wrestling fans talk about wrestling is a blast. Which makes this book a fun read.

What makes it really hard to put down is that Foley is just a really goddamn fun narrator. He's got a voice. When something exciting happened, or when he was low, it's clear in the telling. He sounds like a dude telling you a story in the corner booth at a bar. (Including the part
C.T. Phipps
Apr 11, 2015 C.T. Phipps rated it it was amazing
Mick Foley is one of the best ring performers in the past thirty years. I say that because I've been watching wrestling for the past thirty years (admittedly, starting at the ripe old age of four). As Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude Love, he created three of the most memorable wrestling personas I can think of.

When Mick first debuted in 1991 on World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as Cactus Jack, I was legitimately terrified of the man. His matches were full of brutality, acrobatics unexpected of
Colin McKay Miller
Mick Foley’s Have a Nice Day! A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks may have spurned an unfortunate number of wrestler-penned autobiographies (that I will never read), but it’s a good and amusing enough read that I understand why the trend (and Foley’s writing career—more books that I will never read) got rolling.

Mick Foley is that crazy wrestler. Not the one who puts up his hands to logically shield his head for a bump. Not the one who takes what could be a dangerous fall onto what ends up being a ri
Jared Waller
Oct 15, 2015 Jared Waller rated it it was amazing
While i'm not what you may call a big reader, of the books I have read, this one has to be one of my favorites. Unlike some painfully slow autobiographies i've read, this one had something many others were missing, charm. You can't help but fall in love with this book when you read lines such as "...I hadn't been so embarrased since my mother walked in on me when I was fourteen and caught me playing Coleco electronic football nude." Foley brings humor yet insight to often painful situations, see ...more
Andrew Webb
Apr 10, 2009 Andrew Webb rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. However, I can't strongly recommend it to anyone who isn't a wrestling fan. Foley has a great story to tell and has a wonderful sense of humor, but his stories of dealing with various wrestling personalities (Harley Race, the Dynamite Kid, Paul E. Dangerously, etc.) in every major promotion of the 90s will mean a lot more if the reader is familiar with these characters prior to picking up the book. In other words, it's extremely fascinating to read about the backs ...more
Apr 22, 2015 G rated it liked it
While I quite enjoyed Have a Nice Day at the beginning, I found it started to drag by the mid point. In part I think this was down to an increasing bitterness in Foley towards certain people and a seeming inability to admit when he may have been wrong. However, with memories of wrestling from my childhood, I found it fascinating to read about what goes on behind the scenes and the tremendous difficulty in becoming a top WWF star.

Unfortunately, the frequent typos reveal the rushed nature of the b
Dec 06, 2011 Jenni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: J.R.
This is definitely not the sort of book that I just pick up. It was given to me by someone and recommended strongly. I actually really enjoyed it and got into the stories of Mick Foley's life and climb to the top. Mick has a great way of telling his stories. It really feels like you are sitting there listening to him recant this whole book in a late night conversation. I think that's what made it so compelling for, as someone who has not seen a pro wrestling match in my memory. I didn't recogniz ...more
Kyle Levesque
Aug 29, 2016 Kyle Levesque rated it really liked it
A very good insight into how crazy professional wrestling really is.

Best Parts: Foley talking the real deal about the great names in the 'biz', including the truth about Vince Macmahon!

Worst Parts: Foley talking about brain damage and about how he needs to stop getting metal chair shots to the head... and then he later lets Steve Austin handcuff him and hit him in the head with a chair about 10 times.
Aug 13, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mick Foley is far smarter than you'd expect for a guy who's known for taking beatings. Wrestlers must tell stories by their actions in the ring, but he can actually maintain my interest in book form, and for the whole book. He's had a lot of interesting experiences, and he has a great imagination. I"m looking forward to reading his novels.
Jul 05, 2013 Justin rated it did not like it
too many chair shots!!! bad book, bad writer!!!
Leo H
Apr 14, 2013 Leo H rated it really liked it
A fascinating study of the real/fake, painful/for sissies, sport/performance that is professional wrestling, written by a man who has quite literally been there, done that and got his own range of branded t-shirts. Quite surprising is the fact that this was written without a ghostwriter, very surprising is the fact that at the time of writing the book Foley didn't know how to use a computer, so all of the 700-odd pages were hand-written, longhand, onto pads of notepaper. The astonishing thing is ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Soho_Black rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, used-to-own
I’ve long been an avid reader, devouring books at a speed that has surprised friends and amazed colleagues in the past. But, no matter what I was reading, I was always able to put a book down at any point and come back to it later. I simply couldn’t understand what people meant when they call a book “unputdownable” as I’d never found my self in that situation.

That was until I discovered “Have a Nice Day”, the autobiography of the wrestler Mankind. I’d had it on order for some time, and the books
Jan 09, 2017 Míriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4stars, read-in-2017
- PT -
Não recomendado para todas as idades, visto que Foley descreve alguns dos momentos mais horrendos de sua carreira. Com muito humor, mas também muita seriedade, Mick Foley transporta - nos para o seu mundo: um mundo de meias sujas e sangue.

- EN -
Not suitable for all ages, as Foley describes some of the most gruesome moments of his career. With a lot of humor and also a lot of seriousness, Mick Foley brings us to his world: a world of dirty socks and blood.
Jan 08, 2017 Andrew rated it it was amazing
This is a book EVERY wrestling fan needs to read. Mick describes his time on the Indy scene and the major promotions - while breaking kayfabe but keeping storylines and characters in tact. Mick is an amazing storyteller and the stories you hear about his time in the ring is truly amazing.
Mrs. Basient
Nov 30, 2016 Mrs. Basient rated it it was amazing
Noah This story is about Mick Foley's life from a high school student to a Hall of Fame WWE wrestler. During his carrier he has been 3 different "Charters". He worked hard and finally reached his goal.
John Kube
Nov 10, 2016 John Kube rated it liked it
Interesting read about Mick's struggle to become and stay a pro wrestler.
Oct 15, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and very well written book about one of the most beloved wrestlers of all time.
M. Milner
Sep 10, 2016 M. Milner rated it really liked it
A wild read about a wild career, Mick Foley's first memoir (he's since written two others) is an entertaining, lucid look at the crazy world of professional wrestling.

Starting with his college years as an aspiring wrestler and filmmaker, Foley takes readers through a long, strange career: he started by jumping off of roofs, driving for hours and sleeping in the back of his car and within a few years was working in the myriad web of independent wrestling promotions and leagues. Some of these form
Michael Tildsley
Aug 29, 2016 Michael Tildsley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
You wouldn't expect a book written by a pro wrestler to be very good. To be honest, you wouldn't expect a book by a pro wrestler to be anything other than ghost-written. Mick Foley wrote this book, and you can read his soul in every sentence it contains. And, what's more, he's good!

I inherited a love of pro wrestling from my family members. I was sort of born into liking wrestling. I don't enjoy the product they put out today, but I was a big fan from about 1990-2000. The Monday Night Wars and t
Dec 18, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
I can't believe I have the opportunity to do this review, right here on Goodreads! (Cheap pop)

I've been a fan of wrestling (something not so cool past the 90's anymore) since the age of 5 in 1996 when I began watching WWF (it's still WWF to me). I was not much of a fan of WCW however, but I did watch WWF on a weekly basis and every PPV. So I started watching when Mick Foley, or Mankind, or Dude Love, or Cactus Jack, emerged on the WWF scene and quickly made a name for him with some of the most b
Shane Amazon
Sep 27, 2013 Shane Amazon rated it really liked it
By the time Mick Foley hit the wrestling scene I was wrapping up my obsession with the sports entertainment programming. However, Mick's match against the Undertaker in Hell In The Cell still flashes into my memory every once and awhile. So, when I had found that Mick had wrote a New York Times bestselling book about his life up to that moment, I'd figured I'd give it a read.

Starting in his high school years, Mick Foley describes his budding love with the sport and the men who wrestled in it. Be
Sonia Focke
May 08, 2016 Sonia Focke rated it liked it
My husband is the wrestling fan, though I watch a bit now and then. I have never seen a Mick Foley match but my husband gushes about him, so when he bought this book I was curious and decided to read it (that, and I needed new material for my book fix.)
Mick Foley writes in a very entertaining manner and you can tell he enjoyed writing this book. I learned a lot about the world of wrestling before WWE swallowed everything up, and learned more than I ever wanted to know about Japanese Death Matche
Paul Pessolano
Jan 24, 2015 Paul Pessolano rated it it was amazing
“Mankind, Have A Nice Day” by Mick Foley, published by Regan Books.

Category – Sports/Wrestling Publication Date – October 29, 2000

This has to rank as one of the most unbelievable books and one of the most interesting books I have ever read.

Mick Foley, aka Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind, is a Professional Wrestler. First, let’s get something straight, I am not a fan of Professional Wrestling; in fact, before I read this book I could not name 5 Professional Wrestlers if my life depended on it
Mike Steven
There's a good 250 to 300 page book in here somewhere, however, it is overly long, repetitive and Foley's attempts at humour miss the mark as often as they hit.

Mick Foley is an interesting character - he decided to make up for his lack of finesse, physical prowess and good looks by being a guy who would do what other wrestlers would not do. He's been hit with barbed wire, burnt, thrown onto drawing pins, jumped off the top of a house... the list goes on. As a result he's also picked up some horr
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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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