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Former heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson has written a book. Did you know he is a vegan? (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Sharing a title with Tyson's limited-run one-man Broadway show (soon to air on HBO), this outspoken autobiography simultaneously confirms many of our preconceptions about the celebrity boxer and smashes some of them. Although he came out of poverty and family strife, and although he was following a criminal path at a very early age (he was robbing houses when he was still a preteen and sent to a state reformatory at age 12), and although schooling took a backseat to his fighting career (which also started when he was very young), Tyson does not come across as the semiliterate thug he's so often represented to be. Most readers are familiar with his 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 by this self-proclaimed trailer park nigga. Leaving aside the question of how much of the actual writing was done by coauthor Sloman who's collaborated on several other noteworthy books, including a couple with Howard Stern it's clear that the voice is Tyson's: it's raw and profane but also smart and witty. Different people have different opinions of Tyson, but he seems to know who he is, and he appears to be OK with that. A fascinating and frequently surprising autobiography.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist