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Nailed!: The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra Hardcover – April 2, 2013

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About the Author

Christopher Frankie worked side-by-side with Lenny Dykstra as editor of The Players Club, Dykstra’s high-end lifestyle and finance magazine, and as Dykstra’s primary confidant. Frankie has been a financial journalist for over fifteen years, and has written for Newsday, The Financial Times, and thestreet.com, among others. He lives in New York City.




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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 1 edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762447990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762447992
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Barry Sparks VINE VOICE on March 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As a major league baseball for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, Lenny Dykstra was a steroid user, obnoxious, hard-drinker, womanizer, party hound and reckless on the field. He was the stereotypical dumb jock.

By 2008, however, he had become a darling of Wall Street, touted by Mad Money's Jim Cramer. Dykstra had sold his car wash empire for $55 million and was building another financial empire based on his dealings on Wall Street. Cramer announced him as "one of the top four or five stock pickers in the world."

Dykstra was definitely living large. He drove a $400,00 German car, had a private jet and lived in Wayne Gretzky's former $18 million mansion. His success story dominated the headlines in 2008. And, soon his spectacular downfall would dominate the headlines.

Christopher Frankie, who worked with Dykstra on a newsletter details his out-of-control, no-ethics downfall in "Nailed." Frankie labels working for Dykstra as his "toughest challenge ever." When you read the book, you won't be able to believe that anyone could work for Dykstra for more than a week.

Dykstra, who was an abrasive jerk most of the time, was accomplishing much with smoke and mirrors. Frankie says Dykstra ultimate downfall stemmed from his inability to recognize his own limits. He was a desperate man, who seemed delusional most of the time. He had unrealistic expectations, treated his employees and everyone else like dirt and was unethical. In a two-year period, he was sued 24 times. He frequently ran up outrageous bills (like $30,000 for staying at a swanky hotel) and never paid up. He refused to pay back loans.

Dykstra was out-of-control, working and calling meetings with his staff 24/7.
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Before reading this book I always loved what Lenny Dykstra brought to the game: Speed, grit, intestinal fortitude and an 86 World Series Championship with the Mets. I was definitely upset when the Mets traded him away to the Phillies for Juan Samuel. This book shows a different side of Lenny that was definitely disturbing and totally opposite from his playing days. He became scammer, a bigot and con-artist. Even though he had a mindset of making his magazine companies work he was living much larger than his bank accounts could handle, bouncing checks, not repaying financed loans and even taking money from his newsletter's payroll accounts to pay for lavish and uncontrollable lifestyle. Dykstra also denies pay to his employees and promising them large sums of money. Even not paying them regularly or at all. Dykstra basically lured gullible people who were desperately looking for work into his phony schemes and abused their credit and at times stole their identity to continue his lavish lifestyle at the expense of his newly hired employees. The author worked for him for over a year, I wouldn't have lasted two weeks! The rise of and fall of Dykstra is disturbing for the most part. He definitely show signs of incoherence, drug use and narcissism. Christopher Frankie perfectly describes the rise and fall of his once favorite player and boss. The author nails it on the head.
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This is a very dark book. Christopher Frankie worked for Dykstra as a writer/editor and saw, up close, the construction of the Dykstra as Financial Genius legend--and all the destruction that that myth caused when innocent people put their faith in him, and watched as he looted their savings, destroyed their credit, and subjected them to a level of emotional abuse few people ever endure.

Frankie does a nice job reporting on Dykstra's early life and baseball career but then the book quickly becomes a reported memoir of his time working with Lenny as the perpetually broke ex-star passed himself off as a financial wizard and secured loans that he'd never repay. Along the way, there's antics: Dykstra's boorish and abusive behavior makes him almost entirely unsympathetic, in spite of Frankie's sort of efforts to portray him as a mixed bag.

All in all, this is one of the most bizarre stories to come out of the world of sports and money, and Frankie tells it well.

The thing I was left wondering though is this: What the hell was wrong with Lenny Dykstra? There were certainly drugs involved, but there's very limited detail on that in the book, and he appears to have suffered from several personality disorders: If I had to guess, I'd say he's a borderline and a narcissist, and probably severely ADHD too. I found myself wishing that Frankie had asked Dykstra's ex-wife/brothers to try to diagnose his issues but instead he keeps it mostly factual, reporting on what he saw of Dykstra's behavior without the benefit of much analysis.

It's an incredible story though--one of the weirdest financial stories of the past decade--and it's a book that I suspect will become a cult classic of sorts.
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The author, Chris Frankie, gave an eloquent, very unbiased approach and sometimes humorous to the various stories of Lenny Dykstra.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

In my opinion, Chris was very detailed oriented in his stories and laid them out for us to make our own judgements despite being spurned by Dykstra.
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