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“In stark, unflinching terms, Williams, with assistance from Witter, tells the story of how he won and lost his own version of the American dream, describing his crippling addiction through often uncomfortably graphic episodes of utter degeneration and despair.”
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“Those who followed last year’s media accounts of his struggles will appreciate the insights and brutal honesty expressed in this powerful career comeback story.”

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About the Author

Ted Williams grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and served in the army before becoming the #1 drive-time DJ in Columbus, Ohio. Addicted to crack, he eventually lost his job and spent seventeen years homeless on the streets of Columbus. He left long-term rehab in the fall of 2011 and currently lives in a Columbus suburb.

Bret Witter is a five-time New York Times bestselling author with more than two million books in print, including #1 New York Times bestseller Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. He lives with his wife and two children in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (May 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781592407149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592407149
  • ASIN: 1592407145
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steve Proctor on May 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a story about the human soul. The story of one man who degraded himself, and was degraded by others. Who allowed himself to sink to depths which most of us can't imagine. Even if you have a strong stomach, you'll find it difficult making it through the "low" chapters in this book. The brutal -- yet sparkling -- honesty of Williams caused this reader to hurt along with him.

What comes through here is a deep sense of human solidarity... that we are all in this together. One gets the feeling that if one person suffers, then we all suffer. No matter how often we turn away.

And when Williams describes his eventual recovery -- and rediscovery of life -- the grueling, soul-rending ordeal gradually ends. The reader has undergone a journey through a nightmare -- but the low points belonged to a real experience, truly lived by many in this society. Ultimately, the true subject of this book is the power of spiritual and moral regeneration open to all of us -- no matter how proud or humble our circumstances.

Highly recommended as a cautionary tale, as an exercise in empathy, and as a document of the suffering that is the lot of so many in our society. But finally, this is an inspiring story of healing and new life -- spiritual and bodily.

If you do enjoy this book (read: if you are able to make it through the brutality) you might also enjoy the (generally more uplifting) I Walked to the Moon and Almost Everybody Waved: The Curiously Inspiring Adventures of a Free Spirit Who Changed Lives or The Seven Storey Mountain.
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If your life is a mess and you are depressed, read THIS BOOK! Ted Williams lived a life for 20 years that most know NOTHING about. Talk about your life being a mess!!! Ted not only hit rock bottom, his life was below that. But....it all has a happy ending! Ted's story is another one of God's miracles. Beautifully written. A must read.
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I became interested in Ted Williams when I saw a film clip of a homeless man with a golden voice suddenly appear on television interviews, TV show guest spots and Dr. Phil's show. He started Rehab and then no sign of him for about a year. Ted wrote this book of his biography and I was just interested in the whole story and saw him one morning on the news. Amazon has the Kindle version and I received instant delivery. I started reading and could not put the book down. It was gut-renching and that is an understatement. He explained how he landed a job after college in an Ohio Radio Station as a DJ. He had a lot going for him as a successful DJ with lovely wife and children. Then one day he tried crack and got hooked. From there his life was all down hill for twenty years of street gutters, stealing, desperate living for a fix. He writes this book in an honest straight forward style that is refreshing. I laughed, I cried, I identified though I never experienced what he has. I have seen other men destroyed and could never understand the nature of alcholism or dope addition. With this read, you will have a better understanding of what is happening to the person and what it takes to help them. You won't be disappointed but allow a couple of hours. I hate to read and I read this book in one sitting. I will go back and refer to parts of this book for reference. It is awesome.
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I thought that I knew about addiction, maybe a little about homelessness, and at least a little bit about what it might mean to make the struggle toward redemption.

I didn't. Not until I read Ted Williams's book. What an empowering account of a horrific life. And what an inspiring tale of renewal.

This is a hard read. Sometimes you want to leave this book and this sorry crackhead behind. But keep going. Please, keep on keeping on, just like Ted.

I never ever want to face the kind of struggle that Ted and Kathy have. But if I did, I would be humbled to conquer it half as well as they have.
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In the prologue to Mr. Williams's book, he says that readers will not like him for a good portion of the book. That is true -- many of Mr. Williams's anecdotes are not kind ones, about himself or other people. As you read the book, you may wonder how in the world he received so many opportunities to clean himself and make a better man of himself.

That, however, is the real strength of this book. The fact that through his story, Mr. Williams truly understands and makes it undeniable that there are such things as second chances..and third chances..and fourth chances..

These are very powerful stories that Mr. Williams has woven into this book. The book ends with a feeling that if success and his dreams can come true for him after all he's been through, than it can happen to the reader as well.

This is a truly inspiring story.
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I chose this book with the intention of not liking it because I am the ex-wife of a drug addict. I expected it to sound like all the other addicts I had heard and felt it would some what be the same as the lies told to me by my ex-husband. I was right but this book did more for me than I imaged. Ted Williams journey although different than my ex-husband the names where different but the stories were the same that he'd told me. I'd heard it all before but this time, I was taking the time to listen. When my ex tried to explain the "why and how" of things I could not get pass 15 min or so because I was hurt. My ex is deceased now, not from drug overdose which I think because of his drug use we always thought would happen. This book allowed me to take a journey with that of a addict the highs and lows but when he said "Acknowleding God made me realize He was out there, and He was watching. It gave me a reason to do right or least try..even if the food came from teh Dumpster." and "When you have no hope of a way out, becausee you have given up on yourself completely, you are truly a homeless man" those words seemed to come from the grave for me. Many times I'd heard the same thing from my ex each he would show back up after 3-4 years absent in my kids life. I thought I'd forgiven him but it was just words...reading Ted's journey made me realize that I hadn't taken the time to really listen to all that he was saying even though I thought I had. I found myself angry and ready to celebrate at times.Read more ›
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