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Used Book in Good Condition.
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Grantland and Deadspin correspondent presents a breakthrough
examination of the professional wrestling, its history, its fans,
and its wider cultural impact that does for the sport what Chuck
Klosterman did for heavy metal.
The Squared Circle grows out of David Shoemaker’s writing for
Deadspin, where he started the column “Dead Wrestler of the Week”
(which boasts over 1 million page views) -- a feature on the many
wrestling superstars who died too young because of the abuse they
subject their bodies to -- and his writing for Grantland, where
he covers the pro wrestling world, and its place in the pop
culture mainstream. Shoemaker’s sportswriting has since struck a
nerve with generations of wrestling fans who—like him—grew up
worshipping a sport often derided as “fake” in the wider culture.
To them, these professional wrestling superstars are not just
heroes but an emotional outlet and the lens through which they
learned to see the world.
Starting in the early 1900s and exploring the path of pro
wrestling in America through the present day, The Squared Circle
is the first book to acknowledge both the sport’s broader
significance and wrestling fans’ keen intellect and sense of
irony. Divided into eras, each section offers a snapshot of the
wrestling world, profiles some of the period’s preeminent
wrestlers, and the sport’s influence on our broader culture.
Through the brawling, bombast, and bloodletting, Shoemaker argues
that pro wrestling can teach us about the nature of performance,
audience, and, yes, art.
Full of unknown history, humor, and self-deprecating
reminiscence—but also offering a compelling look at the sport’s
rightful place in pop culture—The Squared Circle is the book that
legions of wrestling fans have been waiting for. In it, Shoemaker
teaches us to look past the spandex and body slams to see an art
form that can explain the world.