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Mondo Lucha A Go-Go: The Bizarre and Honorable World of Wild Mexican Wrestling - Dan Madigan Much like Sherlock Holmes and movies starring Elvis, Mexican wrestling is one of those things I like the idea of more than the execution.

Mondo Lucha A Go-Go is a coffee table book about the bizarre world of Mexican wrestling, or lucha libre, as it is called. This book was primarily an impulse buy after reading the exquisite Hoodtown by Christa Faust. Still, it kept my attention.

Madigan gives a good overview of lucha libre history and details many of the more influential characters, like El Santo, Blue Demon, El Solitario, Mil Mascaras, and many others. The book is packed with pictures, both color and black and white. The most fascinating to me were the movie posters. I love that the Mexican wrestlers starred in movies with their masks on.