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

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This Book is Not for the Squeamish

No. This is the autobiography of the Hardcore Legend, Mick Foley. Some wrestling fans claim that "Foley is God." You're about to find out why.

Mick Foley is a nice man. A family man. He loves his son, Dewey, his daughter, Noelle, and his beautiful wife, Colette. He loves amusement parks, eating ice cream in bed, and watching Nickelodeon.

Hardcover, 511 pages
Published October 20th 1999 by HarperEntertainment (first published 1999)
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Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Lynn Harrison
Let's get this out of the way 1st-- I LOVE WWE + wrasslin'. From the age of 6, when I watched my 1st WWE match featuring 'Macho Man' Randy Savage, I was (and still am) hooked. Hell, I just spent hundreds of dollars this Nov, 2016, to attend Survivor Series in Toronto. I even had to FLY there, yet it was still the closest PPV to come to Canada in years, so I HAD to be there. So, this is to let you know that I would be inclined to like this book regardless of how 'good' it actually is....BUT, as a ...more
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Asghar Abbas
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.

MacDara Conroy
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"I can't believe I lost my fucking ear; bang bang!" This should be a mandatory purchase for every serious wrestling fan.
C.T. Phipps
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ashley Hill
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Congratulations, you found it! Here is the book that started it all. Written in 1999, the "Hardcore Legend" Mick Foley holds nothing back in this ground-breaking tale, one suitably based on its title's namesake of "blood and sweatsocks." "Have a Nice Day" means to the world of professional wrestling what the equally controversial though eye-opening autobiography "Ball Four" meant to the culture and aura of baseball in the 1970s. Both works shattered the notion that each sport was not nearly as g ...more
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
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, Mick Foley's autobiography was an education in pro-wrestling. As I picked up this book a few weeks ago, I hadn't watched WWE for more than 10 years. Recently, I stumbled upon a YouTube channel called 'WhatCulture Wrestling' and started binge-watching their videos. It made me nostalgic about all those times when I used to look forward to watching the Rock, Stone Cold, Undertaker, Kane and others. But more disturbingly, I found out that several wrestlers whom I used to enjoy watching had p ...more
Jared Waller
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 04, 2012 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.
Jun 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
too many chair shots!!! bad book, bad writer!!!
Leo H
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you just met me this month (which, by virtue of starting a new grad program, many people have), I'd be the biggest wrestling fan you know. I go to live tapings of Monday Night Raw, I watch multi-hour Pay-Per-View events, and the only book I carry was written by Mick Foley. It's even autographed.

I'm ok with your understanding of me, because wrestling ("sports entertainment") is amazing. And, in particular, Mick Foley is a terrific wrestler ("SuperStar") and a delightful writer ("author").

Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer : This is a very late review. I had finished this book months ago.

I've been wanting to read this book for the longest time. Ever since Mick began promoting it during the Attitude Era, I knew that I had to have it. Unfortunately back then I was just a 10 yr old and Amazon and the likes didn't exist in India. But Finally i got a hold of it last year.

Mick Foley is possibly the nicest guy in the wrestling business and as Jim Cornette once said, too nice to be in this business. But by go
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I can't stand wrestling. I read this book in an effort to read a book that my husband has enjoyed. I thought that maybe it would give me some insight into how the brain of a wrestler works. It took me a year to read it because it's ridiculously long, and while I could only read it in short bursts before needing to switch to something else, I found it fascinating. That's not to say I want to watch any of Mick Foley's matches, I don't think I could stomach them. If you're not a wrestling fan, it c ...more
Greg M
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mick Foley tells an extremely engaging tale of his various exploits while on his career path of being a professional wrestler. Mick regales the readers with stories regarding his early life, his beginnings, his experiences in various promotions, and becoming world champion. Though the book is 500+ pages long, the way the story is told makes it flow very well. Mrs. Foley's baby boy is a helluva story teller, and this is a must read for wrestling fans and non-fans alike.
Jim J
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mick Foley truly wrote this book which is not always the case with autobiographies. In my opinion he did a great job. Mr. Foley deftly weaves humor throughout his descriptions of the side of professional wrestling that us fans are rarely privy to. The reader cannot help but marvel as to how he saw his career advance from wrestling in front of a few fans in gymnasiums to holding the WWE championship belt.
Chris Doelle
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love anything Mick Foley write. No, it is not War and Peace. No, it will not change your life. It will however, entertain. Read my full review --->
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect much, but I could not put this book down. Maybe I share the same sophomoric sense of humor as the author. I still giggle when I think of the story about the secret of Terry Funk's left hand.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wrestling may be fake but the work, sweat, and blood Mick Foley put into putting on a great show was remarkable. Great book detailing the mans journey.
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Mick Foley is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several memoirs, a WWE Hall of Famer, and the author of numerous books for children. He has appeared on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Late Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Good Morning America, Family Feud, Fox News, and has made several appearances on The Today Show. He was featured ...more
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