House of Nails

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"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.


  • 001 House of Nails

    Duração: 14s
  • 002 Prologue

    Duração: 04min
  • 003 Chapter 01

    Duração: 12min
  • 004 Chapter 02

    Duração: 24min
  • 005 Chapter 03

    Duração: 33min
  • 006 Chapter 04

    Duração: 12min
  • 007 Chapter 05

    Duração: 26min
  • 008 Chapter 06

    Duração: 26min
  • 009 Chapter 07

    Duração: 05min
  • 010 Chapter 08

    Duração: 13min
  • 011 Chapter 09

    Duração: 03min
  • 012 Chapter 10

    Duração: 11min
  • 013 Chapter 11

    Duração: 15min
  • 014 Chapter 12

    Duração: 11min
  • 015 Chapter 13

    Duração: 10min
  • 016 Chapter 14

    Duração: 28min
  • 017 Chapter 15

    Duração: 14min
  • 018 Chapter 16

    Duração: 17min
  • 019 Chapter 17

    Duração: 17min
  • 020 Chapter 18

    Duração: 09min
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