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Sisterhood of the Squared Circle: The History and Rise of Women's Wrestling

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  28 reviews
From side show to main-eventing in the WWE, documenting the rise of women’s wrestling

Sisterhood of the Squared Circle presents the fascinating history of women’s wrestling, from the carnival circuit of the late 1800s to today’s hugely popular matches. With more than 100 wrestler profiles, find out how the backstage politics, real-life grudges, and incredible personalities
Paperback, 423 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by ECW Press
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Aaron Mcquiston
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Sisterhood of the Squared Circle" is a book that I looked forward to reading because I love books about the history of sports, particularly wrestling. This encyclopedic take on the way that women have influenced wrestling since the beginning, starting in carnivals and surviving to become main events at pay per view matches, shows the longevity and need of females in wrestling. I enjoyed the first half of the book the most because it focuses on those legends that made the Diva era and the curren ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really enjoyable read.
Most of it focuses on America but it does dedicate parts to Japan, Mexico, the UK and the rest of the world.
Interesting stories and not just because I wasn't aware of how very mean Moolah was, although that was a revelation to me.
Worth a read for any fans of the lady graps.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
As an encyclopedic resource, this is a very solid book. It is not perfect, as other reviewers have pointed out. There is a lot of assumed information or information out of order. There's also a good amount of overlap that could use some additional editing. Readers would have benefited from an introductory chapter outlining a history of women's wrestling (and the all-female federations and promoters) before going into biography. At times I found myself putting the book down to google someone who ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I'll be honest, I was quite disappointed in this book. I had really high hopes, having often heard Pat Lapse on the Wrestling Observer Radio show.

It's not that this is a bad book, far from it. It's just that it only scratches the surface of what it could have been. Essentially, this is a short encyclopadeia of the key players in the history of women's wrestling. It follows the simple format of short biography followed by a photo of the lady in question. It was interesting, but it just didn't ha
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Received an ARC via NetGalley

This is a very detailed history of women wrestlers. The book is organized in a chronological fashion and begins in the late 1800s with women who wrestled in sideshows and circuses. Each woman has her own section and it has a little bit of information on her personal life, but mainly focuses on her wrestling career. It lists promoters, opponents, and wrestling organizations of each era. I buy for the wrestling section for a public library and would need to wait and se
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first (to my knowledge) book to take a stab at detailing the history of women's wrestling in America (as well as highlighting the history in Japan as well as looking at Mexico, Australia and the United Kingdom), LaPrade and Murphy knocked it out of the park. They do an amazing job of telling how women's wrestling came to be, the major stars that helped it's rise, the dry spells throughout as well as the combination of factors that forced WWE to change it's own women's division. They make sur ...more
Jeff Raymond
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a wrestling fan, the rising prominence of women's wrestling has been a welcome occurance, and this book lands at nearly the perfect time. A history of women's wrestling, mostly United States-based, this attempts to be as clear and direct about the personalities as possible.

The pros are how comprehensive the stories are about the important players, including people on the independent scene. The major con, however, is that the book is less about "the history and rise" of wrestling, but instead
Lance Lumley
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This book covers history of women's wrestling from it's early beginnings up to Ronda Rousey's first year. The book is basic mini biographies of the females in each era of wrestling. The best parts are the pioneer women from the 50s and 60s. Fans of the Viceland documentaries "The Dark Side of The Ring" would want to read this for the Moolah sections. There are current women that are missing, with covering only Flair, Sasha Banks and Paige (no Alexa Bliss mentions).
Overall it is a nice read and
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Although I learnt a lot about the horrors of women’s wrestling pre 1960 this book is more a a-z Of big name wrestlers from the last few decades. Some big names are missing but it just really is a summary of some big name women’s wrestlers and a few paragraphs on who they are and how they started.

Honestly there is very little here for wrestling fans as they should know most of this and if you have no interested in wrestling then you have none in this book.
Kelly Crandall
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this so much. There is so much information in here about not only the history of women's wrestling but those who were involved in the evolution of it. I was completely blown away learning about the background of the Fabulous Moolah, having seen her turn up in WWE when I was a kid. Won't spoil anything here, but wow. Didn't expect that.
Daniel Stern
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
was completely enthralled by this book from the moment I opened it. Absolutely loved reading the individual stories of so many female wrestlers from both the past and present. Got a little bored the closer the stories/profiles got to modern day (mostly because I already knew a lot of those histories) but still enjoyed finding out some smaller details.
Shane Longoria
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Really great from a historical standpoint, but I wish the writing was a little more interesting. Still, women were responsible for innovations that we see in pro wrestling today, so maybe give them their goddamn due. Girls rock!
Jim Rugg
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great reference book. I'm very happy that it exists. I expect to return to it again and again for its historical information. It also makes me want to learn more about several of the women, stories, and organizations that the book covers. Very thorough.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Wasn't what I expected - mostly short bios of female wrestlers but nonetheless interesting and well organized.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely incredible. I hope for an updated version in a few years that includes more of the women of NXT, WWE, SHIMMER, etc.
Evan Kirby
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The encyclopedic nature of it makes it easy to read on one hand, but a bit monotonous on the other.
Shelly Koleva
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting overview of the women's wrestling history... It's really interesting reading!
A fascinating book that gives backgrounds to women wrestlers of the past and present!
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! So much history and interesting stories about women wrestlers over the years as well as current wrestlers from different promotions. The pages (including photos) are in black and white but there is a small section in the middle of the book with really nice photographs in color that I loved.
Robert W. Meyerholtz
An abridged history of professional women's wrestling

Easily the best reference book on the history of professional women's wrestling from the early carnival days to the present as of 2017. There are many great biographies and autobiographies out there with both fans and detractors based on the wrestlers themselves and their fans. Pat Laprade, who is a leading authority on pro wrestling with a special fondness for women wrestlers, gives an unbiased view on the individual women themselves. As well
Scarlett Harris
A pretty basic and biased history of women's wrestling for someone just getting into it rather than the seasoned fan who'll pick up inconsistencies, inaccuracies and biases towards WWE and The Fabulous Moolah. It's pretty poorly written, or at least has no chutzpah to it, and at times I wondered how much the author actually knew about the topic. It's also interesting to note that a book about women's wrestling is written by two men *shrug emoji*
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great book for people who like wrestling. Even if you just started watching wrestling and want to know more about the females, I strongly recommend this. It gives a great look at all of the history of women's wrestling to where they were treated terribly in sports entertainment, and then to where women became the main event and stole the show.
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
“Sisterhood of the Squared Circle” is an interesting and an informative read, but it also reads as an encyclopedia of women’s wrestling.

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