A Review by William Murdock
March 7, 2001
As much a winner on the page as he was in the ring, Lou Thesz’ autobiography “Hooker” gives you a front-row ringside seat as he takes you through the bizarre and colorful world of professional wrestling.
Lou’s story unfolds the rich and almost forgotten past of professional wrestling and keeps you entertained as you crawl between the ropes with him as he becomes the youngest world heavyweight champion in history and travels the rings around the world facing opponents like Everett Marshall, Primo Carnera, Antonino Rocca, Buddy Rogers, Bronko Nagurski and Gene Kiniski.
Lou’s personal life will also leave you enthralled as he intertwines his life outside the ring with the battles he faces night after night in the ring. From his beginnings as the son of an immigrant Hungarian shoemaker through his business endeavors and finding the love of his life his wife Charlie, you will have a unique insight not only to the champion he was but to the man that he is.
Former world heavyweight champion Dory Funk Jr. stated recently, “Lou set the standard for us all”. It is easy to see, by reading this book, just why that is so.
You will most certainly agree, by the end of the book, that there will never be another Lou Thesz. Then again there doesn’t have to be
he did it right the first time.