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  • Hardcover: 564 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (21 Nov. 2013)
  • 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 (319 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,373 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav 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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gari on 9 Dec. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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Format: Paperback
Growing up as a kid I was a big Tyson fan.
I loved to see all of those training segments that were shown on TV and his whole look was a throwback to emulate his own idols.
I bought this book to get an insight into his early life and hopefully read all the boxing stories and his relationship with Cus.
The first half of the book certainly doesn't disappoint.
Tyson had a very hard upbringing and recounts his childhood in great detail.
It was when he was introduced to Cus that the book really becomes gripping. All of the training and his own thoughts on how he perceived his opponents and the ferocious fighter that he became.

As soon as Cus was gone, the money was rolling in, the parties and girls and extravagant lifestyle that came with one of, if not the most famous sportsman of all-time take up the middle part of the book.
The training goes out of the door and makes way for drug-fuelled partying.

Around the second part, the book becomes quite hard reading.
This obviously is a big part of Tyson's past, but chapters of drugs use and dodging the law does become rather repetitive.

I wish that more of the book could have focused on his training, but it is an autobiography rather than boxing memoirs.

Overall, it's an excellent insight into one of sports most talented and infamous characters.
It's clear to see that Mike is still battling his demons and debts and quite understandable looking at his whole life how he went off the rails.
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