The strange saga of Mike Tyson is placed in stark relief by seasoned Sports Illustrated
writer Richard Hoffer. Since his release from prison, Tyson has been at the center of a bizarre struggle to reclaim the heavyweight title without a noteworthy sporting moment--except for the infamous ear-biting episode. With wit and insight, Hoffer delineates the self-serving antics of the many handlers glomming on to the fighter, the insidious machinations of promoter Don King, and the confused behavior of Tyson himself.
From Library Journal
This lively account by Sports Illustrated writer Hoffer of Mike Tyson's second act?the $135 million made from the time of his 1994 prison release through his public self-destruction against Evander Holyfield last June?is that rare thing in celebrity-driven publishing: the thoughtful, readable quickie book. Hoffer may have turned this out in a hurry, but he's ruminated on Tyson for years and covered the large-scale cons perpetrated by his promoter, Don King. Whether you see Tyson as King's sad but wealthy pawn or a cynical co-conspirator, Hoffer's book gives an excellent picture of high-stakes dealmaking in Las Vegas, where casino owners would put up with anything from King for the prize attraction of Tyson, who remained TV's biggest pay-per-view draw even while menacing a series of comeback stiffs. By the time he met the prayerful, unshakable Holyfield, it was too late to realize the gamblers who still overwhelmingly backed Tyson had been wrong. A fine coda to Jack Newfield's Only in America: The Life and Crimes of Don King (Morrow, 1995).?Nathan Ward, "Library Journal"
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