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Mayor Kane

My Life in Wrestling and Politics
Written by: Glenn Jacobs
Narrated by: Glenn Jacobs
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins

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Publisher's Summary

The surprising story of how wrestling superstar Glenn "Kane" Jacobs beat all the odds to become the mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.

Even in his heyday in wrestling, Jacobs was inspired to pursue politics by popular libertarian figures such as former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, Republican Senator Rand Paul, Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano and others, and that led him to fulfill his own political ambitions.

Before becoming Mayor Kane, Glenn "Kane" Jacobs was one of WWE's top Superstars for over two decades and traveled the globe with the likes of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, John Cena, Ric Flair, and many others. He dominated the WWE with The Undertaker as the "Brothers of Destruction." Kane reinvented himself with the help of Daniel Bryan forming "Team Hell No." He set "Good ol' JR", Jim Ross on fire.

The wrestler-turned-politician hasn't hung up his wrestling boots yet. Politics is a contact sport and Jacobs is using his wrestling skills in that arena. Jacobs supports President Trump and his agenda, and is implementing conservative policies in Tennessee.

©2019 Glenn Jacobs (P)2019 Center Street

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  • The fantastic Mr lemon
  • 18-02-20

As a life long Kane fan...

The book was alright. More of a glossing over of his career.

If you listen to any wrestling podcast (Something to Wrestle or Grilling JR) you can get more of a behind the scenes look then Glenn gives. It seemed like he was just giving bullet points and spent a lot of time just repeating how so and so was his favorite to deal with...until the next story came along and that person was his favorite.

Obviously because of the title of the book, I expected some politics talk but it got to the point of just self promotion and not actual politics talk.

All in all, if you listen to wrestling podcast, you wont hear (read) anything new or exciting in this book.

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  • Edward R. Gore III
  • 29-11-19

Great Story

Glenn Jacobs should be an inspiration for all free thinking Americans. A great wrestler and I am sure he will be a great Mayor.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-03-20

fantastic book

the narrator was awesome. flew thru the book. really liked all the history and personal story's. His political views are also very close to mine.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-20

Till THE BITTER END

Glenn Jacobs delivers an amazing spoken account of his life . inspiring and unexpectedly funny.

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  • Jeff and Tonya
  • 13-02-20

Mostly Memoir. Part Treatise. Some Genuflecting.

The biggest thing to know about this book is that it is mostly memoir of Glenn Jacobs’ life *pre* becoming Mayor of Knox County, TN. Indeed, the longest chapters and the most chapters overall deal specifically with his 20+ years working for Vincent Kennedy McMahon in World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment. Which is where at least part of the genuflecting comes in – his praise of Vince… well, Kane has been known to employ less smoke than Jacobs blows when speaking of McMahon. (And don’t get me wrong, I’m one of the fans that generally thinks McMahon has truly been one of the smarter men in sports entertainment over the last 30+ years, largely for the reasons Jacobs elaborates on quite a bit.)

The next largest part of the book is Jacobs’ mostly general political philosophy with a few specifics. Here, Jacobs actually makes a very strong case for libertarianism and those that find themselves agreeing with his thoughts here should look into a newly announced (at the time of writing this review) Presidential candidate John Monds, the first Libertarian ever to earn more than 1 million votes. However, this is also where more of the genuflecting comes in, as Jacobs devotes a fair amount of time to praising the current occupant of the White House. If you like that person, you’ll like what he says here. If you don’t, know that this is a small section of the book overall, but coming near the end leaves a bit of a bitter taste in the mind of that type of reader.

Ultimately primarily sports entertainment memoir, this is one of the better written ones I’ve come across, and I’ve read several from over half a dozen of Jacobs’ contemporaries and even a few legends. Very much recommended.

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  • Brandon H.
  • 07-02-20

buy this and you will never regret it!!

another true story of how lucky we are to be American! being a wrestling fan growing up in the Attitude Era was a blessing and something that will never happen again . Glen a.k.a Kane was one of the many hero's I had to help me get through the growing pains of school and life . no matter what happened during the week I knew Monday night was coming and I used it as motivation! now I read this book and feel the same way about politics because of Glen and what he stands for! your never to old to have heros and more importantly your never to old to start being one! this book will let you know why freedom is so important and why it's worth fighting for!! buy this book and I promise no buyers remorse!

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  • prworkman
  • 17-01-20

Loved the insight

I love knowing what my favorite wrestlers are doing and this was a great way to do so on many levels.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-01-20

great listen

if you like politics and wrestling you will love this book. very well written, and narrated

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  • Israel Sandoval
  • 06-01-20

a nother good wrestling book

a little too political but good story and you tell he was giving his honest opinion

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-20

Great book

This book goes way into every story you’d think he’d get into. It’s been a long journey and it’s great to know how it is from someone on the good side.

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  • C. P. Lewis
  • 19-02-20

Too much real politics, not WWE politics!

No shocks nor great stories; his personal political beliefs are naïve "American Dream" chasing flannel

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-20

A really enjoyable book.

I really enjoyed Mayor Jacob's book. I'm a wrestling fan from the UK. I enjoyed his journey playing the role of Kane, his outlook on the Montreal Screwjob and I was surprised by his political views, including those of Donald Trump. He has inspired me to learn more about libertarianism, Ron and Rand Paul.
I've not used Audible before and I was surprised when I played it and the book was read by Glen himself. I thoroughly enjoyed listening and was still wanting more when the book ended. Hopefully, there will be another in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-03-20

Not for wrestling fans

Listening to the book as a wrestling fan, I found the book lacking. The "wrestler" part of the book is mostly Glenn going through key points in his career, explaining what fans have already seen on the screen without bringing anything new to the table. In the "politician" part of the book, Glenn gives insight to his political beliefs, especially concerning his stance on the free market. Personally, I didn't have much interest in this part, but hadn't expected to either, so I can't really complain. Glenn's performance in reading the book is fine, neither bad nor good, just fine. Would recommend upping the narration speed, as it is dreadfully slow. All in all, if you are a wrestling fan, the book is minorly interesting, but I wouldn't recommend it, as you could just as easily watch a Top 10 Kane moments in WWE and get the same effect. I can however recommend the book if you know Glenn Jacobs as a politician, and would like some insight to his wrestling past.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-20

now I know the why break a leg means good luck

great book, now I understand that the big red machine has a big heart as well

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  • Michaek123
  • 02-12-19

excellent narrator by glen jacobs

really enjoyed the book really good listen glen Jacobs kept the listener interested from start to fonish

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  • Adam Neilly
  • 04-12-19

Awful Kane

Kane forces his republican views and chasing the "American Dream", not a great wrestling memoir.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-01-20

Great

awesome book for a very good person.
I don't usually like books but this is a great read or listen