There has been much said about Dusty Rhodes, the 'American Dream', over the years by both his fans and peers. Aside from the frequent fictional prose penned by wrestling magazine journalists and internet smart marks that run rumor-mill websites, however, there has not been much written about him. Until now.
With the exception of a select few, there has been no bigger name or personality in the annals of pro wrestling history than Dusty Rhodes. Of those few, none of them can claim the compelling back story Rhodes shares in Dusty: Reflections of an American Dream of an industry plagued with political loyalties and disloyalties, greedy promoters, manipulative bookers, destructive personalities, multi-millionaires, and great leaders. Behind the "million-dollar smile" and the million dollar gate receipts is a man with a story to tell - not just of tall tales, yarns, and fabrications, but of a life filled with aspirations, dreams, disappointments, challenges, controversies, angst, conflict, success, and reflection.
Dusty: Reflections of an American Dream is the story of a transformation from mediocrity to superstardom. It is the story of how the boy Virgil Runnels Jr. became the man Dusty Rhodes and truly lived the 'American Dream'. This is his story.
Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr,. is a wrestler (and former journalist) better known as Dusty Rhodes, "The American Dream". Dusty, written with Howard Brody, is the story of a man whose dreams have come true through a larger-than-life career.
In chatty, expletive-laden prose, Rhodes takes the listener from his first wrestling match to the heights of the sport, and includes accounts of his friendships with other famous wrestlers like Andre the Giant and his rival Ric Flair.
Kerry Woodrow tells Rhodes’ story with a deep southern drawl and a conversational tone.
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