The Queen of the Ring by Jeff Leen
Sex, Muscles, Diamonds, and the Making of an American Legend

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The Queen of the Ring is the story of Mildred Burke, the longest reigning champion of female wrestling. In this in-depth account, Pulitzer Prize–winning 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.
 

About Jeff Leen

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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. Also the author of KINGS OF COCAINE, the first book-length investigation of Columbia’s Medellin cartel, he lives in Maryland.
 
Published July 13, 2010 by Grove Press. 369 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Washington Post managing editor Leen (co-author: Kings of Cocaine: Inside the Medellin Cartel, 1989) illuminates the murky history of women’s professional wrestling with this sympathetic biography of Mildred Burke, the sport’s greatest champion.

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She’s not a household name today, and never really was one, even in her heyday, but as Jeff Leen explains in “The Queen of the Ring,” Mildred Burke was the dominating figure in women’s wrestling for 20 years, “its Babe Ruth and its Jackie Robinson.” When she died in 1989 at 73, the Associated Pre...

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The Washington Post

(Her unpublished autobiography, which Leen cites heavily, seems to be another outlier in the wrestling canon: a colorless pro-wrestling tell-all.) But "Queen" is less Burke's tale than it is the rich story of the golden age of women's ring rivalries, and Leen unearths truckloads of wonderful deta...

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USA Today

At 5-foot-2, she was a powerhouse, a star making more money than Joe DiMaggio, drawing crowds wherever she performed.Time magazine crowned her "Queen of the Mat" in 1944, the same year she drew 12,000 to Mexico City's vast coliseum."Miss Burke, a slight but solid five-foot two-inch girl, who like...

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Bookmarks Magazine

What followed was a gritty, glittering testament to the golden age of wrestling, when beauty and brawn captivated the world.

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