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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 (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,461 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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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
Format:Hardcover
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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing, a must read. 20 Jun 2014
By Eve
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I don't usually write reviews so I will keep this brief. The book is full of surprises and as someone who watched his fights as a kid with my Dad it was great to hear his account. He has lived 100 lives and will bring you along his journey in a captivating way. For those who have no interest in boxing it is a great bio if like me, they are your thing. You will not be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cus the Amazing 17 April 2014
By Elena
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Really enjoyed the first half of the book, second part was disappointing from a person point of you. Sad story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars book of two halfs 15 April 2014
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The start is brilliant and then much like Tyson career tales off in the end with too many tales of drugs and women that becomes boring, only then to go out with a bang in the final pages.
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3.0 out of 5 stars sad story of a confused soul 16 Feb 2014
By mr m
Format:Kindle Edition
a repetitive read not sure if Tyson really ever will understand how to find any peace with himself or get bored of drugs
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Dissapointing Read 24 July 2014
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I only read this book as Amazon suggested it, although said I am a big boxing and MMA fan. It was a fairly disappointing read and I've came away with a not very positive impression of Tyson. Although it is very honest, I would argue he doesn't do himself any favours to his audience by revealing his true nature.

The book details his early years in Catskill well. The book doesn't describe too much or too many of his fights and even the notorious ear biting fight only really got a page or two max. He mentions his run ins with the law or where there were court cases but you get the impression this is to reassure the audience he was innocent. Overall the structure is quick and doesn't stop too many times. It's worth a read for a couple of quid.

Lastly, I watched some of his fights on line as I read the book and this helped alot. Kings of boxing
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excellent biography of mike tyson. . The book tells you the real truth about the man and his career unlike the media . Read more
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Infamous Iron Mike burst onto the boxing scene with an unprecedented record with a vast number of knockouts. Read more
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A must read not only for big Tyson fans like myself but for anyone who appreciates a truthful autobiography,nothing is spared and makes for some uncomfortable reading at times,some... Read more
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