The NYC Launch Party for Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America

April 20, 2023

Even if you’ve never watched a minute of professional wrestling, you are living in Vince McMahon’s world.

Join Jewish Currents for an event celebrating the release of Abraham Josephine Riesman’s definitive biography of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America charts McMahon’s rise from rural poverty to the throne of one of the world’s most influential media empires—and features never-before-seen research and exclusive interviews with more than 150 people who witnessed, aided, and suffered from his ascent.

Featuring author Abraham Josephine Riesman with David Roth of Defector Media, the evening’s conversation will touch on McMahon’s four decades as the defining figure of American pro wrestling, his close relationship with Donald Trump, and more. Come for the enlivening discussion, stay for drinks and schmoozing with the Jewish Currents crowd!

Franklin Park Beer Garden is located at 766 Franklin Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

There is an accessible entrance to Franklin Park Beer Garden through the courtyard. Wheelchair-accessible bathrooms are located in the smaller bar to the left of the courtyard. Jewish Currents highly recommends taking a Covid-19 rapid test before entering the venue, and regardless of results, please do not attend if you are feeling ill. For questions about accommodation and accessibility, please email

Abraham Josephine Riesman is a journalist based in Rhode Island. She is the author of Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America, as well as True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee. She was on staff at New York Magazine for seven years and has been published in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and many other outlets. She is on the board of directors of Jewish Currents.

David Roth is the editor and co-owner at Defector, a sports blog and media company. He is the co-host of the podcast The Distraction.