• Atlas

  • From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man
  • By: Teddy Atlas, Peter Alson
  • Narrated by: Teddy Atlas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (355 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Of all the people who have affected my life and influence the choices I've made, none has been more important than my father."

So begins the autobiography of legendary boxing trainer and commentator Teddy Atlas, who grew from the rebellious son of a doctor to a man who embraces, and lives by, his father's values and code.

In this gritty, spellbinding tale, Atlas recounts his fascinating life as a juvenile delinquent on the streets of Staten Island; as a boxer and Golden Gloves champion under the tutelage of famed trainer Cus D'Amato; as a companion to the dangerous, unpredictable Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, up until the day Gravano turned rat and brought down crime boss John Gotti; and as a trainer of champions and contenders, among them 14-year-old Mike Tyson and heavyweight Michael Moorer, whom he led to the crown with a win over Evander Holyfield.

Equally engrossing are Teddy Atlas's accounts of training Twyla Tharp, dancer and choreographer, for her successful comeback at the age of 42; his work with actor Willem Dafoe, preparing him for his role as a concentration camp boxer in the film Triumph of the Spirit; his journey to Poland to choreograph the film's boxing scenes; and his own performance in movies such as Play It to the Bone

In sharing his stories, Atlas reveals the philosophy by which he lives. Like Teddy Atlas - inimitable, tough, honest, and wise - this book inspires. It is about so much more than boxing. It is a story of overcoming hardships, of compassion for those in need, of tremendous personal integrity, and of personal and professional triumph.

©2006 HarperCollins Publishers LLC (P)2019 Teddy Atlas

Editor's Pick

A fighter-philosopher
"Teddy Atlas has earned his reputation as a soothsayer, troublemaker, and generally controversial boxing mainstay. From training to commentating, Teddy’s done it his way, all the way. What I love most about this listen is his unflinchingly honest criticism of boxing promoters and their ruling bodies. He’s an ardent advocate for the fighters as well as the purity of the sport—even when that loyalty has come at great personal cost. There’s tons of appeal for self development fans, too, in Teddy’s hard-won life philosophies stemming from his troubled youth and stellar career."
Sean T., Audible Editor

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Exceptional

I'm a boxing fan, having followed the sport pretty closely from roughly 2000 (when I started subscribing to HBO) to 2015 (when I cut the cord and found HBO's boxing coverage much reduced on its streaming service). In other words, I'm probably a better fit for this book than most, but I think it might appeal to everyone.

Atlas' life (so far) might not have changed the world, but it sure has been interesting. The book contains many, many compelling moments both relating to boxing and not. What he has to say about facing fear probably makes the book worth reading even for the non-fan.

The audio version was released in 2019 (I was surprised to see the book came out in 2006 - not sure why the massive time lag) and read by the author. Atlas is a terrible narrator. I was accustomed to his style from his work on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, but I think someone who's not familiar with him might struggle at first. Here's the thing though - Atlas isn't really narrating his book, he's reliving it. And from that perspective, he's superb. He laughs during the funny parts and gets choked up during the tough parts, and he was making me do the same. I can't imagine the print experience would be nearly as good.

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Literally life changing

Teddy delivers by way of his honesty as well as his performance… the story is almost unbelievable… if it wasn’t Mr. Atlas, I’d be hesitant to believe that everything in this book happened the way it’s told… There are many lessons packed into this one book… That is the reason for me tilting my review, “Literally Life Changing”… thank you Mr. Atlas and all contributors!

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teddy atlas is a national treasure!!

so honest and touching. binged the whole thing in a few days. great listen and the interviews with updates is fantastic.

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Experience is key

I’ve always liked Teddy Atlas. I think I made the right choice to read his book. Any time he was calling the fights earlier in his career, you knew you were going to get an honest opinion know matter what.
I think everyone knew he was going to be honest when he called the Jeff Horn vs Manny Pacquaio fight and told Jeff Horn that he lost the fight.

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Mr Atlas Changed my life the best way possible

I love this book this my 2nd time reading it i enjoyed very much so

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Thank you, Teddy. Thank you!

Amazing
Enjoyed each second of it.
I feel different before and after going through this book.
Recommend it to anyone who likes coaching and human psychology.

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This is an amazing story, hands down. I have already read the physical version. but gave the audiobook a go to be able to hear the additional material. I am also a huge fan of Teddy’s podcast, The Fight, where he applies a great deal of the lessons boxing and his experiences have taught him to everyday life. I personally think The Fight makes the greatest supplement to this book. Teddy does a good job reading his book but having heard his podcast and knowing he lived all of these experiences I was expecting a bit more emphasis in some of the emotional moments. That said, I have never had anyone ask me to read a book aloud for six hours at a time for three days straight so I cannot claim I could do better. Regardless, I highly recommend taking this book in however you can if you have the slightest interest.

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Thank u to Teddy Atlas

This book not only made me a huge fan of Mr. Atlas, but it also helped get me back on track from certain cross roads in my life. This is one of the best books I’ve read and listened too. Highly recommend and i myself will likely read again.

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The story of the greatest storyteller

Gripping story with so many ups and downs along the way.
Teddy is my favorite storyteller I've ever listened to.

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Incredible

This book is the best. I've read it, but it's even better in Teddy's own hardened New York voice. Besides the fact that he is greatest boxing trainer of all time, this is a grown man sharing his trials and tribulations in this emotional story. Listening to his words, will make you laugh, cry and in a strange twist you will question yourself. The moral of the story is commitment and you only though you knew what that meant until you read or listen to this book.

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  • Junkets
  • 05-15-20

Gifted storyteller

Gifted storyteller, great to her the book in his own voice. Full of stories, engaging listen. Listened to Teddy for several years, came here off the back of his YouTube show.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-22

The real chamber of truth

I’ve loved listening to Teddy Atlas ever since I heard him on the old fight night games.

He present vivid insight to the boxing industry. He brings even more depth to an amazing sport.

Loved the book, love the man

5stars !

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  • Lyndsey Hale!
  • 08-16-22

awesome

awesome book , loved listening to it . atlas is a legend and true old school gentleman

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-22

Beautiful storytelling

Teddy is a great storyteller, and very passionate about the sport of boxing. Plenty of content in this book, a lot of "hard dad" stories.. i.e. "i knocked this guy out.. then I took on 5 bigger guys". But that's to be expected if you're writing your own book.

Some great stories about Cus, Tyson, Moorer etc. Some stories you gotta take with a pinch of salt.

Overall I recommend this book to any boxing fanatics and fans of Teddy. His commentary on boxing is some of the best, and allows new fans to understand advanced stuff.

A true legend to the sport!

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  • sean connor
  • 04-21-22

absolutely amazing story

teddy atlas is so much more of a person/story than just being involved in tyson. if you are looking for an interesting real life read, get this book. ive learnt a lot from this book. teddy when are you coming to liverpool england...i loved every second of this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-22

Superb

Even better second time round 👌
As a youth worker I could really relate.
Pushing that kid in the wheelchair into the deep end of the pool had me in stitches, I pull stunts like that yo get the best out of people! Unorthodox but gets results!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-27-22

loved it!

brilliant autobiography, teddy's honesty and the fact he reads it himself makes you feel like your reliving his stories with him . a great man I wish I had a teddy atlas in my neighbourhood

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  • rjm
  • 01-08-22

Fantastic

Having Teddy read this himself was fantastic. His insight into boxing is amazing and this candid insight into his life and career was a pleasure to listen too.

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  • Mr. A. M. Adamson
  • 12-30-21

Authenticity

Great book, great story and great man. Excellently narrated by the man himself.
In a world besieged by too many phonies, and in a sport smothered by corruption Teddy is an antidote. Real, raw and unbowed.
Hats off 👌🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  • Daddy Vurls
  • 10-31-21

Simply fantastic! .

A great life story well told by the man himself Teddy Atlas.

I couldn't recommend highly enough, especially for fight fans! Thank you Teddy and Peter

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  • Lim
  • 06-09-22

Great Book and podcast

Awesome book. Highly recommend this book. Took me 3 days to get through it. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-21

A Modern Masterpiece

A remarkable telling, of a remarkable life, read by a remarkable man. This would have been a great read but for me it could never surpass having Teddy read it to you in his own voice. hearing him laugh at the jokes or get choked up at the difficult stories.
Full of life lessons, amusing anrecdotes and the tragedies of life. He is a champion of the weak, and down trodden, a teacher and a warrior. Teddy Atlas is is what every man could and should be!
My favourite Audible experience to date and one I plan to revisit again. A must listen or read!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-20

Amazing

Teddy Atlas knows how to tell a story.
I was sucked right in and it felt as though I was a fly on the wall.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-20

moving and honest

loved this book. such an amazing life. Teddy Atlas makes you want to be a better person. thank you Teddy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-20

Captivating from start to finish

Pulls back the curtains on boxing and explores the psyche of a fighter and how Teddy pushes everyone not to quit and be honest to yourself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-19

excellent

this book is as good as a teddy atlas punch to the mouth in a street fight. bang!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-19

Words to live by

A brilliant story told by Teddy with brilliant lessons that can be applied to life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-19

Captivating Story told by a Fantastic story teller

To date, the best autobiography i have had the pleasure or reading/listening to. Highly recommend, Some fascinating stories mixed in with several life lessons we can all take with us.

Teddy also has a podcast called The Fight if the book leaves you wanting more.

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