Undisputed Truth

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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 ...

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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.

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He was the undisputed heavyweight champion at twenty; a convicted rapist at twenty-five; a Boxing Hall of Famer who was bankrupt by 2003 despite having earned nearly a third of a billion dollars during his multiple careers. In his new autobiography, Mike Tyson talks candidly about his early life; his controversial bouts; his troubles, marital, financial, legal, and otherwise; his problems with depression and alcohol; and his dreams of getting back on track for his family.

The New York Times - Michiko Kakutani
Mr. Tyson's idiosyncratic voice comes through clearly on the page here—not just his mix of profane street talk and 12-step recovery language, cinematic descriptions of individual fights and philosophical musings, but also his biting humor and fondness for literary and historical references…There is a lot of self-mythologizing (and de-self-mythologizing) at work in these pages. But if Mr. Tyson sometimes seems to be spinning or rationalizing episodes in his life, the reader gets the sense that his book as a whole is less a calculated attempt to rebrand himself than a genuine effort by a troubled soul to gain some understanding of the long, strange journey that has been his life.
Publishers Weekly
11/18/2013
Reviewed by Robert Anasi. It's been a quarter-century since Mike Tyson demolished Michael Spinks in 91 seconds to become the youngest lineal heavyweight champion in boxing history. Today, the world in which he took center stage seems impossibly distant. In 1988, boxing was the only major combat sport (UFC 1 was five years away) and American cities were trapped in a cycle of violence—a disaster propelled by social neglect and drug wars. Pundits likened inner cities to war zones and chose incarcerating a generation of African-American men as a final solution. As a child of this blighted landscape, Tyson became the boogeyman of white-flight nightmare. It was a role he embraced—one that proved very lucrative. Boxing was in a long decline, but every one of Tyson's fights became a major event. He brought in the celebrities and high rollers, filling casinos and pumping pay-per-view buys with a charisma unmatched by any heavyweight since Muhammad Ali. From the safe remove of their television screens, America loved to hate (or perversely love) Tyson, whom they perceived as a scary black man. This fascination should have faded after Tyson lost the title to Buster Douglas, or when he went to prison for rape, but the Tyson train wreck became an ever bigger attraction, whether he was biting Holyfield's ear, wrestling his pet tiger, or turning up on yet another police blotter. As Tyson notes, "I had fought eight rounds since I got out of jail and I had earned $80 million." When he declared that he wanted to eat Lennox Lewis's children, or drive an opponent's nasal bone into his brain, he was channeling his favorite comic book villain, but the world took him at face value. As Tyson inflicted ever greater amounts of coke and booze on his fragile sanity, he too seemed to forget that he was playing a role. Later stints in rehab and devotion to a 12-step program have brought Tyson a measure of calm. Undisputed Truth contains very little of that substance. Tyson opens the book with a fervent denunciation of his rape conviction. First he's condemning his behavior, next he's bragging about how he invented the hip-hop gangsta mafioso and listing all the women he had sex with. This unreliable narrator makes the truth difficult to locate. Tyson's changing roles—from gangsta to fighter, to recovering addict—are intriguing, but utterly scrambled. Sloman has cowritten numerous books with celebrities, including Peter Criss and Howard Stern, but Undisputed Truth adds up to little more than Iron Mike ranting into a tape recorder. It's a missed opportunity. The most interesting chapters come early, as he describes his difficult upbringing in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., and his equivocal salvation at the hands of Cus D'Amato, who saw a future heavyweight champion in the fists of an insecure thug. D'Amato, in fact, is the only figure who comes across as fully human, and his manipulation of the young Tyson is both fascinating and disturbing. When covering the period after D'Amato's death, the book becomes an angry, depressed blur, which may well be how Tyson experienced it. Tyson, and others, were as much victims of his notoriety as they were beneficiaries. Tyson puts it in no uncertain terms: "I hate Mike Tyson. I mostly wish the worst for Mike Tyson. That's why I don't like my friends or myself." This time, there's no doubting his words. Robert Anasi is the author of The Gloves, a Boxing Chronicle and The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He lives in Long Beach, Calif.
Library Journal
11/01/2013
Former heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson has written a book. Did you know he is a vegan?
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-24
An exhaustive--and exhausting--chronicle of the champ's boxing career and disastrous life. Tyson was dealt an unforgiving hand as a child, raised in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn in a "horrific, tough and gruesome" environment populated by "loud, aggressive" people who "smelled like raw sewage." A first-grade dropout with several break-ins under his belt by age 7, his formal education resumed when he was placed in juvenile detention at age 11, but the lesson he learned at home was to do absolutely anything to survive. Two years later, his career path was set when he met legendary boxing trainer Cus D'Amato. However, Tyson's temperament never changed; if anything, it hardened when he took on the persona of Iron Mike, a merciless and savage fighter who became undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. By his own admission, he was an "arrogant sociopath" in and out of the ring, and he never reconciled his thuggish childhood with his adult self--nor did he try. He still partied with pimps, drug addicts and hustlers, and he was determined to feed all of his vices and fuel several drug addictions at the cost of his freedom (he recounts his well-documented incarcerations), sanity and children. Yet throughout this time, he remained a voracious reader, and he compares himself to Clovis and Charlemagne and references Camus, Sartre, Mao Zedong and Nietzsche's "Overman" in casual conversation. Tyson is a slumdog philosopher whose insatiable appetites have ruined his life many times over. He remains self-loathing and pitiable, and his tone throughout the book is sardonic, exasperated and indignant, his language consistently crude. The book, co-authored by Sloman (co-author: Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss, 2012, etc.), reads like his journal; he updated it after reading the galleys and added "A Postscript to the Epilogue" as well. At this rate, Tyson may write a multivolume memoir as he continues to struggle and survive.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399161285
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 8,709
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and the first boxer to ever hold the three biggest belts in prizefighting—the WBC, WBA, and IBF world heavyweight titles—simultaneously. Tyson’s enduring appeal has launched him into a career in entertainment: he was a standout in the blockbuster films The Hangover and The Hangover 2, and recently he has earned tremendous acclaim for his one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. Tyson has launched a clothing company (Mike Tyson Collection) and Tyrrhanic Productions, which currently has several film projects in development. In 2011 Tyson was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Kiki, and their children.
 
Larry “Ratso” Sloman is best known as Howard Stern’s collaborator on Private Parts and Miss America. Sloman’s recent collaborations include The Secret Life of Houdini, with magic theorist William Kalush; Mysterious Stranger with magician David Blaine; and Scar Tissue; the memoir of Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis. All three books were New York Times bestsellers.

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

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    Undisputed Truth is a stunning book. It follows Mike Tyson from

    Undisputed Truth is a stunning book. It follows Mike Tyson from his criminal and violent youth to his rise to being the undisputed boxing heavyweight champion. Then comes the fall. Tyson ends up a convicted felon and loses everything. Finally we see him rebuild his life, becoming a loving father and husband. Tyson and co-author Larry Sloman do a great job conveying the raw emotions of Tyson’s highs and lows.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Initially, I was surprised by the size of the book; about the si

    Initially, I was surprised by the size of the book; about the size of a small Bible.

    But once I started reading, I could not put the book down. Tyson and Sloman do an awesome job
    detailing the rise and fall of one of the most polarizing sports figures in the 20th and 21st centuries.
    The former undisputed champ gives a raw account of his life  with honesty, humor, and pain as
     he talks
    about growing up poor, robbing to survive, his quest for glory, his sexual conquest, addictions, and
    financial defeats.
    The Undisputed Truth is an must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Very honest and detailed. I enjoyed the description of the early

    Very honest and detailed. I enjoyed the description of the early years growing up and his boxing career. The last 100 pages describing his life with strippers and drugs gets repetitive.

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  • Posted February 20, 2014

    I recommend this book. Its very truthful and raw. He admits his

    I recommend this book. Its very truthful and raw. He admits his mistakes and owns up to his failures. I couldn't put the book down once I started - I kept looking forward to reading what was next. Well-written, detailed memoir. Great read. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Mike Tyson's Undisputed Truth is a well written work that gives

    Mike Tyson's Undisputed Truth is a well written work that gives a good account of his life in ways that have never been told before. It gives the reader an insight into his character,motivations and actions in a way that makes him truly human with vulnerabilities, strengths, passions and other positive attributes. It is a page turner and probably the best biography or autobiography I have read in a while, or perhaps Disciples of Fortune that I read a while ago. There are tons of lessons to learn from this, especially on the consistency part, despite all the distractions that came his way.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Awesome Read!!!!!!!

    All I can say is "WOW". Could not put the book down once I started it. What a story! Anyone who has watched his HBO special will love this book. I have a new perspective on Mike Tyson after I read this book. He goes into fine detail on his incredible life. You come away with a new found respect for the former Champ.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Just OK

    Book is pretty long

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    #Greatness

    50good 50bad

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Amazing life

    The life Mike Tyson has lived is amazing. He is so much more intelligent than most seem to give him credit for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Great read

    Fantastic job. I laughed out loud and cried. Raw and at times offensive. If you are into fantasies and such- this isnt for you. If you enjoy the human experience, it is a great book. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Too bad

    I am almost done reading this book and realized something. It is not about boxing it is about a rise and fall. I am not sure if redemption is really an attainable goal for Iron Mike. I loved watching him box during his prime and felt completely disappointed when that fat slob Buster Douglas beat him.

    I have enjoyed the book and the exploits but I am also saddened at the same time with the blatant disregard for human beings or any living thing for that matter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Loved it. Didn't want to stop reading!

    I truly enjoyed the book. Amazing life that he has had to learn to control. FYI I am early 40 year old, white female that was raised in Mississippi. I have always enjoyed Mike's fights and NEVER believed he raped anybody. Keep your head up and nose clean!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Kyle

    Love u tracy

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