Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hot Shots and High Spots: George Napolitano's Amazing Pictorial History of Wrestling's Greatest Stars Book Review

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Hot Shots and High Spots: George Napolitano's Amazing Pictorial History of Wrestling's Greatest Stars Book Review
About the Book: Bringing the best of professional wrestling into focus, from the glare of the spotlights to rare, behind-the-scenes candid photos, George Napolitano has created the most far-reaching and beautiful visual history of its kind. For five decades he has been ringside, documenting wrestling’s biggest main events, photographing its most famous—and infamous—stars. His images have captured the blood, sweat, and tears spilled in the squared circle. In the process, they have become as iconic as the men and women in them. Covering those who have made professional wrestling one of America’s great passions and pastimes—Bruno Sammartino and Classy Freddie Blassie, Gorilla Monsoon battling Muhammad Ali, Andre the Giant and Mil Mascaras thrilling crowds all over North America, and Cyndi Lauper and Captain Lou Albano bringing wrestling to MTV—this chronicle shows it all. For the fans of the nWo or ECW’s hardcore revolution, those who love the attitudes of DX, The Rock, and Stone Cold Steve Austin, and those who still tune in every Monday night for Cena, Triple H, and Orton, this compilation is the ultimate pictorial of the glories and humiliations of the wrestling world.
Our Take:  Sigh..I love wrestling.  I won't admit that to most people, but hey why not put it out there on the net, right?  I grew up in the era of Hulkamania, so  I'm definately addicted to the older-era of the sport.  I really got back into it in the late 1990s, with the WCW/NWO era. 

The author/photographer George Napolitano chronicles his life as a wrestling fanboy.  He has captured some of the most amazing talents in the business.  This book serves as a photo album that chronicles his life meeting some of the most amazing personalities out there.  From the classics like Hogan and Andre to the Bushwackers and Sting.   This is a really fun book to look through for any fan and a great chronicle of the history of the biz.

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