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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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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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A good biography

If you are interested in boxing, how it all started and how the mindset works of those passionate about it - this is a good book. Story is easy to follow, I listened it to 1.5x speed.

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awesome book

at times this book seemed long maybe too analytical. then in the end it tied everything together for triumph, philosophy and life . great inspiring book.

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Amazing!

This was an entertaining, informative and inspirational account of a young Mike Tyson's life with his mentor and stepfather, motivator, boxing genius, and all around great man Cus D' Amato.

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Lots of info not needed

Missed hearing more Tyson. Spent a lot of wasted time on Cus vs IBC going back to early 1900-1960. Not fun to listen to for 5 hours. Other Tyson story is much better to listen.

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Incredible

If you liked the Undisputed Truth, listen to this one. As a boxing trainer myself, I really appreciate Cus D’Amato’s teachings.

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I cannot emphasize enough on how much of a good book this was. this man cus D'Amato certainly must have been quite a personality. just by listening to this book I can say a change some small parts of my life for the better. I don't think it stops here with the last chapter in a review. Certainly, it will be a continuation of it played in my life.

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Lots to know about Gus and the shady side of boxin

interesting dive into Gus' background, life and how it affected Iron Mike, who it turns out wasn't such a bad guy.

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Amazing

This is a must for every boxing fan let alone Tyson fans. Mike Tyson was and is one of the most known humans on the planet and he gives great details of his journey.