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Dana White, King of MMA: Dana White an unauthorized biography
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2011
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For those who love MMA and the UFC, this is a good book to add to the collection. Books on MMA and the UFC can swing wildly from the very good (Forest Griffin's "Got Fight" and Big John McCarthy's "Let's Get It On") to the not bad (Chuck Liddell's "Iceman" and Brock Lesnar's "Deathclutch") to the mediocre (BJ's Penn's "Why I Fight" and Randy Couture's "Becoming the Natural"). This book is really a bit of an oddity and is for those looking to add to their history of MMA and the UFC. Written by Dana White's mother, June White, it tells of the rise and fall of Dana White as a person.

First off, the bad: the writing style is rambling and is in desperate need of some quality editing. Instead of a cohesive story progressing in a linear fashion, it jumps around and spends way too much time on Dana White's childhood escapades. I'd have much rather read about the early days of the UFC, the struggles, the near second death of the UFC before the Ultimate Fighter resurrected it and started it on the path to becoming the multi-billion dollar international juggernaut it is today. There is so much history in how Dana White and the Fertitas, through sheer force of will, kept this thing alive. Instead we get very little of that, and the book ends up feeling more like a cross between a lecture from mom for blowing curfew and a relative who gets mad when you tell them you won't loan them some money or crash on the couch.

The good: it does give some insight into Dana White, who for all his public persona, remains a fairly guarded man when it comes to his backstory, his family and what drives him (every interview that gets personal gets the standard line of "it's not work, I love what I do, blah blah blah"). Most interviews with White rarely mention his wife Anne, his two sons and his daughter. Part of it is likely a desire to shield them from public, but White is a guy with a lot more to him than we're allowed to see, and the book gives us a peek at that. Plus the pictures of the "bald don" with hair are probably worth the price of the book alone. Seeing Dana White with hair is just plain weird.

Great literature? No. Interesting read for those fascinated with the history of the UFC and MMA? Yes. Is it the truth? Maybe, but I find there are two sides to every story and this book leaves me feeling that we're getting a biased opinion.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
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I'm a huge MMA fan and have a large collection of MMA books and fighter biographies. I learned of this book when the hacker group Anonymous got into a brief online war with Dana White & posted a lot of his personal information. Naturally, I was eager to learn more about the man behind the UFC's success. I'm not a DW "nuthugger" by any means - I was really hoping for some interesting dirt on the guy.

Unfortunately, this book doesn't really provide that - nothing worthwhile anyway. Instead, this book appears to have been written by a VERY bitter mother with a huge axe to grind. According to his mom (the author), Dana & her were very close most of their lives. Then when he became successful with the UFC, he turned into the devil she always thought he was, and abandoned his family and friends. I'm not exaggerating either - this lovely woman told of the day she gave birth to Dana and how she looked into his eyes and thought they were "soulless". By page 8 of this book, you realize what you're getting into and what kind of person his mother is. This book doesn't make Dana White look bad, it makes his mother look bad. REALLY bad.

Besides what appears to be a book filled with bias, coming fron one side of the story, it's also a complete unorganized mess. The entire book she jumps around to different points in their lives, making it hard to keep track of what happened when. Even the photos are unorganized - there's a bunch of photos, printed very small, without captions. At the beginning of the book is a list of some of the photo captions, which is incomplete and out of order, making the whole thing even more confusing.

Unless you collect MMA books like me, don't waste your time and don't give this nasty woman the few bucks she's looking for. Even if it was well written & interesting, it's only approx 130 pages with large font, so hardly worth the cost to begin with.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This not a book but a rambling piece of garbage, who claims when she first saw her child who was born a few months after Rosemary's baby, that because her son had dark pupils, she Also had Satan's child. This is a sick woman trying to cash I on her sons success. It's boring and sad.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2012
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Dana White is probably not the most loveable guy on the planet, but this book is disgraceful. Mrs. White clearly wrote this book for the sole purpose of using Dana White's fame in an attempt to hurt him in what may be the only way left to her - by airing whatever dirty laundry she could think of, even reaching all the way back to his infancy.

This book has no literary value what so ever and, while it is an attempt to attack the character of Dana White, what it more clearly does is expose the bitterness of an often absent, frequently intoxicated and chronically bitter woman who is trying to use her son's success to snatch her own 15 minutes of fame.

I've never met Dana White. If I were Dana's media coach I would advise him to soften his approach and his vocabulary, but if Dana is in fact a hostile, angry, or volatile person - this book provides many incites as to how he may have become that way.

Mr.s White, it is you who should be ashamed. Any mother who would write in this manner about her son deserves to be ignored.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2012
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I've read a number of MMA biographies, this has to be the WORST of them.
While reading this I could only think, with a Mother like this, who needs enemies.
It was just the ramblings of a bitter old woman that wishes she was the most important thing in her sons life!
Save your money and more importantly your time, don't bother reading this!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2011
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Thumbs up! I read the whole book straight through without stopping.
It's hard to imagine that Dana grew up like a normal little kid, made it to the big time and then forgets about all the friends and family. Especially his mother
and grandmother. I'm left curious as to what they may have done, if anything. Seems like the author barely touched the tip of the iceberg on that. I'm wondering if there's going to be a sequel
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on March 12, 2015
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Who is the real Dana White? According to his mother he was born with demon eyes, that managed to melt her heart until the demon returned when he became chairman of UFC. From the very start you get the impression that J White is hurting emotionally from her successful son cutting her out of his life. It sounds like Dana was a Mummy's boy all his life until he became very successful and then he separated from the family after they asked him for financial help. That is pretty much the whole story. If you were looking to find a novel explaining his life in depth, filled with stories about the hard partying head of the UFC you aren't going to find it here. This is a mother angry at her son and trying to embarrass him and cash in on him. Dana is a douche must people have figured that out already. He also has a huge ego. This book is filled with all the naughty things he did growing up like eating all the nice inside of a loaf of bread and leaving the outer crust. If someone you know owns it you may find a few things of interest but I wouldn't recommend buying this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2012
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I agree with the other reviewer, there is indeed two sides to a story and I am quite certain this book only sheds light on one version. The editing isn't polished and some sections seem jerky. As if she wants to say more but then thought the better of it and decided to leave things as they are.

This book is overflowing with emotion which sometimes comes across as confusing. The anger she feels towards her son is somewhat tinged with sorrow at how things have turned out for him; and between themselves.

While I received a free review copy, the price of this ebook also bothers me. If you genuinely want to share your story then money wouldn't be your motivation.

On the other side of it, there's a mother who is proud of what her son has accomplished and wants to shout it to the world. The book is filled with pictures and details that few have seen before.

So, if you're looking for an objective on who Dana White currently is, this book isn't for you. But if you want to know a bit more about the boy he was and his past, then yes, this book will have you turning the pages.

Overall assessment:
Content: 4/5
Editing: 4/5
Formatting: 4/5
Pacing: 4/5
Offensive content?: I would rate it PG13.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author through Orangeberry Book Tours. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.
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on March 5, 2015
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Interesting reading and fast delivery
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2011
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I have a huge love for the UFC and have been a true fan for a long time. I have surmounts of respect for Dana White for what he has done and accomplished. Overall I think this is a sad attempt for his mother to make a few bucks. Dana has no reason to lie about his upbringing. That doesn't make him seem any tougher. So it's hard to believe the truth behind this short story. I feel the whole story is stemming from resentment from his mother, who is ultimately trying to be the victim. Sorry June, if you don't take care of your kids and pawn them off to someone else why should he take care of you?
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