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Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Mike Tyson
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Love him or loathe him, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson is an icon and one of the most fascinating sporting figures of our time. In this no-holds-barred autobiography, Tyson lays bare his demons and tells his story: from poverty to stardom to hell and back again

In this, his first, autobiography, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson pulls no punches and lays bare the story of his remarkable life and career. Co-written with Larry Sloman, author of Antony Keidis’s best-selling memoir ‘Scar Tissue’, this is a visceral, and unputdown-able story of a man born and raised to brutality, who reached the heights of stardom before falling to crime, substance abuse and infamy.
Full of all the controversy and complexity that you would expect from a man who delighted as much as he shocked, this is a book that will surprise people and reveal a fascinating character beneath the exterior of violence.
If you think you know all about Mike Tyson, read this book and think again.



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‘Might be the most soul-baring book of its genre ever written’ Washington Post

‘Savagely compelling… A voyage through the great American underbelly’ Telegraph

‘Sensational… Fascinating… An epic tale’ Daily Mail

‘Completely riveting’ Janice Turner, The Times

‘A fallen hero mauled by excess’ Evening Standard

‘A gripping and indecently enthralling autobiography . . . Tyson’s life reads like an Elmore Leonard thriller’ Telegraph

‘Undisputed Truth, is the American dream writ large in raw detail: think Citizen Kane scripted by the writing team of The Wire’ New Statesman

‘Utterly gripping’ Janet Street-Porter, Independent

‘Addictive’ Geoff Dyer, Observer

‘Extraordinary’ Sunday Times

About the Author

Mike Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months and 22 days old. Tyson won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, with 12 of them occurring in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after defeating Trevor Berbick by a TKO in the second round. In 1987, Tyson added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker. He was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to individually unify them.

Larry Sloman is the author of bestselling collaborative books with Bob Dylan, Howard Stern, and the critically acclaimed ‘Scar Tissue’ with Anthony Kiedis.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
"Undisputed Truth" is memoir book of one of the most controversial man and athlete in past decades, Mike Tyson. And what is more important to emphasize, a very good memoir book.

Tyson who grew up in one of the meanest and poorest Brooklyn neighborhood Brownsville, he managed to become one of the most famous and ferocious all-time boxers and the youngest heavyweight champion ever.

Tyson who never knew his father and lost his mother when he was teenager, was member of the gang, walking around with the gun in his hand, he dropped out of the school but nevertheless became a successful boxer, married movie star and earned plenty of money.
But no matter how quickly he earned money even faster he spent all went bankrupt, eventually even ending up in prison humiliated before the whole world.

It's incredible to read how he spent money when he had it in abundance, for example buying the entire stock of Rolls Royce cars.
He had problems with alcohol and so it's interesting to learn that during recording of "The Hangover" movie in which he appeared he was also drunk or going through a hangover himself.

Mike Tyson's autobiography is very brave and honest book that speaks frankly about his life from his own mouth, being equally brutal on himself like he was in ring to other boxers. He speaks about those people who once were with him all the time when he was popular, and then turned their backs on him when everything went downhill.

He will also mention his (in)famous promoter Don King about which he doesn't have anything nice to say calling him names for his theft of around 50 million dollars from Tyson due to his naivety.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Gari
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Its hard to know where to start with a review for this book. Over the past 25 yrs there have been many so called Mike Tyson biographies I've read a few so thought that I knew the full story but there was a lot in here that took me by suprise. I thinks its fair to say of all of the books on Tyson this is the only one that counts.
There's certainly a lot of content at almost 570 pages this is twice the book that most autobiographies are. During the time I read this my opinion of Tyson went up and down like a rollercoaster, from being shocked, to thinking that this guy is a complete idiot to feeling sorry for him and at the end I'm still not entirely sure.
One point worth mentioning is that Mikes actual boxing career probably accounts for less than half the content of the book.

If you don't want to see any spoilers stop reading now:

Otherwise he's my overview of this book,

We all know the story of Mikes rise to become the youngest ever Heavyweight champ under the guidance of Cus D'Amato, the marriage to Robin Givens, the legal battles over his management and his loss to Buster Douglas then conviction and incarceration for rape. The comeback and loss to Holyfeild and the ear biting incident.

However the real interesting insights that are less known about and covered in this book are the stories of Mikes childhood and just how big a criminal he was and how brutal the environment was.

The complete lack of ability he had with dealing with his finances (which stemmed from his childhood) it really seemed like someone should have given him some help, although trying to tell a young Tyson what to do with his money would have been a thankless task.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brutally Honest Memoir 3 May 2014
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Mike Tyson has to be commended highly for the telling of the uncomfortable truths of his life in this enthralling autobiography. I have well over a hundred autobiographies and biographies on boxers but have never read a memoir that is so in-your-face and uncompromisingly honest. Just a look at the cover photograph encapsulates what this book is all about - looking the world straight in the eyes - total sincerity.

You will not find this a bland by-numbers re-telling you what you already know autobiography like most memoirs by other sportsmen, actors, singers etc that specialise in superficiality. In fact, a lot of it's content is an uncomfortable, painful and heartbreaking read.

I would like to address one or two negative comments by previous reviewers. One reviewer complains of the profanity in the book - well, what do you expect? This is how Mike speaks like it or not, any tinkering with the language would be fake and that's not what an honest autobiography is about. Another reviewer is disappointed that there is not more on the actual fights. This is because the book is about Mike Tyson the man - the good, the bad and the ugly. If you have followed Mike's boxing career you should already know of his contests anyway, and if not, go watch the dvds.

After reading the traumatic existence that Mike has had in his own words telling things from his own viewpoint, I truly hope he finds mind, love, peace and happiness after everything he has gone through. Michael Gerard Tyson deserves it.

There is no fight record but as I have already stated, the book is about the man we don't know rather than the one we do know.

Contents:

9 pages of prologue
525 pages of main text
17 pages of epilogue
4 pages of postscript to epilogue
16 pages of 52 photos
2 pages of A Note on Lexicon
5 pages of acknowledgments
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