Iron Ambition

My Life with Cus D'Amato
Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White
Length: 19 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (230 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

OR
In Cart

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
What members say
Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    181
  • 4 Stars
    36
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    3
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    169
  • 4 Stars
    26
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    166
  • 4 Stars
    19
  • 3 Stars
    13
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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!

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

beautiful the great father and son story

amazingly beautiful listened everyday while i worked it had a quality to it that reminded me of training boxing with my own father.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Best read

This was an amazing book I have the hard copy and I wanted to listen to the audio version while at the gym or driving and it was amazing!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Required reading for Dreamers & Kings.

You could tattoo this book on my back and I would thank you. Because every morning I would wake up and catch sight of another incredible quote, inspirational story or philosophical revelation in the mirror.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Powerful

On so many levels, this book is powerful. The audiobook is well read. The amount of history and information is enough to keep a true fan of boxing and Tyson himself, satisfied and content for a good while. I’m grateful for this having been written.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Speak to your soul

I loved it I can't get enough of it. I'm honestly blessed to find this audio . it was long but we'll worth it but if you listen very closely you understand the it truth. The step on how to achieve anything you want if you put your MIND to it and TAKE the ACTION and be as displined acountbale and being who you want to become truly be your desire of character I listened over and over some key notes and used it as affirmation and I feel it engraved in my head helping me by learning from the journey of both cuz amato and Mike Tyson had to encounter the amount of pain suffering in order to find the truth nature of who they are we must endure and endure and fight now that take truth character that leave a forever legacy of a true warrior thank you for sharing your story I honestly wish cuz amato was immortal to live forever in this world we live in now he probably go insane but he will forever be immortal in your hearts and souls

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

S T A M I N A

The history of Mike and Cus is a great legacy to Box Sport. It is help to understand the industry of that sport. Also, the way of how change the mind of that kid he was Mike, is really interesting.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

well written and narrated by a tremendous narrator

I really enjoyed Tyson's account of the mindset D'Amato instilled in him as a young teenager. I have a new found respect for Tyson that extends beyond his accomplishments in the ring.
Also, this is the best narration I've heard on an audiobook. The narrator uses subtly different accents to match each of the characters. It is measured and effectively facilitates listening.