Inside Out by Ole Anderson

September 11, 2019

Not everyone who reads this book is going to like or agree with what it says, but you certainly can’t accuse it of being inauthentic.

A Crowbar Press publication, this is arguably the best example of Scott Teal’s prowess as a ghostwriter. He’s put together a book that’s engaging, focused and flows in a logical order, but still comes across as the genuine voice of Anderson.

It’s 382 pages in print and certainly won’t leave anyone disappointed by a lack of depth. As far as accuracy goes, while there are always limitations in perspective and memory, this is reminiscent of Bob Holly’s book in that reading it you get the impression this is Anderson’s honest belief and opinion and — for better or worse — he’s not varnished over anything for the sake of winning friends or boosting his own image.

Thanks to Anderson’s career this also serves as an excellent insightful guide into both the territorial era as a whole, and the relatively unusual position of “homesteading” in a particular territory (specifically Mid-Atlantic and later Georgia) for an extended period, both as a wrestler and booker, rather than travelling around the country.

Perhaps the only disappointment for some fans is that the book only briefly covers the Four Horsemen period. That’s not necessarily an editorial failing on Anderson’s part, simply a reflection that he didn’t consider it a major part of his career in the big picture.

You probably won’t come away from this book thinking Anderson is a charming guy you’d love to meet, but that’s clearly not the intention. Unless you have no interest whatsoever in wrestling in the 70s and 80s, this is an easy thumbs up and recommendation to read.

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