Undisputed Truth

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A bare-knuckled, tell-all memoir from Mike Tyson, the onetime heavyweight champion of the world--and a legend both in and out of the ring. Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon--Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time--and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior. Years of hard partying, violent fights, and criminal proceedings took their toll: by 2003, Tyson had hit rock bottom, a convicted felon, completely broke, the punch line to a thousand bad late-night jokes. Yet he fought his way back; the man who once admitted being addicted "to everything" regained his success, his dignity, and the love of his family. With a triumphant one-man stage show, his unforgettable performances in the "Hangover "films, and his newfound happiness and stability as a father and husband, Tyson's story is an inspiring American original. Brutally honest, raw, and often hilarious, Tyson chronicles his tumultuous highs and lows in the same sincere, straightforward manner we have come to expect from this legendary athlete. A singular journey from Brooklyn's ghettos to worldwide fame to notoriety, and, finally, to a tranquil wisdom, "Undisputed Truth "is not only a great sports memoir but an autobiography for the ages.

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  • Hardback | 580 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 40.64mm | 816.46g
  • Blue Rider Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white plates, colour plates
  • 0399161287
  • 9780399161285
  • 85,979

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Praise for UNDISPUTED TRUTH "A masterpiece ... grimly tragic on one page, laugh-out-loud funny on the next, and unrelentingly vulgar and foul-mouthed. Reading Tyson's memoir is like watching a Charles Dickens street urchin grow up to join Hunter S. Thompson on a narcotics-filled road trip -- with the ensuing antics captured on video by assorted paparazzi." -Hector Tobar, "Los Angeles Times " ""Undisputed Truth "is raw, powerful and disturbing--a head-spinning take on Mr. Tyson's life...Unlike other sports memoirists, he doesn't pull punches, offering up slashing comments on people who were once close to him. His narrative reminds us of just how far he has come from his rough beginnings, and, in a way, how close he remains to them. He had a punch like a thunderbolt from Zeus, but there have been a lot of big bangers in boxing; Mike Tyson's came with a pulsating story line like few others." --Gordon Marino, "Wall Street Journal " "Parts of ["Undisputed Truth"] read like a real-life Tarantino movie. Parts read like a Tom Wolfe-ian tour of wildly divergent worlds: from the slums of Brooklyn to the high life in Las Vegas to the isolation of prison.... Mr. Tyson's idiosyncratic voice comes through clearly on the page here -- not just his mix of profane street talk and 12-step recovery language, cinematic descriptions of individual fights and philosophical musings, but also his biting humor and fondness for literary and historical references that run the gamut from Alexandre Dumas to Tolstoy to Lenin to Tennessee Williams.... A genuine effort by a troubled soul to gain some understanding of the long, strange journey that has been his life." -Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "A hefty autobiography that might be the most soul baring book of its genre ever written ... a fascinating look into a life that up until now had already been well chronicled ... It's raw and profane ... but it is also quite funny."--"Associated Press " ""U

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About Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and the first boxer to ever hold the three biggest belts in prizefighting--the WBC, WBA, and IBF world heavyweight titles--simultaneously. Tyson's enduring appeal has launched him into a career in entertainment: he was a standout in the blockbuster films "The Hangover "and "The Hangover 2," and recently he has earned tremendous acclaim for his one-man show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." Tyson has launched a clothing company (Mike Tyson Collection) and Tyrrhanic Productions, which currently has several film projects in development. In 2011 Tyson was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Kiki, and their children. Larry "Ratso" Sloman is best known as Howard Stern's collaborator on "Private Parts "and "Miss America." Sloman's recent collaborations include "The Secret Life of Houdini, "with magic theorist William Kalush;" Mysterious Stranger" with magician David Blaine; and "Scar Tissue"; the memoir of Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis. All three books were "New York Times "bestsellers.

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