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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Rutledge Hill Pr; First Edition edition (September 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558531947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558531949
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Already famous as a football star with the Washington Redskins, Manley attained an entirely different sort of prominence when he testified before a U.S. Senate committee that, despite having attended Oklahoma State University for four years, he was illiterate. Here, with former Washington Post sportswriter Friend, he offers an autobiography supplemented by contributions from family members, friends, ex-coaches--and fellow addicts, for Manley was a heavy cocaine user, and was banned from football for a year in 1987 after testing positive for drugs. A man with a genius for manipulating others, he compensated for feelings of inadequacy by adopting a boastful, flamboyant persona, he reveals, yet his first-person narrative suggests someone who still lacks insight into his essential nature. Currently drug-free and making great strides towards full literacy, Manley tells the intriguing story of his near-tragic but ultimately hopeful life. The book, however, would have profited from editing of repetitious passages about Manley's substance abuse and marital infidelities.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ladyjo on July 9, 2002
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I think this is a great book to read. Though Dexter choose his own destination, I will give him praise for being bold and brave enough to share with the world his reading and writing disabilities, family life and drug addiction.
I met Dexter one time in person and I wish that I would have read this book before our meeting, because he definately deserves a great big hug and a pat on the back. I am rooting for Dexter.
Last, this story/his book would and is a great inspiration for people with learn disabilities and for drug addicts. Dexter could have been the Michael Jordan of Football, but instead his choice was drugs, which destroyed his career in the NFL. Dexter is a big person to admit, he was the blame.
Great Read!! And I am not just saying that because I live in Washington, DC and I am a Redskins Fan. Go Number 72
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By blake on October 31, 2001
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No one would say that dexter manley hasn`t made his fair share of mistakes, missteps which he refreshingly holds himself accountable for as public figures and atheletes in particular are unaccustomed to doing, but in the end you can`t help but like this good-natured guy from Houston. He`s funny, honest, his anecdotes about the Redskins and his former coaches and teammates shed light on a real NFL atmosphere, and he comes away from the book with a smile on his face, as you will too.
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By keith on December 9, 2006
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he did whatever it took to stay in football. but, he just couldn't leave the drugs alone. he was a good player with it and, without it. would have been better if never used it i think. i met this guy twice growing up. he will always be one of my favorite players of all times. on the field and off the field i can relate to him a lot. not with drugs but, other things they talk about in the book is me also.
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Anyone who enjoys personal stories of an athlete fighting obstacles in their life will be inspired by reading this book.
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