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Throughout the years, there may have been equally charismatic performers, comparable athletes, and even better interviews, but none were blessed with the same combination of talents to manage to stay on top for over three decades.

To wrestling fans, the Nature Boy is a platinum-blond deity, a sixteen-time world champion who accurately boasted that he could have a five-star match with a broom. No matter how limited the opponent, Flair had the skill and determination to bounce all over the mat, transforming his rival into a star. When the camera light went on, "Slick Ric" could convince viewers that, if they missed an upcoming match, a momentous life experience would pass them by. Flair's opponents were challenged with this simple taunt: "To be the man, you have to beat the man."

Away from the arena, Richard Morgan Fliehr spent years struggling with his own concept of what it meant to be a man. He suffered periods of crushing self-doubt, marital strife and—in a profession where there was room for only one Ric Flair—broken friendships.

Ric Flair: To Be the Man, cowritten with Keith Elliot Greenberg, chronicles the anguish and exhilaration of Flair's life and career—in painfully honest detail. In addition to his own words, Flair's story is enriched by anecdotes from ring greats like Superstar Billy Graham, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Harley Race, Sgt. Slaughter, David Crockett, Arn Anderson, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, "Mean" Gene Okerlund, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.

To Be the Man traces the rise of one of wrestling's most enduring superstars to the pinnacle of the sports entertainment universe, and is a must-read for every wrestling fan.

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Ric Flair: To Be the Man
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3.5 / 5
Ric's book is great
January 30th, 2014
I could review about all my fave parts from his WWF run where he took the NWA/WCW World title with him, I could review his experience in the dying days of WCW, or even his attack on Eric Bischoff as Arn stood guard. But instead, I'll just say that his insight and experience during the years where he broke into the biz and earned his reputation as one of the greatest of all time was the real treat. It's amazing how different the wrestling world was back then. I mean that's not an astounding revelation to say wrestling is different now. But Flair's view from the driver seat during the classic years of wrestling as the top name is something you just can't get anywhere else. The fact that this book is a few years older than some other wrestling books should not deter you from buying it. The final chapters build to a rewarding peak. Read it.
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