Foley Is Good

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Foley is Good: And the Real World Is Faker than Wrestling
Author Mick Foley
Country United States
Language English
Genre Autobiography
Publisher ReganBooks
Publication date
2001
Pages 481 pages
ISBN 0-06-039300-9
OCLC 46472055
796.8/12/092 B 21
LC Class GV1196.F64 A32 2001
Preceded by Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks
Followed by The Hardcore Diaries

Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker than Wrestling is the second autobiography (2001) of wrestler Mick Foley, formerly of WWE and TNA.[1] It details his career from January 1999 until his retirement in April 2000 at WrestleMania 2000. Foley originally professed to prefer this book to his first book, Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks but has since confessed that perhaps the first is the better book.

History[edit]

The title is a spoof of the many "Foley is God" signs that appear at WWE shows whenever Foley appears or is rumored to appear. Foley explained that he is uncomfortable being compared to God, and would rather fans simply say he is "good". In the late 1990s the WWF came out with t-shirts for Foley that said "Foley is God", but later changed the shirt to say "Foley is Good" due to accusations of blasphemy.

As in his first book, Foley wrote this one without the aid of a ghostwriter.[2]

Plot[edit]

The book covers the last years of Mick Foley's in-ring wrestling career up until the birth of his second son, Michael Francis Foley, Jr., which he mentions in the book's epilogue.[1] It has a more celebratory tone than his first book, as he is writing about the time of his career where he has already achieved success.[1] The book alternated between in-ring wrestling activities and Foley's life away from the ring.[1] In the book, he also describes his obsessions, such as theme parks and Christmas.[2]

He also writes about his experience writing his first book without the aid of a ghostwriter.[1] He defends himself against being misquoted by news program 20/20,[1] and explains the events surrounding his "I Quit" match with The Rock at the Royal Rumble in January 1999, which can also be seen in the documentary Beyond the Mat.[1][2]

The book also heavily defends the World Wrestling Federation against accusations of being violent. Foley made an effort to pointedly refute claims made by detractors, citing statistical data and other evidence he compiled himself.[1] He criticizes the actions of the Parents Television Council.[2]

Promotion[edit]

To promote the book, Foley appeared on The Howard Stern Show and did a ten-city book signing tour.[3]

After three press runs, the book had approximately 230,000 copies in print.[3] In May 2001, the book was the number one nonfiction book on the New York Times bestseller list.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Vinnie Bartilucci (May 10, 2001). "Another great book from Mick Foley". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Smith, Dinita (May 22, 2001). "A Wrestler Who Prefers the Pen to the Pin". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  3. ^ a b Publishers Weekly (January 1, 2001). "GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 

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