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Blood and Fire

The Unbelievable Real-Life Story of Wrestling's Original Sheik

April 12, 2022 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9781770415805
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Description

The captivating story of how The Sheik captured the imagination of a generation, conquered the wrestling business, and lost it all in a blaze of flame and glory He was the most vicious, bloodthirsty, reviled villain in the history of the ring. During the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, he drew record crowds everywhere he went and left a trail of burned and bloody opponents in his wake. He was The Sheik: the mysterious and terrifying madman from Syria whose wanton destruction and mayhem are the stuff of wrestling legend. But what those legions of fans screaming for his head never knew was that The Sheik was really Eddie Farhat. From Lansing, Michigan, and the son of Arab immigrants, Farhat served his country proudly in World War II and was fulfilling the American dream through hard work and tireless dedication to his craft. And when he wasn't screaming unintelligibly and attacking his enemies with sharp objects, he was busy being the owner and operator of World Wide Sports, one of the most successful wrestling companies in North America. This is Blood and Fire: The Unbelievable Real-Life Story of Wrestling's Original Sheik.

About this Author

Brian R. Solomon is an educator and the author of several books on sports and entertainment. He is a regular contributor to Pro Wrestling Illustrated and Inside the Ropes, and the co-host of the PWI Podcast. For seven years, he was an editor for WWE. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and son.

ISBN: 9781770415805
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 408
Publisher: ECW Press
Published: 2022-04-12

Reviews

"Replete with eye-catching photos and meticulously researched, the narrative is as keen and captivating as its subject. This is a must-read for wrestling fans." -- Publishers Weekly starred review

"This book is truly a must-read for wrestling fans, a great tribute to one of the most hated heels in wrestling history." -- Shelf Life

"I have never learned more about any pro wrestler from any single book than I did from the tour de force that is Blood and Fire. The veil of secrecy the Sheik shrouded his life and career in has been lifted by Brian Solomon's painstaking research. A book on pro wrestling's most mysterious figure has never been attempted; now that one has finally been written, it can be followed. Like its subject, this book is one of a kind. Wrestling fans should read it twice." -- Jim Cornette, Wrestling Personality and creator and host of the Jim Cornette Experience Podcast

"It's hard to think of many wrestling fans who wouldn't find something of interest here, but for anyone with an affection for the territorial era or character work, it's a must." -- Pro Wrestling Books

"For its unprecedented coverage and gripping storytelling, 'Blood and Fire: The Unbelievable Real-Life Story of Wrestling's Original Sheik' is the best biography of a pro wrestler." -- The Wrestling Estate

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