- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: Blue Rider Press (Nov. 12 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399161287
- ISBN-13: 978-0399161285
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.4 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 907 g
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Undisputed Truth Hardcover – Nov 12 2013
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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descriptions of individual fights and philosophical musings, but also his biting humor and fondness for literary and historical references that run the gamut from Alexandre Dumas to Tolstoy to Lenin to Tennessee Williams….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
“Undisputed Truth, which is, without a doubt, one of the grittiest and most harrowing memoirs I’ve ever read.” –Flavorwire
“Most readers are familiar with [Tyson’s] tumultuous life and career—the bizarre behavior in the ring, the sordid behavior out of it—but what’s most surprising about the book is the introspection and self-awareness displayed … it’s raw and profane but also smart and witty … A fascinating and frequently surprising autobiography.”—Booklist
“Undisputed Truth, is the American dream writ large in raw detail: think Citizen Kane scripted by the writing team of The Wire…. [it] has a great American novel feel to it… Tyson could easily be a Tom Wolfe or Norman Mailer creation.” –Austin Collings, New Statesman
“[A] lively mixture of a memoir.” –Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books
“Tyson was ever practised at delivering the early killer blow; and so it is with this gripping and indecently enthralling autobiography….Tyson always had a way with words – although much of the credit for this book must go to his ghostwriter Larry “Ratso” Sloman, who not only makes Tyson’s life read like an Elmore Leonard thriller, but gifts him with considerable self-awareness and a memorably pithy turn of phrase….recounted in gripping, punch-by-punch detail in prose pungent with the reek of blood, sweat and petroleum jelly.” –Mick Brown, The Telegraph (UK)
“Thrilling…addictive…Sloman brings Tyson's voice springing off the page with its often hilarious combo of street and shrink, pimp profanity and the ‘prisony pseudo-intellectual modern mack rap’ of the autodidact.” –Geoff Dyer, The Guardian (UK)
About the Author
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.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
I was curious just how deep a person could lower himself.
Pretty deep it turns out.
The book should title itself: "Undisputed jerk"
Poor Mike Tyson, he really is the Richard Kimble of boxing, the innocent victim of a blind justice.
The world is out to get him.
However, by his own admission, he:
-was gang member who stole at gunpoint, did drugs
-was a home invasion specialist
-was disrespectful to everybody he ever came in contact with
-beat people up almost to death
-saw women purely as sexual objects to play with
-did everything he felt like doing with absolutly no regards for the consequences
and I could go on and on and on and on...
all in all, a world-class bum.
I'm glad I bought the book second handed for $1.00, so Tyson won't get a penny from my money.
The book is not worthy of my huge personnal library, so I thought I would give it to a community book exchange I know for people who can't afford to buy books.
However, I don't want anybody else to read this sh... on my account, so I'll just recycle the garbage.
At least some good will come out of it.
The story causes one to gain insights into Tyson's life and adventures. I remember when some of the activities were taking place, ie, the accusations and trial, and didn't believe for one second, that he had raped Washington. I also remember watching the interview with Givens. Even at the time I was thinking she was attempting to make him look like an idiot. I am not a fan of Tyson and what he stood for during his fame, but the background story explains a lot of how he ended up the way he did. Thanks for writing such an interesting story.
If you are interested into detail of how a champion grow and a champion fall, this book is definitely a buy.
I have almost read 90% and I can tell you that this book is a must for anyone who want to see through the eyes of a champion it raises and fall. It is unbelievable how Tyson lives his life. He could have been so much a greater champion without having all these girls, sex and drugs problem. I never thought that he had this kind of life. This book is well written and details, bad or good are written. I really think that the story written in this book is the real one. I cannot believe someone who could have imagine all these stories. Highly recommend this book.
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