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Iron Ambition Audiobook

Iron Ambition: My Life with Cus D'Amato

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Publisher's Summary

From the former heavyweight champion and New York Times best-selling memoirist comes an intimate look at the life and leadership lessons of Cus D'Amato, the legendary boxing trainer and Mike Tyson's surrogate father.

When Cus D'Amato first saw 13-year-old Mike Tyson spar in the ring, he proclaimed, "That's the heavyweight champion of the world." D'Amato, who had previously managed the careers of world champions Floyd Patterson and José Torres, would go on to train the young Tyson and raise him as a son. D'Amato died a year before Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history.

In Tyson's best-selling memoir Undisputed Truth, he recounted the role D'Amato played in his formative years, adopting him at age 16 after his mother died and shaping him both physically and mentally after Tyson had spent years living in fear and poverty. In Iron Ambition, Tyson elaborates on the life lessons that D'Amato passed down to him and reflects on how the trainer's words of wisdom continue to resonate with him outside the ring. The book also chronicles Cus' courageous fight against the mobsters who controlled boxing, revealing more than we've ever known about this singular cultural figure.

©2017 Mike Tyson (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    "this book is greatness just like Mike"

    This book was very well written and read very well. I love the fact that you get a first hand look into the thought process of Mike and Cuss. I'm actually sad that I finished this book. I'm really hoping they make a movie about Cuss... One of the last true Great Heros!

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    Michel 07-09-17
    Michel 07-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best books I've read for years✔"

    it's just a masterpiece. Having had a teacher and mentor that reminds me of Cus, made it somehow a bit hard at times.
    A must read for any martial artist or entrepreneur

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    ipmcfarland 07-21-17
    ipmcfarland 07-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Odd recording in a challenging spot"

    Narrator does a great job of capturing Tyson without doing an impression, but the recording makes his voice change in patches. Editing is off.

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    Amazon Customer brooklyn, ny United States 07-08-17
    Amazon Customer brooklyn, ny United States 07-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW!!!"

    THAT WAS AWESOME!!! So interesting and also inspiring. Thank you Mike for letting us in your world!

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    First timer 06-28-17
    First timer 06-28-17
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    "A fascinating read"

    I have always been fascinated by Mike Tyson's life. It is characterized by the highest highs and the lowest lows. Tyson has a distinctly human touch when it comes to grappling with his strengths, abilities, and shortcomings. This book gives a great insight into his life and the life of his trainer, D'Mato. I definitely recommend it to fight fans and those intrigued by Mike Tyson.

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