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  • Hardcover: 564 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (21 Nov 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0007502516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007502516
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 5.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,975 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

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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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gari on 9 Dec 2013
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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 By Eve on 20 Jun 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elena on 17 April 2014
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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 By Barry Valentine on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mr m on 16 Feb 2014
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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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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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By David Corringham on 8 Oct 2014
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What a mixed up crazy world this man made for himself. If you needed to feel better about your life read this. Had this man been less of a nutter he would have ruled the world.
I just couldn't put this book down could he do any more things wrong! YES all the time.
Not to much about Boxing so don't expect it but mainly about his lack of reality, robbed and used by everybody close to him.
He tried real hard to escape his roots but failed you can take the boy from the badness but can you take the badness from the boy?
As far as Autobiography's go it was not the best but in a strange way I enjoyed reading it.

One of the greatest fighters ever was never in control of his temper and was always regarded as a cash cow.
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By Big Mack on 20 July 2014
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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 chapters you feel compassion for Tyson other chapters you feel revulsion,although respect is always due to him for his brutal honesty,I personally enjoyed 1st half of book most,as I am big boxing fan and enjoyed the journey to becoming heavyweight champion,2nd half becomes increasingly dark and self depreciating.I would have liked to hear more about sparring sessions, weigh ins, training camps ,although I understand the need for balance in a book like this,I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hardly put it down.
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