House of Nails

  • by Lenny Dykstra
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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' best seller. 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 postcareer 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 listenable, House of Nails makes no apologies and leaves nothing left unsaid.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Self Serving...

Dykstra's Book is a self serving, probably truthful narrative of his life. Seemed to me that there was a significant amount of purposeful omissions to make his case.

Can't recommend the book, can't dislike the book. It is what it is. There was nothing to keep you glued to it. It was ok, and that's about all. I was glad when I finished it. Sorry Lenny, you were a better player than you are a writer.
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- rwmiller

Foul mouthed gloss over story of a troubled life

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

That's a tough one. How about people who think that arrogant, foul mouthed, druggies with lots of money are cool...
like Charlie Sheen

What was most disappointing about Lenny Dykstra’s story?

That he glossed over his crimes and was always the victim. His family and ex wife and kids were ignored thru most of the book...I'm sure they suffered greatly....not a good family man.
In the last chapter he gave a mini token apology to his ex-wife....WOW!
The scene where he bought the German Shepard for $75K so he could win $100 bet with the doorman...was sickening
He was out to prove EVERYONE has a price bc he would sell his soul for money..

Which scene was your favorite?

When he got beat up in jail...of course he claimed he was totally innocent (like everything else)

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes...It reminds us there are people like this in the world...arrogant, cheating, foul mouthed, crass, crude, money grubbers....pathetic

Also he went to jail

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- michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-28-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio