Atlas: From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man
"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...more
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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 ...more
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. Eve ...more
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 exa ...more
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.