Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography Paperback – 5 Jun 2014
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
If you have read/seen the wolf of wall street you ain't seen nothing. Mike's life makes Jordan Belfort seem like a choir boy, seriously, I didn't realise what his life was like but then I guess its easy to forget at the height of his boxing career he was one of the most famous people on the planet.
A great read if you are not a boxing fan. My only niggle would be I would have liked to have read more about his training/diet regime but thats just me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Decent read. Good insight into the life of iron mike. Some unbelievable stories that make you wander how he is still with us!Published 2 days ago by mb3174
Really incredible read and has completely changed my opinion of Mike Tyson from the media portrayal of him. Really felt his pain when his trainer died, highly recommendedPublished 1 month ago by Matt