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Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography Hardcover – 21 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 564 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (21 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007502516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007502516
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 4.8 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (395 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,195 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helpful Advice TOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2013
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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Format: Paperback
Before committing to purchasing this, might I suggest that you do as I did and read an edition that wasn't published in the UK as due to the insane libel tourism laws it has to be censored and so if you buy the UK version you miss out on some of the meatier rants.

This book is utter madness and mayhem at over 500 pages long it's certainly in need of some trimming down but overall what a crazy and chaotic life this man has lived and endured to tell the tale. I'm not saying I believe everything he says but even if only some of this is true then deary me. As Tyson stumbles and staggers into one crazy scenario after another you find yourself constantly changing your sympathies and opinions and by the end it's hard to tell how you feel?...

I would suggest that this makes good holiday/long distance travel reading as there is plenty to keep you entertained and amused but by the end of it I was officially sick of hearing about the clubs, the drugs, the women and "the partying" as Americans love to call it. This story manages to make such excess and self indulgent hedonism seem incredibly boring by the sheer mind numbing repetition of it all. There is no shortage of self pity either.
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Was a big fan of Iron Mike, grew up seeing him terrorise opponents as an 18 year old. This book does however show he was really on the edge. Littered with constant profanity, Iron Mike still comes across as a slightly rough individual and his musings about all manner of things and the way he still describes his interactions with various women leaves me feeling a little uneasy. The good thing is Mike has not sanitised his story.
Mike appears to be the product of his childhood and tough adolescence. If his writings here are accepted on face value, he's been as much a victim as a victimiser.
A phenomenally gifted and dedicated athlete (at least dedicated in the early days) Mike's legacy should have been even brighter than it undoubtedly always will be in the world of boxing- if he hadn't lost his mentor Cus so early in his career I can't help but think things may have been different for him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ipso024 on 14 Aug. 2015
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I have long been a boxing fan, if not necessarily a Mike Tyson fan. I can honestly say that this book has completely changed my view of the him as the man I thought he was. I was shocked by the way this man conducted himself and found myself skim reading parts that were so far from my own lifestyle and beliefs. However, this book is a facinating read which has left me wondering about how life will treat this guy between the end of the book and the end of his life. I feel compassion for the man and hope that he can find peace within himself in his Autumn years.
A must read ..........
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HE DID NOT RAPE HER! I believe that with my whole being. I'm not saying with other people it'd be ok, but he of course had women throwing themselves at him and he got the chance to get out of prison a year early if he apologised and he refused. Think what you want about him but that I'm convinced he didn't do. Also, he admits to committing an absolute ton of funked up poo, so he probably would admit if he did. However, He's hard to like. Up until he gets going on boxing it contains a lot of stories along the lines of 'yeah we were out robbing houses again' and 'yeah I got into a fight again' and it's all just written very much in a chilled out way like it's no big deal. Now don't get me wrong, he grew up in hell and got bullied and like he says yes he was a little kid and he was trying to fit in and I'm not taking that from him, but there's right and there's wrong and we all know the difference. He later goes on to analyse some of his robberies were with guns and he shot at people. Yes, it's cringeworthy. He also confused me in his attitude to other boxers; he holds high regard for some, before him and his competitors, but then he went on to say if he took the Lewis fight seriously he would have kicked his ass, which I didn't think. At times you can relate to him as a typical human being like the way he said he could understand a fighter's strategy on him very quickly and his attitude on money. I think a lot of people would've done the same thing really. I think Tyson just kind of lost his passion and it's a shame because he was all that and then some in the ring, but there were just too many drug induced episodes for him to carry on. As for his fights, they're mainly well covered, as was his time in prison.Read more ›
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