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Atlas by Teddy Atlas
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Dec 08, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, sports
Read in January, 2006

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.
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