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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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.
It starts when he was growing up in 'the hood' with family and friends. Especially mentioning 'Cus' his trainer who trained Mike from the start but tragically died leaving Mike to find new ways of pursuing his boxing career.
This autobiography tells the complete life story from boy to grown man including many facts about Mike's journey through life up to the present day.
This book was also a good price and I enjoyed it.
Tyson is brutally honest about the sordid activities he got up to in his childhood, during his boxing career and after his retirement. I commend him for his honesty as not many athletes would be so open. For example I have read Diego Maradona's autobiography and he hardly mentions any of his controversies off the pitch, Tyson is the complete opposite, he tells it like it is. You also get to see another side of Tyson - the Tyson who is an avid reader and pigeon collector.
My only negative would be about how he describes his losses to Hoyfield and Douglas, he seems to make a lot of excuses some of which are not completely valid.
It's a must read for any Mike Tyson or boxing fan.