I'm a self-named connoisseur of professional wrestling books. I've read so many that I think I can judge what is good and which ones you should avoid.
Gary Hart's My Life In Wrestling...With A Little Help From My Friends is one of, if not, the best.
I spent the past few days absorbed in it. I know there is that often used cliche about not being able to put a book down but I can vouch this was probably the first wrestling book I had to pull myself away from when other things needed to be done.
Gary Hart passed away last year so he didn't get to see this book hit the publishers. It's a shame really because this is a masterpiece and should be on any one's pro wrestling booklist.
Hart details his entire career. And what a career it was.
I learnt more about the territory days of wrestling in over four hundred and forty pages than I have in over twenty years as a fan.
Gary Hart was one of the last old school managers in the business.
When I say 'old school' I mean it. He actually did manage his talent. He got them booked in venues, travelled the world with them and acted as their spokesperson in front of the camera.
Nowadays, the managers are a dying breed and they never have the responsibilities that Hart took during his time in the business.
Hart's main claim to fame was booking the Texas area during the period where the Von Erich family were local heroes. He was responsible for putting the angles and storylines together at that hot era in wrestling.
I cannot endorse this book enough. It's a great memoir of one of the smartest minds to have ever entered the wrestling world.