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Mike Tyson
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21 Nov 2013

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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  • Hardcover: 564 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (21 Nov 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0007502516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007502516
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It All Started So Well 30 Aug 2014
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I could not put this book down for the first six or so chapters and would have to tell my husband all about the antics of young Mike living in the hood and being trained to become a boxer by Cus.

I then found that once the book reached the stage of kicking Don King in the head hitting strip joints every night with drinking drugs and sex with anything with a pulse a bit boring as it seemed to be the same story over and over to this point it became a bit of an effort to read and also frustrating that he made the same mistake of sleeping with these women who would cry rape the following day to be paid off! This could have been dealt with in one chapter to keep the story moving.

In order to finish this book I dedicated 14 hours of my Saturday so that I could move on to my next book (Ricky Hatton Autobiography)

The last two chapters gave a good picture of his family life with present wife & family but would like to have read more about his time in prison and other marriages I hope that he does manage to stay clean in future and wish him luck as I do think he was taken for a fool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 20 Mar 2014
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I thouhght Mike Tyson was a great fighter in his early days, reading this book helped me understand why he lost his fights later on in his career, Money, sex and drugs, but the book does repeat its self over and over, i read Frank Bruno`s and Nigel Benns book which were both a good read.
Im pleased Mike Tyson has got his life back together and has settled down, good luck to him
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a bit more about his fights 18 Mar 2014
A lot of this book is really engrossing and I enjoyed reading it. But I would have liked to hear more about the fights and his thoughts on opponents. There is too much talk of his sex life which at times got boring. His accounts of life growing up in Brownsville were an eye opener and shocking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Honest, fascinating, but dull in places. 11 Oct 2014
By Cliff
This is a captivating and fascinating book but it does have a distracting flip side. If you can take the rough with the smooth it is a worthwhile read. You do not need to be a boxing fan to appreciate Tyson's remarkable and incredible story. It will add extra interest as it did for me as I am from his era and remember how spectacular and destructive he was in the boxing ring.

An early part of the book sets out his impoverished and 'in the hood' upbringing. Tyson will throughout the book refer to this as an explanation of sorts for the severe issues in many addictions and behaviours he develops in his life. He lays these issues out in a self-effacing completely open to the bone manner. They are so extreme that the reader cannot help but judge him on these. I am of the view that you do not judge least you be judge yourself. Tyson goes into open therapy preaching mode at times during the book and from my reading perspective he is virtually inviting the reader to judge him. Judge him I did. His story tells of a life of a truly horrific person that I should never wish anyone that I cared about to meet.

He makes an early case for his defence in regard of his own perceived miscarriage of justice following his conviction for rape. He tells it from his point of view and as it is his book he is entitled, but like his later addiction issues he presents this for judgement by the reader. On a similar theme he also invites the reader to check the old footage of the fights he lost, as these in his view were unfair. The story of how he was discovered trained and fought in the early days are superb. The stories of the people involved in that are captivating.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Gari
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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 knockout read, what a man and what a story
This book answers a lot of questions surrounding Mike and why he was the man he was. This is a very honest and moving account of both Mike the man and Tyson the fighter. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Adey
5.0 out of 5 stars quality
Fantasic read of a true warrior
Published 4 days ago by chris khan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This is Tyson stripped to his soul...a brilliant 'can't put down' account of his rise to success and super stardom, his meteoric fall, rise again and end of arguably one of the top... Read more
Published 6 days ago by John Donnelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A really fantastic book.
Published 10 days ago by i parkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars ... (Tyson's journey to World Champion) and the end are fantastic. The...
The beginning (Tyson's journey to World Champion) and the end are fantastic. The middle, and what some may call hedonism and others out of control addiction, just goes on too... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Sabin Brooks
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed up.
What a mixed up crazy world this man made for himself. If you needed to feel better about your life read this. Read more
Published 14 days ago by David Corringham
5.0 out of 5 stars Undisputed truth
Very interesting. Mike led a very difficult and yet privileged life. He had nothing then he had it all and then through it away and ended up with nothing again. Read more
Published 20 days ago by monsterjazzlicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 21 days ago by Billie Slowey
5.0 out of 5 stars its an excellent book it feels like you re watching an action ...
Can't stop reading it, its an excellent book it feels like you re watching an action movie live, Tyson is an incredible fighter with lots of up and down it s an emotionally rich... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Hafassa Farida
5.0 out of 5 stars also a fantastic book
gave me a completely knew vocab in swearing ...also a fantastic book
Published 26 days ago by stuart
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