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"Of all the people who have affected by my life and influence the choices I've made, none has been more important than my father."So begins the autobiography of legendary boxing trainer and commentator Teddy Atlas, who grew from the rebellious son of a doctor to a man who embraces, and lives by, his father's values and code.In this gritty, spellbinding tale, Atlas recounts"Of all the people who have affected by my life and influence the choices I've made, none has been more important than my father."So begins the autobiography of legendary boxing trainer and commentator Teddy Atlas, who grew from the rebellious son of a doctor to a man who embraces, and lives by, his father's values and code.In this gritty, spellbinding tale, Atlas recounts his fascinating life -- as a juvenile delinquent on the streets of Staten Island; as a boxer and Golden Gloves champion under the tutelage of famed trainer Cus D'Amato; as a companion to the dangerous, unpredictable Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, up until the day Gravano turned rat and brought down crime boss John Gotti; and as a trainer of champions and contenders, among them fourteen-year-old Mike Tyson and heavyweight Michael Moorer, whom he led to the crown with a win over Evander Holyfield.Equally engrossing are Teddy Atlas's accounts of training dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp for her successful comeback at age forty-two; his work with actor Willem Dafoe, preparing him for his role as a concentration camp boxer in the film Triumph of the Spirit; his journey to Poland to choreograph the film's boxing scenes; and his own performance in movies such as Play It to the Bone. In sharing his stories, Atlas reveals the philosophy by which he lives.Like Teddy Atlas -- inimitable, tough, honest, and wise -- this book inspires. It is about so much more than boxing. It is a story of overcoming hardships, of compassion for those in need, of tremendous personal integrity, and of personal and professional triumph....

Title : Atlas: From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man
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ISBN : 9780060542405
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Atlas: From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man Reviews

  • Sunny
    2019-04-22 23:58

    Another ridiculously good boxing book. Teddy Atlas wasn’t a professional boxer himself but he had a tough tough youth and was under the aegis of the one and only Cus D’Amato who guided mike Tyson’s early career. Teddy was one of Tyson’s first ever trainers but that all changed when Tyson “touched up” one of Teddy’s wife’s younger sisters (aged 11) and in response teddy who was very young himself at the time put a gun to mike’s head and threatened to kill him. Teddy’s father was a respected doctor in the New York area and a huge influence in teddy’s own life. The opening line of the book is a one sentence eulogy in the memory of his father and the impact that his father had on his life. once when teddy had got into a fight and had a bar crack half his head open he rushed to his father’s A&E clinic but his father who had told teddy not to get involved with the wrong crowd made him wait his turn and was seen to after 3 hours had passed and he had lost a considerable amount of blood. He then stitched him up without using any local anaesthetic. Teddy would take the likes of Mike Tyson and other young boxers (Mike was 12 going on 32 when he first met him) into the Bronx to fight on certain nights and on one occasion had Mike signed up to fight against another fighter. As you may expect the fight ended in favour of young Mike but the punch that knocked out his opponent was hit so hard that people in the crowd heard a staccato of 4 clear and distinct sounds. 1 was the impact of the punch on the afro headed black opponent mike was facing. Second was the sound of his mouth guard flying out and hitting one of the walls of the relatively small hall where this amateur fight had taken place. Thirdly and incredibly was THE SOUND OF THE SWEAT AS IT LEFT THE AFRO HEADED POOR YOUTHS HEAD AND SQUELCHED AGAINST ONE OF THE BACK WALL. Yes you read that right … the punch was thrown so hard that the sweat rung off of the unfortunate man’s head and slammed against one of the side walls. The fourth sound was the sound of his body hitting the ground. Unbelievable.. Tyson was only about 15 at the time and his opponent was in his late 20s I believe. Teddy injured his back so took up training and after some relatively good professional boxers the book goes into his on off relationship with Michael Moorer. Moorer went on to defeat Evander Holyfield and become of the world heavyweight champions. If you look at the YouTube clips of Teddy Atlas working with Moorer in the corner between rounds of that fight with Holyfield you have a very interesting example of motivational speaking. Aggressive and to the point and not for everyone but it’s exactly what Moorer needed. He won the fight but eventually lost to a 44 year old George foreman to a punch that Teddy had been warning Moorer about for months leading up to the fight itself. I could go on recounting about another 30/40 interesting episodes and incidences in this extraordinary man’s life but will allow you to read the book itself. Highly recommended if you are a sports fan or not.

  • Dennis
    2019-04-28 05:54

    A very interesting read about one of the most outspoken and influential trainers in boxing, about his ups and downs, his relations to various people and the one thing that he arguably values the most: loyalty. Truly an inspiring story. However exactly these interactions are the one reason why I wouldn't recommend this book to everyone. Most figures Teddy encounters have something to do with boxing. And while Mike Tyson is a name everyone is familiar with, Lou Duva or Marvin Hagler do not ring a bell if you're not a fan of the sweet science. In the book, sadly, not every person is explained in such a matter as Cus D'amato is, for example, so readers not familiar with boxing might be left stumbling in the dark.

  • Jason
    2019-05-10 06:17

    Fans of boxing should know who Teddy Atlas is. Even if you don't recognize his face or know much about his career, you should know his voice. His thick New York-accent can be heard during "Friday Night Fights" and other ESPN boxing telecasts. At once both thuggish and wise, Teddy comes off as a boxing Yoda from the Bronx, a man who has an uncanny ability to look not only at a fighter's technique but into his heart, diagnosing whatever hang ups he might have that are obstacles to victory. His bio reads much the way he talks. It's simple, at times crude, but direct and to the point, something that has made Teddy a sought after commodity in the boxing world. He chronicles a rough and tumble youth that likely would have led to prison or death were it not for discovering boxing; he provides insight into personal mentor and great boxing trainer Cus D'mato and a tumultous young fighter named Mike Tyson; and he provides insight into other boxing characters and luminaries that fans and non-fans alike should find interesting, entertaining, and surprising. The ending comes quick, sequing directly from his training of former heavyweight champ Michael Moore to the present, working with his foundation and co-hosting Friday Night Fights. I thought there were missing details here that might have been illuminating, namely why he left training for a more peripheral role in boxing. While he addresses this, it is only briefly and I would have liked a little more.Other than that, a quick read and an enjoyable one, especially for boxing and sports fans.

  • Jack
    2019-05-05 04:01

    I'm no boxing fan. When the big matches come along I'll get a little intrigued. Still, no great shakes for me. However, Teddy Atlas's book was recommended to me by a friend who is REALLY into boxing. The beauty of it the book was that one need not know much about the sport because Atlas is really writing a life-lessons kind of book. Sure seems like he has been through a lot, so the story is interesting. A roughneck as a youngster, he had a MD doctor dad who was so busy helping others that he never paid enough attention to Teddy. Even so, Teddy loved his dad and after making some early mistakes, he cleaned up his act and found a new life in boxing as a trainer. When I was a teenager, Mike Tyson was all the rage (packaged in a lot of rage too). Teddy helped train Tyson early in Tyson's career, so it was interesting to read about some of the back stories there. Not so much a spoiler alert, by Tyson wasn't really a decent guy. Also, reading about Michael Moorer, George Foreman, and a few other names I have heard of was interesting. Teddy seems like a decent guy. Also very angry. Probably not wise to end up on his bad side. He needs to give people a little more slack. At the very least, he can lay off a little of the "I'm better than everyone else I have come in contact with." It's hard to buy how serious he takes personal morals when he hung out with murderers like Sammy the Bull. But he's still a great guy with an interesting story to tell, and he does so in an extremely easy to read format. Not bad for a sport I don't really care about.

  • Joseph Hirsch
    2019-05-11 05:52

    This is one of those compulsively readable books, probably due to how honest the author is about his own mistakes and shortcomings. Teddy Atlas has led a storied life and spares no details in this book (I almost wrote "pulls no punches" but I'll save the corniness for another review). Atlas came from an upper-middle class Jewish family, headed by a father who was a doctor more devoted to his patients than to the care of his wife and children. Teddy didn't find the attention he sought at home, so he went out into the streets, mixing it up in the housing projects of Stapleton, Staten Island. He pulled armed robberies and got in fights. One of these exchanges left him with a wound that required four-hundred stitches, and left a scar that became the defining feature of his face.Atlas charts his journey from jail to upstate New York (where he worked under the tutelage of legendary trainer Cus D'Amato), on into his years working with future heavyweight kingpin Mike Tyson. The book is liberally peppered with Atlas's wisdom and philosophy as it applies to life both inside the ring and life in general."Atlas" carries a coauthor tag, but Teddy's gruff voice is unmistakably etched into each page of the book. This is right up there with Thomas Hauser's "Black Lights" and Joyce Carol Oates' "On Boxing." It's that good. Highest Recommendation.

  • JT
    2019-05-20 01:06

    Great life story. Personally I'm not a fan of biography's of any sort. To me though Teddy Atlas is the best boxing commentator in the business. You always hear great insight, obviously about the sweet science of boxing, but he also talks off the cuff about how it applies to life and how you should handle yourself inside and outside of the ring. By reading his story, seeing how his life lead him to be the man he is today, I was glad I took the time to actually pick the book up and read it. His life is truly interesting and it is written to keep you interested. From his rough and tumble childhood, to his start in boxing, to him being the trainer of the Heavyweight Champion of the World, this mans story is one I think every guy should read. Today everyone makes excuses for why they can't handle this or that in life. It is the pansy generation if you ask me, too much a sense of self entitlement. This mans book is a small fight against that and I think should be required reading for every high school kid out there. Hopefully they'd learn something that their parents obviously aren't teaching them anymore.

  • Karson
    2019-05-23 06:08

    This book was really good. Teddy Atlas is quite a character and someone i would not have wanted to meet on the streets in his younger years. He is a natural storyteller and his voice comes through definitively. A critique: He seems to paint himself as 'the good guy' in any unresolved conflicts he had throughout his career. He placed himself on the good side of too many arguments and by the end of the book I questioned the total validity of his point of view in some of the situations. I could definitely see him doing some pretty ugly things if he felt crossed by someone. His family story was pretty crazy, his sections about training young Tyson were great, and his work with the almost mythical trainer Cus D'Amato was fascinating. The book, however, got less interesting as it went on. His experiences as a struggling street kid then boxing trainer were a hundred times more interesting then his accounts of training with Michael Moorer. I liked the gritty parts more than the bright lights flashy flashy parts. Very qoutable and memorable however.

  • Michael
    2019-05-05 08:12

    One of the most entertaining biographies I have ever read. Atlas is a force of nature.

  • R.Friend
    2019-05-17 05:56

    I've always liked Teddy Atlas' down-to-Earth nature and unparalleled boxing insight. He's one of the few genuine articles—a guy who knows what he's talking about, but doesn't purport to be smarter than he actually is. His frequent slips of the tongue ("You don't have to be Notre Damus to predict..."; "...and that left hook was the koop da' grace...") are more endearing than they are distracting, and they only serve to remind the viewer that this is a man who grew up with considerably more street smarts than book smarts.And it's the story of that hard knocks education that makes this book so fascinating. Most have heard of Atlas' legendary (and doomed) collaboration with the young Mike Tyson—whom Atlas had helped groom into the dominating force he initially became. But even before his boxing career began, Teddy Atlas lived through some extraordinary experiences. His book is at once surprising, touching, and inspiring. A good story, and one not limited to boxing fans.

  • WTD JR
    2019-05-06 04:57

    Incredible, hard hitting look at Teddy Atlas and boxing. If you enjoy the sport then you must know Teddy Atlas and like him or not, he always shoots from the hip.The book essentially operates at three levels: it chronicles his troubled youth and gives insight into his past and reasons for his missteps. He then takes that and delves further into the human psyche and mixes boxing, fear and human behavior. These factors are then explored in everyone from street thugs and gangsters to pugilists. Even if you are no fight fan, the book is worth a read insofar as its look at human nature.He goes after quite a few people in the book but is pretty fair. The whole Tyson incident occupies only a few pages. This surprised me at first and actually I was expecting more, but why give the Tyson of that era the ink?The author also did an excellent job. He made it sound like it was Teddy Atlas reading the pages to you. I'll now be checking out some of his other books.

  • Kym Robinson
    2019-05-10 07:14

    I find that Atlas is a guy that those who have never fought seem to gobble up his every word. I do not dislike Teddy but I find that he seems to celebrate himself a lot more than those who have employed him seem to. I think this book is a worthwhile read and will help you to understand and appreciate the man some, but the book seems to avoid some fights and moments that one would prefer to read about while it goes into detail about incidents that are less than interesting to a fight fan. For example the training of Willem Defoe, sure this is a fun trivia point but I felt a bit too much was spent on this event.In any case I do suggest fight and Teddy fans to read this book. I am glad I read it but I was not overly impressed with it and did not complete it with a feeling I gained any extra knowledge or insight from this book. 45 %

  • Joshua
    2019-05-24 04:55

    Teddy Atlas is legend. I have always like him as a commentator and surely was amused by his tactics during the Michael Moorer Vs. Evander Holyfield Championship bout. I could not put this book down, it is brutally honest and I learned all there is to know about Teddy. Everybody could take something away from this book, but i think fight fans would enjoy it the most. Teddy Atlas is a fighter, i'm convinced that if he didn't have back problems then he would be a champion. His abilities as a trainer reign supreme though and he really builds up a fighters mental strength which he claims is "80% of the fight."I really liked this book and blew through it in a couple of days. Yay boxing.

  • Bax
    2019-05-11 03:01

    An example of how fine a ghostwritten biography can be when the ghostwriter bends their effort to capturing the 'voice' of their subject instead of relying on a dry re-telling of their story.It was a much better read than I expected- I knew Atlas had lived an eventful life and dealt with a menagerie of fascinating characters, but the quality of the prose and the engaging tone of the book caught me by surprise.

  • B
    2019-05-22 06:13

    Great life lessons from a guy that has been inside of one of the most competitive sports. It's probably interesting if you are into boxing, but I loved it for the insights into competitive fighter psychology, which could apply to a lot of other fields and situations.

  • Brad Nunn
    2019-05-11 05:16

    I read this book because I enjoyed Teddy's insight on Friday Night Fights. I had no idea his story was so interesting.

  • Raj
    2019-05-09 05:21

    Great readCouldn't put this down from front to back. An insightful and motivational read for anyone. Not too long and enough detail to keep you interested

  • Katrina
    2019-05-14 03:00

    Boxing fans will LOVE this book. Teddy Atlas is a well known figure in the boxing community and also happens to be Mike Tyson's former trainer. Atlas has had one exciting life. Good stuff.

  • Jeremy Christian
    2019-05-01 07:53

    What a great telling of the story of one of the most interesting men in America.

  • David
    2019-04-23 05:21

    Lots of good macho male psychology insights. Perfect.

  • Joe
    2019-04-26 00:13

    A Backstage look into boxing and Teddy's world around it. This book is full of testosterone.Great read!

  • Alex
    2019-05-19 01:54

    Great book by true warrior. I couldn't lay it off. Teddy is the Man.

  • Robert Vertrees
    2019-05-24 02:11

    This book almost prevented me from Christmas shopping - I'm having a hard time putting it down. A non-stop heart-tugger...

  • Roger
    2019-04-25 02:22

    This is a great book and a must read for anyone, especially those who follow the sport of boxing.

  • Liam Higham
    2019-04-30 04:10

    How do I read it anyne

  • Lori
    2019-05-16 06:22

    recently finished it -- it had been on my to read list for a while ... I really enjoyed it -- even if you don't follow boxing -- I think that the insights he offers are worth the read