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A Warrior's Heart

By: Micky Ward,Joe Layden
Narrated by: Mickey Ward,Bill Lobley
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Publisher's summary

With the success of the critically acclaimed, Academy Award-winning film The Fighter, the world stood up and cheered for the inspiring true story of Micky Ward - a heart-and-soul warrior who overcame the odds to make history in the ring. But that was only part of the tale.… Now, in his own words, “Irish” Micky Ward tells his inspirational life story as only he can. 

From his first bout at the age of seven, Micky Ward was known first and foremost for giving as good as he got, and for leaving absolutely everything he had in the ring. When he fought, quitting was never an option. It was that indomitable spirit that would allow him to survive, battle against, and overcome the harsh realities that he faced every day of his life. 

For it was outside the ring that Ward’s heart would be most needed, from witnessing his idolized older half-brother Dicky fall from grace, to dealing with his wildly dysfunctional - if frighteningly loyal - family, to the darkest of secrets that he has never revealed until now, and the numerous setbacks and defeats that would have stopped a lesser man. Micky Ward has remained a fighter, through and through - both as a professional boxer, and as a man who finally found his greatest strength in friendship, family, and faith in himself 

From the rough streets of Lowell, Massachusetts, to the blood and sweat of the international fight game, to the bright lights and adulation of Hollywood, this is the rousing, moving, tragic, and humorous story of the one and only Micky Ward.

©2012 Joe Layden, Micky Ward (P)2012 Penguin

Critic reviews

"Micky Ward is one of the true mighty-hearted modern American men." (Melissa Leo, Academy Award-winning actress)

"Read this book! Micky Ward has a great story. He's also a great boxer. On any given night, Micky Ward could come back from the dead and knock out any fighter in his weight class. Besides, he's Irish!" (Mickey Rourke, Golden Globe-winning actor)

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In his own words

I am a fan so of course I loved the book! I am so glad Micky did the narration it adds a personal touch.

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Great book

Great book about not just boxing but life in general the movie all of the story is don’t give up on anything in life because you never know if you keep working at it what you can achieve if Mickey had Retired permanently the first time he would’ve not achieved $1 million payday and definitely would not have had a movie about him so it is a great story reminding people not to give up

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Pales in comparison to Irish Thunder…

I enjoyed the book but hoped for more details than was offered in his first book, Irish Thunder. I certainly applaud his willingness to disclose the abuse he suffered and if for no other reason, that made a second book a worthwhile venture. They don’t come much better and braver than Irish Micky Ward

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amazing

what an absolutely wonderful book? listening to the book on audible was fantastic! a must read

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Mickey Ward!

The story was great. loved hearing the fight descriptions from Mickey himself. Narrator was great.

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Great Story from a warrior

I loved everything about this book. I respect and have been a fan of Mickey Ward for years. This book not only details his life ups and downs ultimately it lands on his trilogy with Arturo Gatti. Great Story!

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Love this book!

great story of the great action gighter Irish Mickey Ward! very much worth the listen

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Micky Ward. A Hero.

Micky Ward is a hero, and the reason why bleeds through these pages. Great book.

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A True KO!

One of the best audiobooks on boxing period. The honesty and grit of behind the scenes look at what shapes & builds a champion fighter with character.

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I love Micky Ward even more after reading this!

Micky Ward does a great job with the narration. It feels like he's just telling you stories and he's a great story teller. If you love boxing, you'll really enjoy this book. #fangirl

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