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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936608545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936608546
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chael Sonnen is the best trash-talker in all of sports.
—Jim Rome
Host of The Jim Rome Show

I've never seen anything like it. He's the best thing since Muhammad Ali
—Dana White
UFC President

"Over the course of the last few years Chael Sonnen has become one of the most divisive figures in mixed martial arts. The outspoken middleweight is beloved by some and reviled by others, to find an MMA fan without an opinion on Sonnen is virtually impossible…For those that are already fans of Sonnen this book will be a must read. For those that, shall we say, are less than enamored by Mr. Sonnen, this book will provide a glimpse below the surface, exposing the reader to a man that is much more than the one he presents when he is standing in front of a camera with a microphone in his hand."—BleacherReport.com

About the Author

CHAEL SONNEN is a mixed martial arts superstar, a compassionate Republican, a volunteer coach, and a former politician. He's a sociology graduate from the University of Oregon, where his relentless fighting style earned him numerous wrestling awards. Sonnen's brilliant, incisive, and unique viewpoints have made him a favorite of fans, fellow athletes, and lazy journalists. In his spare time, Sonnen tinkers with the particle accelerator he built in his basement.

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Chael Sonnen for President!!!
Mike
This book is very well written and the fact that I agree with or can laugh at just about everything he says in this book sure helps.
Shaya Greenfield
I read the book in 1 day and my husband in 3.
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431 of 524 people found the following review helpful By Anderson Silva on May 16, 2012
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5 Starrs fore this book. Shael shuld knot fighte anymor. Shael shuld keepe beeing awthor. Grate book that my friends Nog, Seagal, and Soares luved. Seagal read it to us befour he tuck us in. That booke dosen't half enof pectures though. Shael keep righting and no fighteing. Leaf Spyder Silva a loan. Let he kept his belte pleeze.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Muay Thai Student on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book begins and ends better than any MMA book I've read, and I've read most of them. Don't get me wrong, there is a ton of very interesting and hilarious material in the center of this book, such as Chael dealing with athletic commissions, federal agents, and other personal stories, but the first 10,000 words and the last 10,000 words really take you into the life of a professional fighter. It shows you the ups, the downs, and the personal battles a fighter has to go through. Even more so, it shows you what it takes to be a fighter. They force you to dive into the mind of a very experienced fighter, and while parts are extremely funny, it shows you something that you never see on TV or hear in interviews. It shows you the crazy, almost maddening battle they go through on a day by day basis. After reading this book, I realize that only a very select portion of people have what it takes to be a fighter. Sure, there is the fame and the thrill of stepping into the cage in front of millions of people, but I now realize there is so much more to being a `professional' than what you see on highlight reels. In an almost poetic style, Chael presents the fear, the doubt, the absolute terror guys like him go through every time they step into the cage, and he shows how they (or at least him) deals with those emotions. At many points in these chapters I actually got the chills.

It's quotes like these that dive deep:

An old wrestling coach of mine once told me something brilliant, and it applies to every fight I've won and, sadly, every fight that I've lost: "Chael, you can tell when a guy breaks." And you can, even (nay, especially) when it's you.

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You're never ready. You prepare. You train.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Curious Goerge on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was one of the fortunate few to receive an advanced copy of this book and stayed up half the night reading it. I have to admit, I had some reservations as I broke into the book but was presently surprised by the opening introduction. Although the book is filled with the typical Chael trash talk, it truly takes you inside the mind of the fighter, athlete, and entertainer. Just like his interviews, every page is filled with information that you never truly see coming. And there is profound and truly enlightening quality about this book--hence the title. The bottom line is this is not just another run of the mill biography. Much like Forrest Griffin's books, it's full of hilarious antedates that fighters, or anybody that has engaged in competition can relate to. If you enjoy his antics on stage, his fights, and his charisma in front of the camera, you'll definitely enjoy this very well written book.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Barton on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
So.. wow.

I'll be quite frank, right off the bat. As someone that is more than well aware of Chael and his day-to-day "persona", I figured I might have some misgivings about him writing a book. As luck would have it, I found myself on the receiving end of it irregardless, and was pleased that I took the time to sit down and read it.. in under two days.

You read that right - "in under two days". I'm an admitted bookworm from time to time, but rarely do I plow through a book quite like that... which is to say: This, believe it or not, is a page turner. Where you might expect to be picking up another about-and-sort-of-written-in-the-voice-of-the-athlete book is where you'll end up being wrong. YES, there is Promotional Chael in this book. But above and beyond anything you might expect, there is also reminiscent Chael, sociologist Chael, social media Chael, politician Chael, coach Chael, student Chael, fighter Chael, and most pointedly: Human Chael. But if it's not a "biography", then what is it? I'll not throw around the "manifesto" description, as it's already heavily in rotation, but will simply point out that it is essentially a collection of essays. Thought-out observations, if you will. A look inside the mind of a man that normally spends his time showing a caricature of himself rather than his inner monologue? Yes, absolutely.

Sparing an extensive chapter-by-chapter review here (you should probably just buy the book, eh?), I'll say this: MMA fans will certainly enjoy their time spent reading this book. Non-MMA fans will enjoy it just as much (and maybe even more than?) the diehard fans. At the end of the day, "Voice of Reason" is a hilariously fun and interesting read that (surprisingly) has something for everyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Izzy "Human Cockfighting" on June 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The image of Chael Sonnen is one thing. He's done a great job of staying in character in all of his interviews, throughout his entire MMA career. Brash, arrogant, even delusional of his own grandeur. He's so good at it, you start to think that his character is who he really is. Until you read this book. Chael lets himself slip out in the most insightful ways. When he talks about his life growing up. His relationships with his mom, dad, sister, and wrestling coach. How he developed his work ethic. His insights. His integrity. And how it all led up to his publicized life as a professional MMA fighter, a politician, and now an author. Really a fascinating book on the man, the previous myth, Chael Sonnen.
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