Must Read: Mike Tyson’s “Undisputed Truth” (DETAILS)

If you grew up in the 1980s and 1990s and were into boxing, you knew Mike Tyson (he terrified and fascinated us). “Undisputed Truth”, an autobiography (with Larry Sloman) on the former world heavyweight champion, will let you into the mind of the man and the (perceived) monster.

An excerpt of the book was published this morning on NYmag.com and it was a spectacular and touching read. Titled “My Life as A Thug”, the section chronicles Mike’s early life as an unloved, bullied kid who becomes a street fighter and a thief before meeting his mentor and trainer Cus D’Amato. Below is one of many favorite passages that reveals the economic hell of Tyson’s past as well as his discovery that he was/is a human being.

 

“I was excited on the ride back to Tryon. I was sitting with a bunch of Cus’s roses in my lap. I had never seen roses in person before, only on television, but I wanted some because they looked so exquisite. I wanted to have something nice to take back with me, so I asked him if I could take some. Between the smell of the roses and Cus’s words ringing in my ears, I felt good, like my whole world had changed. In that one moment, I knew I was going to be somebody.-

“Undisputed Truth” will be published in November by the Penguin imprint Blue Rider Press.

New York Mag