House of Nails

House of Nails

Synopsis

"Tough, straight, upsetting, and strangely beautiful. One of the best sports autobiographies I've ever read. It comes from the heart." —Stephen King

Eclipsing the traditional sports memoir, House of Nails, by former world champion, multimillionaire entrepreneur, and imprisoned felon Lenny Dykstra, spins a tragicomic tale of Shakespearean proportions -- a relentlessly entertaining American epic that careens between the heights and the abyss.

Nicknamed "Nails" for his hustle and grit, Lenny approached the game of baseball -- and life -- with mythic intensity. During his decade in the majors as a center fielder for the legendary 1980s Mets and the 1990s Phillies, he was named to three All-Star teams and played in two of the most memorable World Series of the modern era. An overachiever known for his clutch hits, high on-base percentage, and aggressive defense, Lenny was later identified by his former minor-league roommate Billy Beane as the prototypical "Moneyball" player in Michael Lewis's bestseller. Tobacco-stained, steroid-powered, and booze-and-drug-fueled, Nails also defined a notorious era of excess in baseball.

Then came a second act no novelist could plausibly conjure: After retiring, Dykstra became a celebrated business mogul and investment guru. Touted as "one of the great ones" by CNBC's Jim Cramer, he became "baseball's most improbable post-career success story" (The New Yorker), purchasing a $17.5-million mansion and traveling the world by private jet. But when the economy imploded in 2008, Lenny lost everything. Then the feds moved in: convicted of bankruptcy fraud (unjustly, he contends), Lenny served two and a half harrowing years in prison, where he was the victim of a savage beating by prison guards that knocked out his front teeth.

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, channeling the bewildered fascination of many observers, declared that Lenny's outrageous rise and spectacular fall was "the greatest story that I have ever seen in my lifetime."

Now, for the first time, Lenny tells all about his tumultuous career, from battling through crippling pain to steroid use and drug addiction, to a life of indulgence and excess, then, an epic plunge and the long road back to redemption. Was Lenny's hard-charging, risk-it-all nature responsible for his success in baseball and business and his precipitous fall from grace? What lessons, if any, has he learned now that he has had time to think and reflect?

Hilarious, unflinchingly honest, and irresistibly readable, House of Nails makes no apologies and leaves nothing left unsaid.

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Chapters

  • 001 House of Nails
    Duration: 14s
  • 002 Prologue
    Duration: 04min
  • 003 Chapter 01
    Duration: 12min
  • 004 Chapter 02
    Duration: 24min
  • 005 Chapter 03
    Duration: 33min
  • 006 Chapter 04
    Duration: 12min
  • 007 Chapter 05
    Duration: 26min
  • 008 Chapter 06
    Duration: 26min
  • 009 Chapter 07
    Duration: 05min
  • 010 Chapter 08
    Duration: 13min
  • 011 Chapter 09
    Duration: 03min
  • 012 Chapter 10
    Duration: 11min
  • 013 Chapter 11
    Duration: 15min
  • 014 Chapter 12
    Duration: 11min
  • 015 Chapter 13
    Duration: 10min
  • 016 Chapter 14
    Duration: 28min
  • 017 Chapter 15
    Duration: 14min
  • 018 Chapter 16
    Duration: 17min
  • 019 Chapter 17
    Duration: 17min
  • 020 Chapter 18
    Duration: 09min
  • 021 Chapter 19
    Duration: 17min
  • 022 Chapter 20
    Duration: 09min
  • 023 Chapter 21
    Duration: 28min
  • 024 Chapter 22
    Duration: 15min
  • 025 Chapter 23
    Duration: 13min
  • 026 Chapter 24
    Duration: 20min
  • 027 Chapter 25
    Duration: 07min
  • 028 Chapter 26
    Duration: 13min
  • 029 Chapter 27
    Duration: 13min
  • 030 Chapter 28
    Duration: 12min
  • 031 Chapter 29
    Duration: 06min
  • 032 Chapter 30
    Duration: 12min
  • 033 Chapter 31
    Duration: 10min
  • 034 Chapter 32
    Duration: 06min
  • 035 Chapter 33
    Duration: 09min
  • 036 Afterword
    Duration: 12min
  • 037 Credits
    Duration: 38s
  • sample
    Duration: 01min

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