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Life in the Trenches

Brian DAmbrosio

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The nature of storytelling hints at a fundamental human restlessness and insinuates human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to share. In the 37 profiles within, there is no perfection. There are successes, failures, strugglesMoreThe nature of storytelling hints at a fundamental human restlessness and insinuates human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to share. In the 37 profiles within, there is no perfection. There are successes, failures, struggles and redemptions. There are falls from extraordinary perches and crushing victories and defeats and people driven to climb high in the first place. Life in the Trenches offers 37 narratives and stories of modern day trench warriors – Stephen King’s favorite folksinger (James McMurtry)- a Greco-Roman wrestler and MMA forefather from the Midwest (Dan The Beast Severn)- entertainment wrestlers so convincing as villains that they repeatedly put their own lives in danger (Ivan Koloff)- a Bronx-born comic who switched from a favorite of the Black Panthers to a conservative spokesman (Jimmie Walker)- a boxer who descended from the mountaintop to homelessness (Iran Barkley).Some of the subjects have been retired and inactive for decades. Some simply swapped one trench for another. Some could turn even the simplest memory into something remarkably intense. Life in the Trenches is crammed with stories of the forgotten (Tim Witherspoon and the lost generation of 1980s heavyweights), the unpopular (one former NHL tough guy, Jim Thomson, has unleashed the wrath of hockey fight fans for his anti-fighting position), and the ultra-popular (“Rowdy” Roddy Piper is such a scoundrel in entertainment wrestling that he lives in seclusion on a mountaintop in Oregon). There are no run-of-the-mill stories here. Humanitys legacy of stories and storytelling is the most valuable asset we have. This book is a nod to that precious quality. Subjects profiled and interviewed:1) Baseball pitcher Jim Abbott2) Iran Barkley3) Mike Bass4) Livingstone Bramble5) Earl Campbell6) Gerry Cooney7) Ted DiBiase8) Troy Dorsey9) Daniel Gonzalez: Coal miner-boxer10) Ivan Koloff11) Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini12) Angel Manfredy13) “The Model” Rick Martel14) Jameel McCline15) James McMurtry16) Anthony Muñoz17) Lee Roy Murphy18) Sean O’Grady19) Diamond Dallas Page20) Nathan Perrott21) Richard Pilon22) “Rowdy” Roddy Piper23) “Leaping” Lanny Poffo24) Folksinger Matthew Ryan25) Mike Ryan: Montana bootmaker26) Dan “The Beast” Severn: MMA forefather27) Earnie Shavers28) Billy Sims29) James “Bonecrusher” Smith30) George “The Animal” Steele31) Pinklon Thomas32) Jim Thomson33) Paul Thorn: Boxer turned Musician34) Jimmie Walker35) Demond Wilson36) Tim Witherspoon37) Garo Yepremian