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Mike Tyson
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Book Description

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 (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606 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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12 of 13 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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Denis Vukosav TOP 500 REVIEWER
"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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Mike Tyson 17 Nov 2013
By Jambro
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Well what can I say, what a great book,this tells the real stories. His love for cus d'amato drips from the pages. His relationships with women can be understood not agreed but understood. His love for boxing is evident. He describes his struggles with honesty. The story which answers most questions. Read it
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!! A must read! 9 Dec 2013
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Mike Tyson, love him or hate him, is a true late 20th Century icon, and l bought this book before going to see his One-Many show in Mar '14 in London.

This is a warts and all story, and with some stories that may help provide support for the "haters of Tyson". However, it is amazing to what low level he sunk, and how he is finally happy now, minus the couple of hundred million that he spent trying to be happy.

I thoroughly recommend this book, so as to get an insight into "Iron Mike".
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 15 April 2014
By Matt
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Fascinating - I loved this, though I think the ghost writer has made Mike sound a lot more profound and erudite than he actually is. that said, some interesting insight for sure. Sadly, although he says he is clean at the end of the book - it is almost impossible to believe this..... Recovery looks beyond him....
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1.0 out of 5 stars woeful 8 April 2014
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Great fan of Tyson the boxer however this book ranks as one of the worst I've ever read. If ever an autobiography needed a decent ghostwriter this was it. Boxing fans stay clear
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ear ear
just what was expected. He has a story to tell but didn't rock my boat but if you like down trodden stories this is one for you
Published 10 days ago by gingernut
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much cursing
I grew tired of reading the book because of the amount of fowl language, which is a shame because it was interesting to hear about his earlier days and family relationships, and... Read more
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Can't tell you much about it, as it was a present for my son in law, and he is taking it to Portugal on holiday.( where he can chill out)
Published 11 days ago by Valerie Tooley
3.0 out of 5 stars tyson autobiography
Good book would of give it 5stars but as its the uk edition it misses bits out for legal reasons..good price for a hardback though.
Published 13 days ago by Mr. M. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Excellent from start to finish. So much I didn't know about Tyson. Easy to read, funny in parts and tragically sad in others
Published 14 days ago by Chaud
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This is a very intresting book. I wasnt sure what to expect but got into the book and couldnt put down. A must read for all boxing fans.
Published 15 days ago by MR ANDREW J AYRES
5.0 out of 5 stars Has to be good
I have not started reading this yet but believe it will make interesting reading about one of the world's greatest boxer to grace planet earth.
Published 17 days ago by Master Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas gift
The person I bought this book for really liked mike tyson and managed to read the autobiography over their two week Hamas holiday. I would say the book was a hit.
Published 21 days ago by alison smith
5.0 out of 5 stars tony b
I thought I squandered a promising future but it pails into insignificance compared to mikes fall from grace! I really do think mike has bared his sole in this book! Read more
Published 24 days ago by tonyb
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