Mike Tyson's life story is the gift that keeps giving.
And giving. And giving.
At one time he was the baddest man on the planet, a heavyweight champion who terrorized anyone who got in his way, inside the ring or out. More recently he's unburdened himself as perhaps the most tortured soul on earth, with a one-man show on Broadway that Spike Lee has turned into an HBO special airing Nov. 16.
It turns out that Tyson didn't tell us everything. Not to worry, because he's taken care of that in a hefty autobiography that might be the most soul baring book of its genre ever written.
"How do you rape someone when they come to your hotel room at two in the morning?" he asks.
Even in prison he got his fill, he says, first with visitors and then with a prison drug counselor who suddenly became available after Tyson had $10,000 sent to her home to fix her roof.
"I was having so much sex that I was too tired to even to go the gym and work out," Tyson wrote. "I'd just stay in my cell all day."
The book is in Tyson's voice but written by Larry Sloman offers a fascinating look into a life that up until now had already been well chronicled. It's raw, and so profane that Tyson needs to explain some of the terms he uses for women and blacks in a separate chapter at the end.
But it is also quite funny in parts, like the time Tyson forgot about a suitcase that contained $1 million in cash, only to have one of his gofers find it a week later.
"I had had a rough night in the city and had forgotten where I left it," Tyson said.
Or when Monica Turner finally tired of his ways and filed for divorce.
"I guess she had had enough of my fooling around because I sure did a lot of it," Tyson said. "Calling to tell her I had AIDS probably didn't help either."
Tyson is brutal on himself throughout the book, despairing of his lack of self-control and feelings of inadequacy. But he's equally brutal about the people around him in a career that made him more than $300 million, yet left him so broke today that he says he will never be able to pay off his IRS debts.