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The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestlingby David Shoemaker
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A breakthrough examination of the professional wrestling, its history, its fans, and its wider cultural impact
The Squared Circleand#160;grows out of David Shoemakerand#8217;s writing for Deadspin, where he started the column and#147;Dead Wrestler of the Weekand#8221; (which boasts more than 1 million page views)and#151;a feature on the many wrestling superstars who died too young because of the abuse they subject their bodies toand#151;and his writing for Grantland, where he covers the pro wrestling world, and its place in the pop culture mainstream. Shoemakerand#8217;s sportswriting has since struck a nerve with generations of wrestling fans whoand#151;like himand#151;grew up worshipping a sport often derided as and#147;fakeand#8221; 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,and#160;The Squared Circleand#160;is the first book to acknowledge both the sportand#8217;s broader significance and wrestling fansand#8217; keen intellect and sense of irony. Divided into eras, each section offers a snapshot of the wrestling world, profiles some of the periodand#8217;s preeminent wrestlers, and the sportand#8217;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 reminiscenceand#151;but also offering a compelling look at the sportand#8217;s rightful place in pop cultureand#151;The Squared Circleand#160;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.
About the Author
David Shoemaker has been writing about wrestling since 2009. He is a former book editor and is currently a book designer at Henry Holt and Company. Shoemaker lives in Brooklyn.
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