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    The Squared Circle: Life, Death and Professional Wrestling (Hardback) By (author) Associate Professor Department of Philosophy and Murphy Institute David Shoemaker

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    DescriptionGrantland 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.


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    Title
    The Squared Circle
    Subtitle
    Life, Death and Professional Wrestling
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Associate Professor Department of Philosophy and Murphy Institute David Shoemaker
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 390
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781592407675
    ISBN 10: 1592407676
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SPO
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 760
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.9
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-SR
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    DC21: 796.812
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: WSTC
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    BISAC V2.8: SPO019000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14410
    B&T Approval Code: A31225000
    DC22: 796.812
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A09303044
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SPO053000
    BIC subject category V2: WSBX
    LC classification: GV1195 .S46 2013
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    GOTHAM BOOKS
    Publication date
    13 January 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.