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


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  • 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: #644,639 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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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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4 of 5 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By e machine on January 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a hall of fame football player who drugs at one point took over his life.Lt started using cocaine as a social thing, but then it got to a point that it became a daily thing. The NFL started doing random drug test's Lt would tell people to urine in a cup for him so he can cheat the drug test it wouldn't show that he used drugs. Then Lt got two strikes for failing two drug test's after he heard that if he failed another drug test he would be banned from the NFL. So Lt got serious by going to rehab and cleaning himself up. I would recommend this book to anybody who wants to find out the real truth about Lawrence Taylor. Also because it's a good book to read, and its very interesting. Also to anybody who likes football. And also I would recommend it because it shows you the affects that drugs have on someone's behavior. And it gives you the real facts about Lt's drug habit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer S. Lowy on December 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This brutally honest look at Lawrence Taylor's life is a must read. Although LT has been described as larger-than-life, reading about the protagonist's ascent from rock bottom including overcoming a powerful drug addiction, makes you see LT for who he really is, human. Excellent job by Steve Serby in extracting the candidly raw details of LT's life. The book is a story about survival, overcoming obstacles and I couldn't put it down! Lawrence Taylor's life may have gone horribly awry, but, you still find yourself cheering LT LT LT
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Austin Somlo on October 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Read: 10/12
Rate: 4/5

10/12: Probably the best reason why Lawrence Taylor wrote the book is because he was broke and had declared bankruptcy. Yes, it is a good book to read although the last fifty pages or so is a drag. I couldn't help but wonder how much of the book is fiction. While Lawrence brags about his womanizing, boozing, and freebasing, I also wonder how much real pain he had inflicted on his family. That's something that is not really addressed very well in the book. Notice that Lawrence keeps getting taken care of by everybody else because he had never matured and acted like a real adult. So, we are talking about a ten year old boy trapped in a man's body. Think about the things he got away with and how his mischievous behaviors were shaped as a child. If it wasn't for football, it's conceivable that Lawrence would have been a career criminal. He just has all the right attributes for it. How much money did it cost to be Lawrence Taylor? How many people had he hurt in his life? One thing that is constant about him is his obvious disrespect for women in general. To this date, Lawrence has been divorced by his second wife due to spouse abuse, remarried for the third time, and was arrested two years ago for rape of a teenaged runaway girl. He predictably got away with it again. That's the basis of his life: do the wrong things and then get away with it with a minor slap on the wrist. All in all, LT: Over the Edge certainly puts things in perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Kelly on December 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"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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