The Queen of the Ring
Sex, Muscles, Diamonds, and the Making of an American Legend
By Jeff Leen
Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802118820, 272pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2009
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At only five foot two, Mildred Burke was an unlikely candidate for the ring. A waitress barely scraping by on Depression-era tips, she wanted more, and she saw her chance when she witnessed her first wrestling match. Even against all odds, she knew that she could become a female wrestler. What followed was a gritty, glittering testament to the golden age of wrestling, when beauty and brawn captivated the world.
In a class by itself. A serious history of one of this country’s goofiest pastimes...one senses that [Leen has] left no stone unturned in researching Burke’s story.”The Washington Post
An all-American story of a woman who rises above her downtrodden circumstances to make something of herself.”Barry Gewen, The New York Times
You won’t be disappointed Leen has [Burke’s] story pinned to the mat.”USA Today
Leen can deliver gripping scenes a rewarding read, an untold tale that completely deserves the telling.” St. Petersburg Times
Jeff Leen has made a fabulous contribution to the sports-history canon. The Queen of the Ring is a marvelous evocation of an era, and a riveting portrait of a one-of-a-kind American moll.” Sally Jenkins, author of The Real All-Americans