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

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Harper Collins, May 2, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 278 pages
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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 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.

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I dont like boxing but liked this book.

User Review  - disi -

My husband loves boxing. I purchased this for him for Fathers Day 2006 and we both couldnt put it down. We both completely enjoyed it. He also purchased copies for his two bosses. Read full review

Worth every penny

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Im not a regular book reader and as soon as i picked this up it was hard to put it down. I wouldent only recomend this to a boxing fan. It is a testament to integrity and persaveranse. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Teddy Atlas works as a color analyst on ESPN's Friday Night Fights and was boxing commentator for NBC's coverage of the Olympic games in Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004). He is also founder and chairman of the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation, named for his father, which has raised and donated more than one million dollars to individuals and organizations in need.

Peter Alson is the author of the highly acclaimed memoir "Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie" and coauthor of "One of a Kind", a biography of the poker champion Stuey Ungar, and "Atlas: From the Street to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man". Alson's articles have appeared in many national magazines, including "Esquire, Playboy", and "The New York Times Magazine". He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Alice, and their daughter Eden.

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