So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.
As I listened to this book my opinion about Tyson swung to both extremes. In the first part of the book I was really pulling for Mike, he worked hard to overcome extremely disadvantaged early years. He had his periodic outbursts, and issues, but under the mentoring of his friend and coach, Cus D'Amato, he rose above it all to eventually become champion. During this part of the story he also began battling against so many people trying to rip him off now that he had a ton of money.
At that point in the book I was totally in Mike's corner, but unfortunately after Cus died the story of his life went down hill so fast, and so uncontrollably from there that it eventually became hard to tolerate. In some ways this part of the book was fascinating as well, but also very sad. It is mind-boggling how someone could blow hundreds of millions of dollars so fast. He was constantly getting in street fights, high on cocaine, sleeping with every girl he could, fathering several kids, and being accused by gold-diggers for fathering others he didn't. He was sued countless times, sometimes with merit and others by people trying to fleece him, but after awhile I began to stop feeling sorry for him and started thinking he is getting everything he deserves.
The language, and sex talk is pretty strong throughout. I told my wife this book is like novocaine for sensitivities to the F-word, it must appear at least a thousand times in the book. If you aren't easily offended I think you will find this book very interesting. It is a rare look into a life most of us could never fathom.
Born to Run was a very fun book to read, and full of amazing characters, but what I loved the most were all the nuggets of interesting and useful information sandwiched into the story (i.e. studies on the value of running shoes, the superfood Chia seeds, the backgrounds of successful ultra distance runners). I'm sure it starting to annoy my wife how much I cite things from this book, but it's too good not to share it.
In addition to being an interesting book with tons of good info, it was incredibly well written, and the authors humor is spot on.
I like sports a lot, but was never a big tennis or Agassi fan. I loved every minute of this book though. It was SUPER funny, and extremely interesting at the same time. My favorite parts were the stories about his dad when Agassi was a child, and then about his pursuit of Steffi Graf. My favorite character was his coach Brad Gilbert, but there are so many great characters in this book. If I had access to a time machine, going back to spend time on the road with Agassi and his group of friends would be near the top of my list now.
If you are remotely considering this book, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed, sports fan or not.