'Tyson and I: a journey through life and anger' is part biography of the former undisputed heavyweight champion, part autobiography of the author's own life and an examination of addictions, anger and destructive relationships, interspersed - incredibly - with humour! The abusive behaviour and anger-management problems of the author are compared with the violent rages and anti-social traits of the iconic heavyweight boxing champ and their conflicting reasons for deviant behaviour are examined and parallel lives contrasted via Tyson's in-and-out of the ring escapades and the author's own journey through legal and illegal means of employment, encompassing debt-collecting, massage parlours and petty crime.It's also an examination of human frailties and harmful reactions to life's disappointments but told from a perspective of humour which lightens the violence, mayhem and sex-and-alcohol addictions of the protagonists. The book details events from 1986 to 2007 and covers the highs and lows of Mike Tyson's sensational boxing career and turbulent personal life and the transformation of the author's psyche, via a period of alcohol abuse and violence, through life-changing analyses of their respective actions and their root causes.The book investigates racism; links between genetics and learned behaviour; the effects of childhood incidents upon the adult mind and the ability to learn to understand and control previously debilitating emotions.Ultimately, this book can be viewed on many different levels; as an overview of the career of one of the iconic all-time greats of boxing; as a guide to dealing with anger-management issues; as an examination of race in today's society; an honest analysis of destructive addictions or, simply, as an enjoyable and amusing read.You be the judge!
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David Weeks has been a graphic designer, supermarket manager, fork-lift truck driver, portrait artist, martial arts and fitness instructor and has worked with adults and children with disabilities for the last thirteen years.David has also been a debt-collector, petty thief, abuser of alcohol and humans, amateur sociopath, run a massage parlour, run a temperature, run for a bus once (but never again...the passengers laugh at you when you miss it!), slept with a lot of emotionally unstable women with dubious STD status but continues to refer to these as "good times," despite all the evidence to the contrary. He's lived, he's laughed and cried, he's had his fill, his share of losing...oh,no, hang on, that was Sinatra!Anyway, he's been a boxing fan for most of his life and was captivated by the violent enigma that was 'Iron' Mike Tyson. Struck by the similarities between his own erratic emotional behaviour and Tyson's, David decided to write this book as a guide to anyone who has anger-management problems, abusive personalities, an interest in boxing, or who simply want to enjoy a 'good read and a laugh'.David's hobby is being sarcastic to anyone who deserves it. He's got other hobbies but this is his favourite and comforts him on cold, dark nights!He now lives in peaceful contentment - although some idiot always comes along to ruin it - has three children but isn't allowed to own a dog because Maggie doesn't like them. (Although I've just seen a nice German Shepherd advertised...stay tuned for my next volume: 'LIFE ON THE STREETS, WITH JUST THAT BLOODY DOG FOR COMPANY.')
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