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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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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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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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Iron Ambition

Flawless. Tyson pens yet another magnificent read. A harrowing tale of Cus D'Amato's everlasting influence.

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Waaay better than expected

If you’re a fan of boxing history & Mike Tyson PLEASE get this book. That’s all I’m going to say.

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Imagine you hear Cus

The personal moments from the book - still recite them in my mind. Although Mike told the story both about Cus & the boxing stage at that time, the personal stories & the voice of the narrator is what make it memorable.

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Amazing book!!! Haven’t been this inspired in a long time

I just started boxing. I researched different fighters’ styles to perfect my technique.

Then somehow I came across this book when practicing Tyson’s peekaboo style. Never had I thought his story with Cus D’Amato would be this interesting, saddening, and inspiring!

Definitely a must read from a psychological perspective. Be better, have discipline, control your emotions and fear, create your own ego!

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Cus was a Commie

this book explains a lot about Mike Tyson and the psychological manipulation that he was under with Cus

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I wish it was more about Cus' teaching

unfortunately only the first few chapters and a couple at the end are about the relationship between Mike and Cus. And very little is about Cus' philosophy. Nothing different from old interviews that you can find on YouTube. The book is very repetitive in several parts. I had to skip many central chapters as they are about "boxing politics" and "games", money, managers and promoters etc. For me totally boring and non interesting. The reader is great though

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Gregoryagonzalez@yahoo.com

This is what listening to memoirs is all about. I saw myself in the reflection of Cus and the Champ. I saw my dad. I saw vividly the life of Cus in all its glory and pain. Mike Tyson also. For me this was a thrill, a mystery, self help , with a good pinch of legal tough guy mafia boxing stuff. What could be better. You may not be expecting to challenge yourself by knowing yourself better, but you will. Gutsy and honest and well, sorry I gotta say it, it packs a punch. Thank you.