On November 15, 1985, Mike Tyson was living in Catskill, New York. That was when I visited him for the first time. In the years since, I interviewed Tyson in limousines, restaurants, TV studios, his East 40th Street apartment in New York, casinos, at press conferences and at the office of his managers, and over long-distance telephone wires. While talking to the press had never been Tyson's idea of R&R, he was almost always professional and, when in the mood, could be quite revealing.
This book was also aided by the cooperation of those closely involved with the business of boxing: Tyson's managers, Bill Cayton and the late Jim Jacobs; his trainer, Kevin Rooney; his cut man, Matt Baranski; his aide-de-camp, Steve Lott; his "adopted" mother, Camille Ewald; his ex-wife, Robin Givens; his ex-mother-in-law, Ruth Roper (and her associate Olga Rosario); his friends Rory Holloway and Jay Bright; promoters Don King (and his director of boxing, Al Braverman), Butch Lewis (and his spokesman, Rock Newman), Dan Duva, Bob Arum, Cedric Kushner, Lucien Chen, Sam Glass, Loren Cassina, Stan Hoffman, and Jeff Levine.
Thanks also go to Mike Rakosi, and managers Dennis Rappaport, Mike Jones, Lou Duva, Shelly Finkel, Alan Kornberg, Carl King,