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LT: Over the Edge: Tackling Quarterbacks, Drugs, and a World Beyond Football Hardcover – November 25, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; English Language edition (November 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060185511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060185510
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this slapdash effort, former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor and a supporting cast of characters recall the football legend's career and personal struggle with drug addiction. On the field, Taylor was universally regarded as the greatest defensive football player in the game's history. His size, speed and ferocity led the Giants to two Super Bowl championships in 1986 and 1990, and earned Taylor an exalted place in NFL folklore, as well as in the record books and in the Football Hall of Fame. All this for a player, readers learn, who rarely worked out, practiced lazily and played many of his awe-inspiring games hungover. While he was succeeding on the field, off the field Taylor's life was out of control. He was addicted to cocaine and to a hard-partying lifestyle that eventually led to a divorce, numerous arrests, financial ruin and employment prospects that sunk as low as professional wrestling. Although billed as an autobiography, the book (written with New York Post columnist Serby) is more an oral history, interweaving Taylor's remembrances with those of former teammates, coaches, sports writers and friends. While there are some memorable anecdotes and a few intimate glimpses, there is surprisingly little new here for Taylor fans beyond the depressing details of his most recent travails. That's unfortunate-underneath it all, Taylor' is a truly rich, compelling story. He remains a larger-than-life personality, and one who made extraordinary football history in one of the NFL's most colorful eras. Still, in this, his second shot at autobiography (his first was LT: Living on the Edge in 1987), the true substance of Lawrence Taylor goes woefully unexamined.
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Lawrence Taylor now divides his time between Florida and New Jersey.

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Customer Reviews

A must book to read for any football fan.
Larry Hammel
Most of the book has LT's associates writing a particular story about LT, then he comments on the person, the story or both!
T. Bundrick
Excellent job by Steve Serby in extracting the candidly raw details of LT's life.
Jennifer S. Lowy

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fan in Great Neck on May 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
His story is a very honest and hard look at his life written by he. He goes thru this nightmares of this addiction with honesty and detail. This many setbacks and attempts at sobriety are frightening and unknown to this common man. He were a great player for many years. He have finally conquered he demons and he are now a likable and respected person.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Spell VINE VOICE on January 17, 2005
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If you like football then you will probably love this book. Lawrence Taylor is arguably the best player in the last 20 years or maybe forever. He clearly revolutionized his position.

This book is probably 30% football, 70% off the field. And that's as it should be as his world was wild and wooly and makes a great read. The drugs, the women, the parties are all here. Some of the most interesting parts are how he hid his drug habits from the NFL.

This isn't a classically written book. But the stories are so compelling it can't help be entertaining. You'll read it with your mouth open in disbelief. And, at least for the time being, it ends with a story of redemption.

I strongly recommend this book for football fans and stories of the wild life.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By COOL JEWEL on February 19, 2005
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THIS IS A VERY HONEST AND HARD LOOK AT LAWRENCE TAYLOR WRITTEN BY HIMSELF. HE GOES THRU THE NIGHTMARES OF THIS ADDICTIONS WITH HONESTY AND DETAIL. THE MANY SET BACKS AND ATTEMPTS AT SOBRIETY ARE VERY INTERESTING AND FRIGHTENING. HE WAS A GREAT PLAYER FOR MANY YEARS FOR THE GIANTS. LT HAS FINALLY GOTTEN A HANDLE ON HIS DEMONS AND IS NOW SOMEONE TO RESPECT. I FOUND THIS TO A WELL WRITTEN BOOK AND RECOMMEND THIS FOR ANYONE.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Just not a very good book. Poorly written. LT's arrogance really sticks out...he makes several ridiculous statements about his NFL career and his personal life. This makes it hard to feel any sort of compassion for him. It just makes him seem like an animal. A decent read, but don't expect anything much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug Kelly on December 8, 2003
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"Tell all" sports books rarely do so, but this effort is an exception. Taylor and Serby carefully and artfully tell the story of just what made Taylor the player he was, and wasn't. You wonder if Taylor's destructive behavior was what made him so great. Or could he have been even better? A good read.
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In this book, Lawrence Taylor goes into his life of drugs, fast cars, lots of woman, and tons of money. He describes his life, but with not so much detail. In fact, a chunck of his book are actually quotes from other people intermingled within his text. The book is about 250 pages long with a large font. I bought so it would last me a while, but I started reading it at noon, and finished it before dinner.
The third person quotes are what really got to me. A portion of the quotes are self promoting, and other quotes just repeat what LT described in the previous paragraph. They hardly provided any insight into LT, but ruined the flow and continuity of the book in general.
The lack of detail is also apparent. There are many references to how fast he was and how he revolutionized the game, but he provides no expansion of this. No information on how fast he ran, or how much he can bench press, or what types of plays he helped revolutionize. In terms of a football book, it's virtually non-existent. He doesn't go into much detail on other parts of the books as well. He describes a lot of parties, bar hopping, fast driving, and throws a few general stories in there, but with only a few exception, nothing specific to hold on to.
Another bad part of this book is that in the end, he tries to evoke sympathy to which no one really can't.
This brings it back to his life story. The most admirable aspect of the book is that he is very honest with himself. He knew cocaine destroyed him, and sometimes goes into some depressing stories. He knew he was lazy sometimes, but he still played hard.
All in all, it's short, but extremely readable. It's more of an outline than a full fledged expose, but it's honest and somewhat shocking nonetheless.
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Over the edge covers everything from LT's college days, through his career with the Giants to his post career problems. The book gives you a god idea of the lifestyle LT led off the field but doesn't go into too much detail. In a nutshell, he partied hard, had extra marital flings, but still managed to show up and give 100% on Sunday Afternoon. Having been a Giants fan for over 25 seasons, I had can say that. you'd never know that there were many a night that LT would show up at the stadium after being out till 8 am, and still manage to play a helluva game. The after career chapters, which detail LT's drug use make you feel some sympathy, but also angry that it took LT so long to clean his act up. Overall, This is a decent sports biography, one any football fan will appreciate.
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By Susan on May 16, 2004
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LT is very honest in recounting the disturbing details of his battle with drugs and a lifestyle that ultimately was out of control. Yes he became a different person as LT and lived off the field witht he same wild abandon that he brought to the game.
The stories are entertaining if somewhat predictable. Drugs, sex, more sex, etc...
MY problem with the book is that while Taylor is attempting to demonstrate his contrition for his bad behavior , especially toward his family, the tone of his descriptions of the wild times comes across as giddy and bragging.
The guy was the best football player I've ever seen and I am glad he landed on his feet after going through all of this.
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