Undisputed Truth

Undisputed Truth

Book - 2013
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A bare-knuckled, tell-all memoir from Mike Tyson, the onetime heavyweight champion of the world--and a legend both in and out of the ring.
 
Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon--Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time--and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior. Years of hard partying, violent fights, and criminal proceedings took their toll: by 2003, Tyson had hit rock bottom, a convicted felon, completely broke, the punch line to a thousand bad late-night jokes. Yet he fought his way back; the man who once admitted being addicted "to everything" regained his success, his dignity, and the love of his family. With a triumphant one-man stage show, his unforgettable performances in the Hangover films, and his newfound happiness and stability as a father and husband, Tyson's story is an inspiring American original.
Brutally honest, raw, and often hilarious, Tyson chronicles his tumultuous highs and lows in the same sincere, straightforward manner we have come to expect from this legendary athlete. A singular journey from Brooklyn's ghettos to worldwide fame to notoriety, and, finally, to a tranquil wisdom, Undisputed Truth is not only a great sports memoir but an autobiography for the ages.
Publisher: New York, New York : Blue Rider Press, a member of the Penguin Group (USA), [2013]
ISBN: 9780399161285
0399161287
Characteristics: 580 pages, 32 un-numbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Sloman, Larry

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alo1020
Aug 04, 2015

This book is extremely raw and gives a "real" indepth look into his background. He is a survivor on many levels, and has a very troubled soul. He found Islam while in prison, which is unfortunate. I will pray for this man, in hope, he will leave that religion. Because nothing good will come, if he stays. The book is a hard read with all the "ghetto" profanity, but worth the trouble. Mike Tyson, was a great boxer and would have retired on top if not for his sex, drug and alcohol addictions. As he ended his story, it sounds like he misses his old lifestyle and would like to return to the "streets." That's a pretty scary thought. Feel sad for his wife and children.

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Kchaiso
Sep 29, 2014

Keeping this as objective as possible - this is a really, really, REALLY disjointed autobiography. Would have done wonders with a better editor/co-writer. Minor events get pages worth of information; major events get a sentence, if that.

nutty7688 Jan 15, 2014

I really liked this read. It was interesting to learn of his childhood or lack thereof. His adult life with drugs and sex, marriages the works.

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smichal
Jan 14, 2014

What a strange book. MT had a scary childhood in NYC and was robbing people instead of attending school as a youth. Things improved when he began training with Cus D'Amato and MT won several championship belts. But he never stayed out of trouble with drugs, fighting anybody who provoked him, and having sex (and children) with random women, despite calling himself a Christian and later a devout Muslim. He was also on many medications for his mental problems, and also kept being sent back to jail. Also he had a bad marriage and was robbed of hundreds of millions of dollars by Don King and his other handlers.
This book contains lots of ghetto swearing, fighting, boxing, having sex with 2 billion ladies. I doubt he will ever calm down, keep it in his pants, and learn to manage his own finances.

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