The Squared Circle

The Squared Circle

Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling

Book - 2013
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Presents a breakthrough examination of professional wrestling and its cultural relevance that traces its evolution throughout the past century while offering insight into the intellect and sense of irony shared by athletes and fans.
Publisher: New York, New York : Gotham Books, [2013]
ISBN: 9781592407675
Branch Call Number: 796.812 SHOEMAKER
Characteristics: 390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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JCLIanH May 29, 2018

David Shoemaker's The Squared Circle provides an insightful look at the history of professional wrestling told through the lens of wrestlers who payed the ultimate price for the business. One need not be a WWE fanatic to appreciate this microhistory of a distinctly American art form.

Jun 25, 2016

This book does have a history of the development of pro wrestling from its early days until the present, including the very nasty turf wars as some regional promotions attempted to go national and the "Monday Night War" of the late 1990s. But it's mostly about wrestlers who shaped the sport - and all died, mostly from drugs but some from natural causes.

Jun 04, 2016

A good book on pro wrestling but depending how long you've been a fan there may not be anything necessarily new that you'll learn here. At times I was wondering if the author even liked the subjects of his content as his tone for the most part seemed quite sarcastic to me. He does, to an extent, remedy any thought of this being real at the very end of the book by his closing words. Maybe it's just sad recollections on some sad ends to some interesting human beings?


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