Wrecking Machine

Front cover of Wrecking Machine by Alex Wade: silhouetted photo of boxer

Wrecking Machine by Alex Wade

Published by Scribner (Simon & Schuster) June 2005

This book inspires the reader to face their fears and live their dreams.... Just as Wade had (and maybe still has) continued reservations about putting himself into a position where he could get seriously hurt, it is overcoming those reservations by sheer willpower and physical training just to step into the ring, regardless of the outcome, that is truly inspiring... This book - a true and open account of the travails of a young lawyer-turned-journalist who turns to white-collar and amateur boxing for redemption - really inspires words such as honesty, integrity, nobility and respect. So much can be learned about your life from having the courage to step between the ropes. The rest is up to you. Andrew Tarbuck, LEGAL WEEK
The language of boxing has given much to the description of advocacy in our courts... The similarities of the two skills are explored by Alex Wade in his book WRECKING MACHINE, an entertaining account of his experiences as a solicitor and boxer on the "White Collar" circuit of lawyers and City types. - Marcel Berlins, The GUARDIAN
Just how hard can someone be? Well, there probably are harder men than Alex Wade, but they are unlikely to be white-collar workers like him. Fight Club's his game, the real thing, and this is his experience in that fast-growing world. But there's more than that. The handy Mr Wade goes inside his mind to discover what makes him tick, and why a man needs to kick ass. - SUNDAY SPORT
An exploration of the painful world of white-collar boxing by a middle-class mauler who knows what it takes to belong to the real Fight Club. - NUTS (three stars)
Wrecking Machine is a brilliant book. It's flawlessly written and far too honest. This is no Tom Wolfe piece of detached journalism. It's a confessional memoir of the most haunting kind, because it's so close to normal life - more 'There but for the grace of God' than 'look at this Jerry Springer freak show'... Wrecking Machine transcends the modern notion that only the grotesque is worthy of note. It recognises and deconstructs 'ordinary' dysfunction and, as such, we can relate to it. Men will see elements of themselves, and women will learn more about men than in 20 pages of 'Men Are From Mars.' Read it. - Ian Smith, FOLIO Magazine