Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Re-Post: Book Review Positively Page: The Diamond Dallas Page Journey

Re-Posted from my original blog as I am removing all wrestling references off of it making it a family blog.


By: “Diamond” Dallas Page with Larry Genta
Page Count:      443
Publisher:          Positive Publishing
Release Date:   February 1, 2000
ISBN:              0967992206

This book is written in three narratives; Diamond Dallas Page, the co-author Larry Genta, and numerous family and friends sharing their comments and thoughts on Page.

It starts out with Pages life growing up, getting into the night club business, transitioning into a manager with the AWA, to a manger in WCW, and finally to a wrestler in WCW.

Through-out the book it is mentioned several time by both Page and other how great of a self promoter he is.  And that is exactly what this book is, 443 pages of Page and others telling us how great Page is. 

If you are a wrestling fan and are reading the book for the purposes of learning some stories of behind the scenes of his time in the AWA or WCW, this is not the book for your.  Although he tells a few in depth stories, he mostly glosses over everything involving wrestling storylines or backstage gossip.  He does go into great detail about training at the WCW Power Plant and being on the tonight show and back stories of non-wrestling related ventures. 

For the most part though, it’s Page putting himself over.  The book was even self-published to avoid editors and so he could maintain control of the content.  Which is evident when he would tell a story, then someone else would tell the same story using different words and then he would re-cap the story again!  You just spent four pages reading the same story 3 times in 3 different ways. 

I had started reading this back when I first bought it in 2000 and couldn’t get through it because it was so boring.  I recently decided to give it another chance and had to force myself to finish reading it. 

If I could make a couple bucks off it I would sell it, but Amazon has it used for 36 cents, so I am probably better off throwing it away. 

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2 comments:

  1. I love DDP. Like, I’m a huge DDP mark, but you hit the nail right on the head with this review. I’m not really sure who this book was written for because it obviously wasn’t for the fans. I found a signed copy at Goodwill and thought I hit the jackpot, but once I powered through all 443 pages I was ready to return it back to Goodwill. If DDP truly was dyslexic than it was an achievement to get down what he did, but man did the book lack substance.

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  2. At least yours is signed. Dusty Rhodes is another I had a hard time getting through.

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