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The true story of one of pro wrestling's most charismatic, feared, and beloved icons

Who was Maurice the man, and who was Mad Dog the character? Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon was a gold medalist, a pro-wrestling legend, and a pop culture icon - but he was also a son, husband, and father. Mad Dog explores Vachon's career and personal struggles with painstakingly detailed historical research and through both Maurice's own recollections and those of the people who knew him best.

As a young man, Maurice could have chosen a dark criminal path, but then wrestling and family changed him. Chronicling his slow but steady rise to prominence across America and internationally in some of pro wrestling's most important territories, this in-depth biography shows how Vachon's life came to be defined by the words of Mark Twain: "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." Fiercely proud, motivated, and supremely talented, Vachon's story is also the amazing tale of how a lifelong make-believe heel became a real-life hero outside of the ring.

With a foreword by his brother, Paul Vachon, and an afterword by his widow, Kathie Vachon.

©2017 Bertrand Hébert and Patric Laprade (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story is an interesting audiobook but I didn't find it to be compelling. Rather than having me on the edge of my seat the entire time, it was merely something I listened to in the background while doing chores around the house. The sign of a great audiobook is the need to keep listening, regardless of what I'm doing. With this audiobook, I didn't mind stopping at any point because it never felt like I was going to miss out on anything important. This isn't a knock on Maurice. He sounds like he was an influential and important figure in professional wrestling. The way this book is written, it doesn't live up to his legend, which is unfortunate. The narrator does a fine job and has a pleasant voice, and this made for an easy listening experience. Overall, Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story is only worth checking out if you're a diehard fan of this era of wrestling or Mad Dog specifically. For everyone else, this audiobook is just OK.