When i got this tiny paperback book through the post i was a little dissapointed as i was expecting a glossy book with pictures, etc like most other boxing autobiographies. But i started reading it and loved it. La Motta is a self confessed thug,criminal ,rapist ,psycopath ,etc. He's done some terrible things, but he doesn't excuse himself. He doesn't look for understanding or forgivness. He lived his life like he faught ,leading with his face and swinging trying to kill his opponent, quite often he got hurt ,more often those around him got hurt. Part of his power as a fighter was his raging temper which he couldnt really control. He was also linked with the mob ,insofar as the only way he'd be allowed a shot at the title would be if he threw a fight ,so he was barred from fighting ,but the public hated him for a long time. Anyhow this isnt his lifestoy ,its a review of it and i enjoyed it ,its like listening to the amazing character that La Motta seems to be actually talking to you, a great book.