I'm on chapter 5, and this book is fantastic! Hornbaker's end notes for each chapter are so in depth, I'm digging into them as well. Plus, I've found multiple Legends of Wrestling booking ideas for Buddy Rogers. I keep my phone next to me while I read and make notes in Google Drive when I find something.
I cannot recommend this book enough.
It really is phenomenal. Incredible research, his best narrative yet, and great stories. He tweeted about Steve Yohe's Ed "Strangler" Lewis book the other day and I promptly picked that one up as well.
Yohe’s book is really good too. I think you’ll enjoy it.
I am currently through the first couple of chapters (on page 36.) It will probably take me some time to finish as my reading time is mostly limited to just a number of pages per night before I go to sleep. But so far I have learned alot. I am at the point where Buddy Rogers- back then wrestling as the name Herman (Dutch) Rohde while living in Camden, New Jersey- has just started his professional career during World War II after received some training and encouragement from Fred Grobmier who was trained by Farmer Burns.
Maybe this will be discussed later in the book, but did Dusty Rhodes get his name from Buddy Rogers's original wrestling name of Dutch Rohde? Or are their two names just extremely coincidentally similar?