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.
©2013 Mike Tyson and Larry Sloman (P)2013 Penguin Audio
Biography wise, at the top.
It reminded me of ham on rye, by Bukowski. Cant tell you why, though.
the emotion on his voice at given parts of the book really makes the difference.
Yeah, but it ismhard to stay 20+ hours concentrated.
it gets a little slow ate some points.
So candid, so raw, if there was ever a person who proved Isaac Newtons theory of relativity it is Mike Tyson. This biography is absolutely fantastic, Mikes life is the ultimate stretch of the highest highs and lowest lows, it is very hard not to be interested whether you like boxing or not.
I can't fault this book anywhere.
I admire his focus, hard work and the honesty in his autobiography. He did quite a bit of study while in jail which gained my respect and he seems to be well read.
However, he is a violent person which is what made him a champion. But, he couldn't compartmentalize his aggression and then was surprised when he wasn't believed and went to jail. Whether guilty or not, because of his hateful "kiss my ass" attitude in the courtroom, he had no credibility and then blamed the world.
He has the natural reaction to the indignity of bigotry towards blacks that is alive and well today, Obama or no Obama, but I found him to be an extreme racist towards whites.
Also, maybe someone can tell me why blacks can call each other the n----- word, but it's horrible for anyone else to. I think the word should be considered profanity. I should think blacks would want it extricated from our culture. But, African Americans keep the word alive and acceptable between themselves. It would be like my husband referring to me as "his c---". Horrible. I just don't get it.
In the end, he lost my sympathy. He just couldn't see that a person will be persecuted if he can't respect the assault laws out on the street. As a people, we don't all live in the ring; he just couldn't remember that he had stepped out of it when the fight was over.
This audiobook rates near the top of my Audible collection because of the raw, behind the scene look at the life of a world icon and leads the listener (reader) down a path and into a life style that is unimaginable.
No. The book took time for me to get into, but in a gradual good way.
Probably not, only because of the amount of time it would take.
I would compare it to A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown. Both memoirs did not shy away from their ugly and gritty pasts.
No, but I think he did a great job.
I loved this books because it is a true memoir/autobiography. I hate reading memoirs where the author had a particularly tough or trying event and tries to gloss over it or talk about it as if it did not affect them. Mike Tyson did not shy away from the hard and controversial topics and he let the audience know exactly how he felt about each event and person he encountered. My only complaint is that he could be a bit repetitive talking about his drug use and sex life. I also liked the narrator, he reminded me of LL Cool J.
I don't know how accurate Mikes side of the story is, but his life story is very entertaining.
The narrator sounds like Mike Tyson without the lisp. After a few chapters you're convinced it's Mike talking to you. I think he must have worked with Mike because he totally nailed the emotional emphasis and just the right times.
This is a must listen to anyone who followed iron Mikes career. I think almost everyone would enjoy the stories he tells.
Consistent with expectations
I so badly want to like Mike - he's not unique from the perspective that he's battled substance addiction and, granted, it's TOUGH. His upbringing and lack of legitimate parenting obviously set him up for some incredible challenges, and the fortune he squandered is not necessarily unique. What IS unique is that Mike is a person I REALLY want to like - I found that every time he inched towards a "from ashes to glory" example in the spiritual sense, the let-down was remarkable. In the end, Mike's living out a "Groundhog Day" existence... Like seeing an inevitable car-crash in person, one can only hope that he survives the NEXT wreck.
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