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American Son

American Son [Kindle Edition]

Oscar De La Hoya , Steve Springer
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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“De La Hoya’s memoir reads fast and well. It reveals a man who is capable of far deeper sincerity than the “Golden Boy” who graces the podium at press conferences.” (CBS Sports)

“This memoir, his first literary glance in the rearview mirror, is a revealing and solid read.” (Los Angeles Times)

“An inspiring and motivating title …, an entertaining description of the ins and outs of a boxing career, and a fascinating insight into a Latino hero.” (Críticas Magazine)

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From Oscar De La Hoya, one of the most celebrated fighters in the history of boxing, comes a frank and touching memoir about achieving the American Dream: his rise to the top, the power of a solid work ethic, his mother's painful death from cancer, the pitfalls of stardom, and a very personal take on what it means to be an American

The son of Mexican-born parents, Oscar "The Golden Boy" De La Hoya has had an astonishing career. From boxing to business, from the recording industry to the charitable accomplishments of his foundation, his success is a testament to what one can achieve in the United States. But who is this man who has changed the lives of so many? Who has imprinted a positive mark upon the sport of boxing, for which many have all but given up hope? Who has become a symbol of success for an entire community, without many heroes to call their own?

American Son answers these questions.

Born into a boxing family, De La Hoya has defeated more than a dozen world champions and won six world titles as well as an Olympic gold medal—a moment forever marked in the memory of anyone who has followed his career. Yet within the maelstrom of this success lay a man whose earnest belief in the goodness of everyone around him sometimes led him to stray far from his intended path. This book is The Golden Boy, and he bares his most heartbreaking mistakes as well as his most stunning triumphs for all of the world to see.

This thrilling tale of an immigrant's son—a quintessentially American story—is the chronicle of an amazing journey that will provide readers with new insight into the private life of a figure who has to many reached iconic status.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1883 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (6 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017T0BWU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #356,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, but not a classic. 15 Sep 2011
If there had been an option for three and a half stars, that would have been about right....three stars - too low, four stars - a little too high.

However, i found it quite an intersting read, with a full expose on his childhood, teenage years, and all the way to his successes as head of GBP.
Oscar is not afraid to reveal his frailties, and shortcomings which always endears a boxer to the reader.
One troubling message that i am left with, is his eagerness to inform us of his many charitable foundations and the work he does for the underpriviliged.
Most sports stars, only gently mention they are involved with various charities, but here we are given full chapter and verse of all his donations, foundations, schools, scholarships....the list is endless.

However, he is a nice guy, and i am left with the thought...."that is what i was meant to think".

If you want a five stars boxing read....try, Johnny Tapia, Chris Eubank or Teddy Atlas.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 7 Dec 2013
By Jay
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Boring back story to someone who I thought would have an interesting life. His recent actions somewhat contradict what he says in the book and taints it a little.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good light read, shame about the lead time 30 Oct 2012
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I'm an avid boxing fan, was looking for some light reading and came across this book. It's not the most well written book, but "The Golden Boy's" story is an interesting one. From his youth as an amateur sparring Julio Cesar Chavez to Olympic glory. Culminating in his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. the book is an interesting tale of one of modern boxings most well known fighters.

The downsides of this book are De la Hoya's tendency to have excuses for literally all of his professional losses and poor performances, while purposefully leaving out times when he had questionable decision wins (Felix Sturm, Pernell Whitaker)

Also, the book took nearly two months to arrive, I'm from Ireland and this was being shipped from the US. No matter what way you look at it, two months is a bit much!
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By Nick
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I am a real De La Hoya fan, but have to admit, having read many Boxing Biographies, I wouldn't say this was the best I've read.
Was ok and is worth a read, but I think there are more exciting reads from the world of Boxing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 16 Oct 2010
I enjoyed this book, Oscar tells of all his vunerabilities and his failings, he doesnt try to create a picture of himself as the perfect man. tells us of his life away from the ring as well as in it. excellent book, just about the only one i managed to read in one day.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good sports read 23 Jan 2010
I bought this for son for xmas. He is a keen boxing fan and said that the bookmwas a really interesting read
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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An interesting but superficial sketch of the American Golden Boy - it is a very fast read, gives insight into Oscar's life but feel there is so much more story to tell - this is the media friendly portrait of the man - if you want more then you will be left wanting.
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