Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

  • List Price: $19.00
  • Save: $2.92 (15%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Bad Intentions: The Mike ... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Very good overall condition. No writing, very tight binding. Ships same day or next well protected.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Bad Intentions: The Mike Tyson Story Paperback – August 22, 1995

4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$16.08
$4.82 $0.02

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
$16.08 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Bad Intentions: The Mike Tyson Story
  • +
  • Undisputed Truth
Total price: $30.64
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Born and raised in a Brooklyn ghetto, then sent to a reform school where he learned the rudiments of boxing, Tyson at age 14 became the protege of legendary manager Cus D'Amato, who offered training in fisticuffs and social behavior. The former training succeeded, as D'Amato predicted, in Tyson's becoming the world heavyweight champion; the latter, according to ABC sports producer Heller ( In This Corner ), has proven less satisfactory. Heller traces the champion's meteoric rise to the top, examining the role various boxing associations have played in Tyson's life. Also discussed are individuals important in Tyson's history, including Don King, his current mentor, and ex-wife Robin Givens and her mother, whose alleged venality Heller tends to soft-pedal. The result is a thorough, rather bland book. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The proliferation of publications focusing on successful boxer Mike Tyson continues with this comprehensive account of his life both in and out of the ring. The author, who is a television sports producer, concentrates on the characters and personalities that helped shape the man; they range from street toughs to tutors, trainers, business associates, and relatives. He particularly dwells on the players left behind (dumped)--the many who assisted in Tyson's transformation from neighborhood bully to world champion. Whereas Phil Berger's Blood Season ( LJ 6/15/89) focused more on the business battles and Jose Torres's Fire and Fear see Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/89 on Tyson's highly publicized character traits, Heller's book presents the entire package, providing the most definitive account yet of the young fighter's life.
- William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Updtd Da Capo PR ed. edition (August 22, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030680669X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306806698
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,289,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
You Must Throw Every Punch With Bad Intentions
4.75 Stars
Bad Intentions - more than just a title - it's a D'Amato philosophy.
A great quote from Cus D'Amato that stuck with throughout the book and after:
"No matter what anyone says, no matter the excuse or explanation, whatever a person does in the end is what he intended to do all along."
Really a fantastic book from the beginning - Tyson as a kid - Cus & The Kid all the way to where it ends - the rape trial and conviction. This is a great read and an attention-grabbing perspective on Tyson and those around him.
You get a deeper look at and much needed tour of D'Amato, Jacobs, Cayton, Rooney and the entire original Team Tyson line up - I can't help but wish that Mike stayed with them. These people really seemed to have his best interest in mind and truly loved him.
My one complaint is Heller's take on the rape trial - I felt he did a horrible job with the review of details and happenings - to say that Tyson's lawyer was of the same caliber of Clarence Darrow - PLEASE - the guy was Don Kings TAX attorney - he had no business defending Tyson - there were witnesses not allowed to testify, his strategy was ridiculous and there are other issues that I just wont include in this review...
I recommend this book and once I finished I wish there was more. I found it complete (for the time it covered), thorough and mostly accurate (except the trial/conviction) - it's one of those books where you feel part of the story.
Both the Tyson fan and non-fan can enjoy this book.
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
'Bad Intentions: The Mike Tyson Story' is an enthralling account of the boxer's rise and fall. Peter Niels Heller's assiduous scholarship and precise analyses combine to create a portrait that is both compelling and frightening. Drawn into professional boxing at the age of 19, Tyson quickly established himself as the boxer to beat. No-one could. Ultimately, he defeated himself, being sentenced to six years in prison in 1992. However, rather than surrender to the nihilism of incarceration, Tyson fought back. As Heller says on page 126, 'He was on his personal canvas, the Celestial Referee was about to count 9, and then it happened; Tyson stood up, bowed but unbeaten. With renewed energy, he determined that he would change; become a better person. The miracle had begun, and within a month he was working on a lathe in the carpentry shop, turning himself into a model prisoner first, a fruit bowl second and finally an elaborate rocking horse. So impressed were the authorities that they gave the boxer early release and a free white ant inspection.'
These days, Tyson continues to be an ornament, proudly positioned on Don King's mantlepiece.
1 Comment 19 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book on Tyson's career which was basically over after the Douglas fight. The only thing that really bothered me about Heller's treatment of the material was his not condemning Jacobs and Cayton. He gives them a free pass completely. He treats these guys like they were just good guys looking out for Mike's interests. That is not true. There is an old adage in business that Warren Buffet always points out: You can spend your whole life building and maintaining your integrity/credibility and lose it in an instant...then once its gone you never get it back. This is what happened:

In the early 80's Jacobs found out he had a serious form of leukemia which left patients 7 years to live on average. By late 1987 his illness was getting worse and he knew he would probably be dead in 6-12 months. He never told Tyson anything about his illness, absolutely nothing. Instead, he and Cayton decided to have Mike sign new contracts in Feb. 1988 that allowed their spouses, in the event of their deaths, to collect on anything Mike would make until 1992 Mike was very close to Jacobs and trusted him completely, he never considered having his own attorney or accountant look at the new contracts and advise him. He just signed them as Jacobs and Cayton asked. This was HIGHLY unethical behavior (probably fraudulent) on the part of Jacobs/Cayton. Considering Jacobs friendship with Mike it was really disgusting.

What the managers never counted on was an outside party who would take a look at Mike's business affairs. Well, enter Robin Givens and her mother. They were the ones who got Mike to hire his own attorney and accountants, and they discovered what was in the contracts. Once Mike found out he wanted nothing to do with Bill Cayton.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Mike Tyson is so fundamentally interesting that any book about him that even states the facts is going to be fascinating. The book does a good job of describing the boxing scene at the time of and the complexity of the figures surrounding Tyson's early life. Tyson is a paradox. He was sensitive and loved his pigeons, bullied as a child for his lisp, but then grew to be a violent criminal by age 10. He is at times intelligent, articulate, victimized, but acts crazily, ruled by his emotions, and often doesn't hesitate to abuse others. D'Amato is both Tyson's rescuer and exploiter, a paradox of a person himself, both idealistic and seemingly selfless but also with tunnel vision in regard to his priorities. This book recounts what happens to a person who becomes totally unbalanced: #1 in the world at such a young age (few can understand what it's like to be #1 in the world at anything, not to mention such a public and violent sport as boxing) but immature and unstable in so many other aspects of his personality and ability. Tyson's mentors emphasized his strengths but his weaknesses were ignored so that they ultimately destroyed him. His relationships with women, especially his wife Givens, depicts a man who starved for love but who doesn't know how to show it or recognize it- he gives Givens everything and allows her to control his life and money but cannot stop cheating on her and can't see that she's using him. Maybe all his relationships had been exploitive for so long he viewed use as part of love. A few good people around him try to guide him but they can't rescue or control someone so imbalanced. The portrayals of the people surrounding Tyson are thorough and fascinating and I end up feeling sorry for everyone in this whole book.Read more ›
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Bad Intentions: The Mike Tyson Story
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Bad Intentions: The Mike Tyson Story

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: boxing biography