Synopses & Reviews
In a class by itself. A serious history of one of this countrys goofiest pastimes...one senses that [Leen has] left no stone unturned in researching Burkes story.”The Washington Post
An all-American story of a woman who rises above her downtrodden circumstances to make something of herself.”Barry Gewen, The New York Times
You wont be disappointed
Leen has [Burkes] story pinned to the mat.”USA Today
Leen can deliver gripping scenes
a rewarding read, an untold tale that completely deserves the telling.” St. Petersburg Times
Jeff Leen has made a fabulous contribution to the sports-history canon. The Queen of the Ring is a marvelous evocation of an era, and a riveting portrait of a one-of-a-kind American moll.” Sally Jenkins, author of The Real All-Americans
At only five foot two, Mildred Burke was an unlikely candidate for the ring. A waitress barely scraping by on Depression-era tips, she wanted more, and she saw her chance when she witnessed her first wrestling match. Even against all odds, she knew that she could become a female wrestler. What followed was a gritty, glittering testament to the golden age of wrestling, when beauty and brawn captivated the world.
At only five feet two, Mildred Burke had been an unlikely candidate for the ring, but she had known she could become a female wrestler. What follows is a gritty, glittering testament to the golden age of wrestling, when beauty and brawn captivate the world.
About the Author
Jeffrey Leen is the assistant managing editor for the Washington Posts investigations unit, where his work has helped win six Pulitzer Prizes. Also the author of KINGS OF COCAINE, the first book-length investigation of Columbias Medellin cartel, he lives in Maryland.