Cheating Death, Stealing Life: The Eddie Guerrero Story (WWE) (英語) ハードカバー – 2005/12/20
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This full and frank story of a charmed life almost wrecked by addiction and redeemed by grit and determination is one that every wrestling fan will want to read.
Michael Krugman is the cowriter -- with Matt and Jeff Hardy -- of the New York Times bestseller The Hardy Boyz: Exist 2 Inspire. Krugman has also worked with Amy Dumas -- better known as Lita -- on her autobiography, Lita: A Less Traveled R.O.A.D. -- The Reality of Amy Dumas. He has also written for a wide variety of national publications and online media outlets, including RollingStone.com. He is the coauthor of Generation Ecch! and author of Oasis: Supersonic Supernova. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Confession Time: I was a big professional wrestling fan for a quarter of a century. Eddie Guerrero was one of my favorites ten of those years and his death was one of the big reasons I quit watching.
One of the early indicators of how much I'll like a pro-wrestling biography is how quickly they make with the wrestling action. This book wasted no time. The wrestling stuff started on page one.
Eddie covered a lot of ground in the early goings, from growing up in a wrestling family and eventually breaking into the business in Mexico. He touches on his partying lifestyle early, which is good since later parts of the book show how much that lifestyle would threaten to destroy his life. In fact, it probably contributed to his early death.
Eddie's story goes from Mexico to Japan, from ECW to WCW, and finally to the WWE and the battles with addiction that eventually got him fired. Unlike in the ring, no punches are pulled. Eddie talks about all the times drugs and alcohol nearly cost him everything, eventually seeing him living in a crappy apartment and wrestling on the independent circuit just to make ends meet. When Eddie finally got his s*** together, his life got back and track and he was called back up to the WWE. It was actually pretty hard-warming for a wrestling book.
Other than my usual gripes about there not being enough interesting road stories, this was a solid book. Cheating Death, Stealing Life, frog-splashed its way into my wrestling book top ten.
I could "hear" Eddie's voice as I read his words describing a complicated and troubled life. The book contains a nice amount of photos; there are black and white pictures spread throughout the book and eight pages of color photos in the center of the book.
I've only known about Eddie from his time in WCW, so it was nice to get a fuller picture starting from the earliest points of his career in Mexico going all the way to his final moments in WWE where he finally won a World Championship.
He never blames anyone for his problems and how it affected himself and others, only himself, and he feels such remorse for his old ways and his desire to change them. He looks with such enthusiasm and hope toward the future, that you cant help but want to cry at it was not to be.
As a person and as a professional wrestler, Ive forever been affected by this book and use it as an inspiration to not allow myself to fall into the same traps that has plagued and claimed far too many lives in this business over the last decade if not further. I am saddened that I will never be able to meet Eddy, but his work in and out of the ring has inspired me as a performer and as a person, and for that I will be forever grateful. Thank you Eddy.