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Busted: The Rise and Fall of Art Schlichter Hardcover – September 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1933197678 ISBN-10: 1933197676 Edition: First Edition

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orange Frazer Pr; First Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933197676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933197678
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't buy his "illness" justification for his gambling problems either.
Hot Lights
After all, he didn't murder anybody or molest children; he doesn't think he's as guilty as the guys who committed those crimes.
karhill54
It was good to know the 'new' Art Schlichter, humble, wise, and determined to help others with this addiction.
K. Squires

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By karhill54 on April 1, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I know that this is supposed to be a review of the book rather than the person it is about, but it is hard to separate the two. The book really grabbed me and since it isn't a long book I ended up reading it in one sitting in just one afternoon. It is written in a casual and conversational tone. He holds nothing back. He's very open and honest and lets it all hang out. He expresses remorse, regret, and shame. As the story gets deeper into his destructive behavior, I felt rather like I looking at a severe, bloody road accident. I went from just reading a memoir to indulging in a morbid fascination for his spectacular crashes. Though he claims to have deserved all of his punishments, he implies some contradictions when he complains that some of his incarcerations were more draconian than his crime deserved. After all, he didn't murder anybody or molest children; he doesn't think he's as guilty as the guys who committed those crimes. He's not a "real" criminal, he's just "sick." He doesn't want to be punished for his crimes, he wants to be treated for his illness. I'm sorry, but if you have the FBI looking for you and you're running and hiding away from them, you probably fall into the category of a criminal.

He is quite proud of the fact that he never bet on nor did he "fix" a game in which he played. He considers that to be the lowest of the low to which even he would never stoop. I think that particular point of view is really part of his moral blindness. He would never cheat HIMSELF; he ALWAYS took care of #1, Art Schlichter, before anyone else. His priorities are mixed up, and I still don't think he gets that, even after all this time.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hot Lights on September 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Someone gave me this book to read because I am an Ohio State alum and a big OSU football fan. Reading this book is like watching a slow moving train wreak, the outcome never in doubt and of interest only because it happened in your back yard. It chronicles the sad, shallow life of All-American Quarterback Art Schlichter, who stole from his family and friends so that he could indulge in his reckless gambling compulsion and in the process destroyed the lives of himself and his family.

From this book I learned that Mr.Schlichter lived most of his life as a pampered, self centered jock who had a penchant for betting money on the horses at Beulah Park and Scioto Downs and transitioned to compulsive betting on all sports. Supporting him was a cast of facilatating syncophants including family members, high school chums, small time bookies, football coaches and university administrators; each one did their share to contribute to the tragedy and each had something to gain by covering up Schlichter's behavior, at least initially. Eventually all would end up looking foolish and complacent.

Art demonstates scant legitimate remorse for stealing from others nor for the suffering he caused to his family and friends. He kept doing the same criminal acts repetitively for decades, interrupted occasionlly with incarceration by the judicial system. I would describe him as a glib sociopath who is very good at misleading people. For that reason, I find it hard to know what to believe in this autobiography. I don't buy his "illness" justification for his gambling problems either.

There is sufficient dirty linen in the book to satisfy the prurient interests of OSU football program haters. You will find the names of legendary OSU football coaches, players, cheerleaders and even the Rose Bowl Queen and no one comes out of this book looking like a hero.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Barnabas on September 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a great look into the Life of Art Schlichter. It's sad in many ways, yet uplifting as you find yourself pulling for him to beat the gambling demons that have cost him so much in life. This book is about more than football it's about the challenges we all face in life and what happens if we give in to those things that try to master us. There is still hope for Art to suceed in life and be a contributor. I hope he makes it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JackMetal on October 26, 2009
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This was one of those books I just couldn't put down. I kept reading until my eyes gave out. I have had my own addiction issues mainly with alcohol and to a lesser degree sports betting and the book had me spellbound. I was fascinated with Art's meteoric rise through the ranks of high school and college football, culminating with being the #4 pick in the NFL draft. It was equally shocking to see Art's free fall, eventually winding up in a maximum security prison. In between there's more insanity than you could ever imagine.
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By N. J. Korora on May 15, 2010
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This book is awesome, having never seen Art Schlichter play and always hearing about him, I had to read this book. Schlichter did not hold back in this book at all, he is brutally honest about everything. Why would he make this stuff up? I highly recommend this book to any Buckeye fan or any one who gambles.
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