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For some reason I was left a bit disappointed by this autobiography of Eddie Hall. I am a huge fan of WSM and was so proud when Eddie brought the title back to the UK, yet this is lacking in a couple of ways.
This book tells the story of his childhood, youth competitive swimming and Worlds Strongest Man competitions. As he is still a relatively young man and he has been so dedicated to his training there is not a lot to tell and the first part did drag a little. Sadly he came across as a little immature (as we all can be in our youth) but I was disappointed to see how he seemed to revel in some of his violent behaviours.
My main frustration was although he hints at it a lot, he never actually covers the final WSM competition where he won the title. He was unable to discuss it for contractual reasons as the TV final hadn't been aired when this was published, but surely it would've been better to delay publication and tell the full story. I would've loved to read his take on the competition, how he felt, how he trained, his opinion on Thors complaints during the competition and just finish the book on the high that Eddie deserved.
If this book has now been updated and that competition has been covered then you may not feel the same frustrations, but in the book I had I felt like I read the story of Eddie's rise, but missed out on him standing on the peak. A strange and deflating way to finish a book.
Some nice bits in this book where Eddie gets a bit deeper behind the facade of the Eddie Hall brand but on the whole very two dimensional.... I finished it because I was determined to, not because I was gripped by it.
A decent read. It's bizarre that the book was published without being properly proofread, but it was clearly rushed out after Eddie won WSM in May '17 to capitalise on his fame. His constant bragging does get a bit tiresome, but the latter chapters, which deal with his strongman career, are interesting (and why most people will have bought the book, let's face it!). It is a shame that the ending, relating to the 2017 WSM final, which should arguably be the most interesting section, is so short, but overall I enjoyed the book and in fairness Eddie achieved what he set out to do.