Booker T: From Prison to Promise: Life Before the Squared Circle by Booker T Huffman with Andrew William Wright

August 10, 2023

As long as you know what you’re getting, this is a great insight into what made Huffman the man he is.

The subtitle and blurb make the point, but some would-be readers may overlook the fact this is not a wrestling autobiography. The only wrestling content is the final 15 percent or so, covering Booker’s time in the Texas independent circuit before getting a WCW tryout.

Instead it’s the story of a troubled childhood, some poor life choices, a spell in prison, and a period of drifting before finding wrestling. It’s certainly a very open account, with plenty of detail but no complaining or refusing to take responsibility.

While it’s very readable, the book is clearly ghostwritten and doesn’t appear to be an attempt to capture the subject’s voice. While Booker Huffman may well speak in a different way to the on-screen character of Booker T, it’s hard to imagine him reading this for an audiobook and it not sounding clunky and unnatural.

There is a second volume covering Booker’s wrestling career. If you’re going to read that, don’t skip this as it gives great context into Huffman’s early life and the differences that would have come with fame and money.

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