House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge

House of Nails A Memoir of Life on the Edge In one of the wildest and most entertaining sports memoirs that will ever be published legendary center fielder Lenny Dykstra offers a no holds barred account of his larger than life journey a Shake

  • Title: House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge
  • Author: Lenny Dykstra Peter Golenbock
  • ISBN: 9780062407368
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Hardcover
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    In one of the wildest and most entertaining sports memoirs that will ever be published, legendary center fielder Lenny Dykstra offers a no holds barred account of his larger than life journey, a Shakespearian tale of highs and lows spanning his years with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, through his headline filled post baseball career.Nicknamed Nails for hisIn one of the wildest and most entertaining sports memoirs that will ever be published, legendary center fielder Lenny Dykstra offers a no holds barred account of his larger than life journey, a Shakespearian tale of highs and lows spanning his years with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, through his headline filled post baseball career.Nicknamed Nails for his toughness and grit, Lenny Dykstra approached the game of baseball and his after hours activities with mythic intensity In his decade in the majors 1985 1996 , he was named to three All Star teams and played in two of the most memorable World Series of the modern era winning the championship with the iconic 1986 New York Mets, and playing a starring role in the 1993 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies, a Fall Classic that inspired Roger Angell to write, This series will linger in mind not just for its immoderate events but for its panoply of featured players and character actors a double touring company seemingly assembled by Hogarth or Fellini Known for his clutch hits, high on base percentage, and aggressive defense, Lenny was later identified as the prototypical Moneyball player by his former minor league roommate Billy Beane Tobacco stained, steroid powered, and booze and drug fueled, Nails also defined 80s and early 90s baseball s culture of excess.Then came a second act no novelist could plausibly conjure He threw his energies into several lucrative businesses, was touted as an investment guru by Jim Cramer, and launched a magazine for professional athletes The New Yorker ran a 5,000 word profile under the headline baseball s most improbable post career success story But when the real estate bubble burst, Lenny lost everything, eventually serving two and a half years in prison for bankruptcy fraud Now, he s ready to tell all.An epic tale of winning big and losing it all, Lennyball is the eagerly anticipated first hand account of a most remarkable American life.

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    • Terynce says:

      What a tool. Self-centered, egotistical, nightmare of a human being. Professional athlete and all, but gracious me. I was expecting him to explain how he single handedly ended the Strike/Lockout of '94 by demanding a meeting where he could address the players. It's lucky he was as good at baseball as he was because he has, apparently, nothing else to offer in the way of personality or literary talent. "Felt like I had a 15 inch cock" or "cock-swinging Gulfstream" is the extent of his figurative [...]

    • Lindsay says:

      Things you will learn about Lenny Dykstra in this book:1. That his uncle played on the Red Wings in the 1950s & helped win the Stanley Cups2. How he (Lenny, not Uncle Tony) lost his virginity3. That he is incapable of using any other word but "pussy" to describe women4. He tried to get Charlie Sheen clean but it didn't work 5. That he is apparently a self-taught investment whiz kid6. Despite his amazing financial skills, he went to prison for bankruptcy fraud 7. That he didn't read any books [...]

    • Barry Bridges says:

      I have to admit that I did not finish the book. I write this to protect other readers. Don't buy the hype and don't waste your time. It is not even worth one star. I kept plowing ahead, hoping to find what Stephen King liked about it enough to write a blurb. The only reason I can find that he would do so is he owed the publisher some kind of favor or was being held for ransom. I love a good sports story and I love baseball. I am not so blind as to think my sports heroes are perfect gentlemen, so [...]

    • Brett Rohlwing says:

      Jeez, what an enormous asshole.I didn't expect much beyond bragging and self-absorption from former Mets and Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra, member of the 1986 World Champion Mets squad. And that's what I got. I hoped to learn a bit more about his post-baseball life as an entrepreneur and investing guru (careers which both landed in the toilet after a grand theft auto conviction - long story), but he had nothing to offer there except excuses and evasions. Lame.The book is nothing more than a [...]

    • Mike says:

      OK, I'm going to lead with the good. As a dedicated Mets fan up through the mid-90s and an obsessive baseball fan up until I became a dad a few years ago, it's great reading some insight into one of the most colorful characters around. I will give Lenny that. And the book is certainly entertaining in the way that I kept turning to my wife and saying, "Oh my God, you have to read this page."Here's the bad. Lenny is such a pig in so many ways, I just felt gross reading the book. If you love Donald [...]

    • Lance Cornell says:

      Nails nailed it more than one way!I've got to say that I loved Dykstra as a ball player. If all athletes gave it what he gave the games would be so much more entertaining. As a person though😬Cocky, arrogant, egotistical, brash, crass, lewdd a handful of other not so flattering adjectives describe could be used to describe him. Not someone I would hang out with but that I didn't judge his book based on his character.The book was good, especially the parts about baseball. The fact that he didn' [...]

    • Greg says:

      I suppose it takes all types to make the baseball world go round, but I could have given this one a miss and been no poorer for it. Everything you need to know about Lenny's world is here: **The self-aggrandizement**The bromance with Charlie Sheen**The lame excuse for cheating with PEDs (lots of other guys were)**The preposterous excuse for cheating with PEDs (it was the only way I could provide for my family)**The fixation with large penises: “I felt like I had a 15-inch cock;" “…a 14-inc [...]

    • Mayra says:

      I finished this book in a day while vacationing. It's a remedially told story, with holes large enough to fit a semi, but interesting due to the baseball nuggets Lenny managed to uncover for us. It's a tale of a narcissistic athlete first and baseball second. The baseball portion which covers Dykstra's careers in high school, the Mets and Phillies is delicious and left me wanting more of that. His lack of awareness really began to grate my nerves towards the end, but there was a redeeming moment [...]

    • Mike Kennedy says:

      I can sum up Lenny Dykstra in three words.Ego, Ego, and Ego. He might have a bigger ego than our current president. Will give him credit, he is very persistent and driven. The book covers Dykstra from his youth through present day. If half of his stories are to be believed (not sure if They should be, although some of it is public record), he has led one heck of an interesting life. I should replace heck with some other four letter words to better reflect the author's writing style. To say Lenny [...]

    • Jim Patton says:

      Dude worked and played HARD!! Not sure we are seeing the whole story on his bankruptcy troubles, but he certainly held very little back on everything else.

    • Erin says:

      I am giving this book three stars because it was highly readable and the first half was really interesting. However, the second half was downright depressing. I was 11 years old in 1986 and I was a huge Mets fan. So I was curious to read what happened to Lenny Dykstra in his own words. He was one of my family's favorite players (We had that Nails poster hanging up and seeing it in the photo section gave me a smile). My aunt even changed alliance to the Phillies when he was traded. That being sai [...]

    • Alex Rivas says:

      A tell all and blunt account of Lenny Dykstra, a scrappy center fielder for the World Champion New York Mets in 1986 and the runner ups Phillies in 1993.Very entertaining read, not a dull page in the book, highly recommended to baseball fans.Favorite Quote "Don't give up your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you" John Wooden.

    • Matthew Stetz says:

      I call bullshit on some of his stories but some were still funny.

    • David Hallstrom says:

      I read this book in a day. Not exactly demanding literature. The book offered a lot of promise and began very well but failed miserably at the end. I was a Phillies season-ticket holder and 1993 was one of my favorite seasons. Dykstra was a big part of what made that season so special. The book is engaging when he is writing about baseball. He obviously loved the game and speaks well of most of his teammates and managers. But it is the off-the-field stories where the book fails. Too many of the [...]

    • Bill Krieger says:

      Lenny Dykstra is: 1) completely out of control, and 2) as selfish a person as I've read about. He manically pursued his baseball career and booze, drugs, gambling, women, fame, etc. Like any addict, Lenny has tons of excuses about the havoc he wreaks on himself and those close to him. It all leads to a very unflattering tale of self-destruction.But Lenny has one thing going for him: his stories. Oh, and one more thing: Lenny has no filter. He'll say the craziest, most obnoxious stuff without bli [...]

    • Kevin says:

      I'm torn on how to rate this book (2 r 3 stars) as the story was somewhat interesting yet written (Lenny, here is an example of an adverb-->) poorly. His editor should have informed Lenny that adverbs and adjectives are different words. "More important," adjectives in place of adverbs were used "constant" throughout this book. I was a Mets nut in the '80s through 2000. I was saddened the day he and Roger McDowell were traded to Philadelphia for Juan Samuel (who?) in 1989.Lenny has a toxic and [...]

    • Rory Costello says:

      Going in, my interest was rubberneckingd that is indeed what I got. It's little surprise that Donald Trump is mentioned at a couple of points in this story, including a Trump quote to introduce one chapter. Lenny Dykstra is incredibly crass. His love of gauche conspicuous consumption is nearly on par with the 45th President's. His view of women is quite similar. Despite what he says about being a straight shooter, he still comes across as a BS artist much of the time. Yet there is an essential d [...]

    • Jeremy Silver says:

      This is one of the worst books I've ever read. It's one of those memoirs that you find yourself getting angry as you read it. Mr. Dykstra comes off as one of the biggest pieces of shit I've ever read a book about. I admired the way he played baseball and I was hoping this would be more of a story of redemption, but really it just shows that he is an arrogant prick who is quick to take all the credit for anything that went right for him or with other people around him, yet quick to deny fault whe [...]

    • Danny says:

      A little conflicted on this one. It was an entertaining read and covered a lot of players I used to collect baseball cards of. My main problem was Lenny just came off really unlikable. He has no problem bad mouthing ex teamates or friends or telling stories about Charlie Sheen, Michael Jordan and Robert Deniro that i'm sure they wouldn't want told. He tells stories of cheating on his wife while she thinks hes in rehab with no remorse. He credits any success in his career to steroids. He just was [...]

    • Mike Ely says:

      This is a very entertaining memoir by Lenny Nails Dykstra. I was a big fan of his during his playing days in the 80s and 90s as he played all out all of the time. And I followed his next career as an investment adviser talking with Cramer on CNBC during the 2000s. So I knew that this would be an interesting recap of his wild life. Dykstra tells it like it is and shares a lot of behind the scenes stories, good bad and ugly. I'd recommend this book to baseball fans especially, but also to anyone w [...]

    • Jon Moeller says:

      Just finished this book. If I put a baseball team together, Nails would be on that team. He is a grinder, a playmaker and a man that is all in and on a mission.Problem is, his life is lived the same way. This book is filled with his pride and extreme egotism. Reading this is like watching a plane circling-- waiting to crash into a train wreck. Yes, his life is and was that bad.I can only hope that he comes to grasp ahold of Christ's grace and mercy that will save his soul while filling it.

    • Dan says:

      I enjoyed this book a lot. Was not alive to watch him play but enjoyed the read. Yes he is self centered and considered an asshole but that does not take away from the reading. At least that didn't for me, who knew he was an asshole before reading the book. Book is a very easy read that basically has small stories. A ton of his life seems to be missing from the book but still entertaining to me.

    • Don says:

      I buy sports memoirs to be entertained--not looking for a moral compass, nor do I even need to like the author. Nails' book nailed 5 of the 6 key questions I use to evaluate any memoir: Who have you known? Who have you blown? Who do you hate? Who hates you? Who have you screwed? Who's screwed you? That said, those who are easily offended might want to stick to Norman Vincent Peale.

    • Matt says:

      The dude It's entertaining but oftentimes puzzling. I'm not sure how to separate reality from fiction with Dykstra. Loved him as a player and his story-telling is interesting, but again, what is real and what is exaggerated and/or completely fiction? Regardless, it's a light, quick, and entertaining read for baseball fans.

    • Mike says:

      While perhaps not quite reaching the level of Samuel Pepys, Lenny "Nails" Dykstra's memoir is no doubt a tour de force in the area of balls-out self revelation. He may be lying here and there, but not a page of this book is boring. You have to give Lenny that, at least.

    • Jim Blessing says:

      I took a chance and read a book about this baseball player. Unfortunately, based on the book, I really dislike him and also did not like the book.

    • G. Goodson says:

      Pretty darn good book!Takes up where the Mets left off. Funny but pretty serious book about the dark days of baseball and drugs!

    • Shannon Cole says:

      Some interesting parts for sure - but the story lacked depth in terms of details- especially surrounding his arrest and prison term. Felt like it was a grouping of brief stories but that’s it

    • Calwriter8966 says:

      Waste of time. Everything is someone else's fault. Lots of bragging and "my dick is bigger than your dick" stories that seem made up.

    • Gloria Feit says:

      In a very interesting autobiography, subtitled both “The Construction, The Demolition, The Resurrection” and “A Memoir of Life on the Edge,” this wonderful professional baseball player lays it all out on the line: His almost obsessive determination to play professional ball from his youngest days, through his accomplishing that and much more, setting all kinds of offensive records in the greatest game in sports (OK, I am not the most objective person in that regard), through his losing a [...]

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