The Queen of the Ring: Sex, Muscles, Diamonds, and the Making of an American Legend

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Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, 13 lip 2010 - 368
The story of Mildred Burke, the longest reigning champion of female wrestling, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of Kings of Cocaine.
 
In this in-depth account, journalist Jeff Leen pulls back the curtain on a forgotten era when a petite midwesterner used her beauty and brawn to dominate America’s most masculine sport.
 
At only five feet two, Mildred Burke was an unlikely candidate for the ring. A waitress barely scraping by on Depression-era tips, she saw her way out when she attended her first wrestling match. When women were still struggling for equality with men, Burke regularly fought—and beat—male wrestlers. Rippling with muscle and dripping with diamonds, she walked the fine line between pin-up beauty and hardened brawler.
 
An unforgettable slice of Americana, The Queen of the Ring captures the golden age of wrestling, when one gritty, glamorous woman rose through the ranks to take her place in athletic history.
 
“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
 

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The Match of the Century
1
Millie Bliss
9
Billy Wolfe
22
Wrestling Me
32
Becoming Champion
50
Building the Business
68
Pulchritude on Parade
86
Mat Mamas Maul for Millions
97
A Bout with Nell
174
A Bout with Billy
191
A Bout with June
215
Millie without Billy
241
Billy without Millie
253
Mildred Burke Productions
265
Millies Girls
281
List of Billys Girls
289

Billy Wolfes Harem
114
The Public Likes the Puss
127
The Golden Age
140
Tragedy
162
List of Millies Girls
290
Acknowledgments
291
Notes
299
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Jeffrey Leen is the assistant managing editor for the Washington Post’s investigations unit, where his work has helped win six Pulitzer Prizes. He is also the author of Kings of Cocaine, the first book-length investigation of Columbia’s Medellin cartel. Leen lives in Maryland.

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