Nurture of the Beast
Cashmore's eviscerating analysis of Tyson's life and the culturein which he grew up, rose to prominence and descended into disgraceprovokes the reader into re-thinking the role of one of the mostcontroversial and infamous figures of recent history. Told as anodyssey-style homeward journey to Tyson's multi-pathologicalorigins in the racially-explosive ghettos of the 1960s, Tyson'sstory is part biography, part tragedy and part exposition. Hisassociations with people like Al Sharpton, Don King and TupacShakur shaped his life; and events, such as the O J Simpson trialand the Rodney King riots, formed a turbulent background for theTyson psychodrama.
Over the course of an epic boxing career, Tyson was transformedfrom the most celebrated athlete on earth to a primal, malevolenthate-figure. Yet, even after being condemned as a brute, Tysonretained a power - a power to captivate. Cashmore reveals that thesources of that power lie as much in us as in Tyson himself.
288 pages; ISBN 9780745657332
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Author: Ellis Cashmore
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