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Atlas: From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man

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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

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Harper Paperbacks (first published May 1st 2006)
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Sunny
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
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 docto ...more
Jason
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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Jack
Sep 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
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 nev ...more
Joseph Hirsch
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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JT
Apr 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Biography
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 li ...more
Karson
Feb 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 def ...more
Michael
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most entertaining biographies I have ever read. Atlas is a force of nature.
R.Friend
Dec 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, biography
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 ...more
WTD JR
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Eve
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Kym Robinson
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boxing
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 exa
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Joshua
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fight fans, staten islanders
Recommended to Joshua by: nobody
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 traine ...more
Bax
Jun 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boxing, autobiography
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.
Peter B
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I enjoyed Teddy's insight on Friday Night Fights. I had no idea his story was so interesting.
Raj
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Couldn'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
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
What a great telling of the story of one of the most interesting men in America.
David
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of good macho male psychology insights. Perfect.
Joe
Sep 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Backstage look into boxing and Teddy's world around it.
This book is full of testosterone.
Great read!
Alex
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book by true warrior. I couldn't lay it off. Teddy is the Man.
Robert Vertrees
Dec 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody familiar with boxing or interested in fantastic reading
This book almost prevented me from Christmas shopping - I'm having a hard time putting it down. A non-stop heart-tugger...
Roger
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book and a must read for anyone, especially those who follow the sport of boxing.
Liam Higham
Sep 04, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Lori
Aug 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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