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

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; English Language edition (November 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060185511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060185510
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rick 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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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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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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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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This book is okay. It's interesting and it's a very quick read. I only wish it was paced a little better and had more depth. It had a very basic biography to start with, then a chunk of the book was some very funny and impressive stories about LT's football acumen, his badassery, his sexual prowess, or his incredible partying. Entertaining stuff, but it ate up too much of the book and got repetitive at times. After the macho stories we suddenly get to the end of his career and then his out of control addiction and depression begins. This was very honest and showed more depth than the rest of the book, but it was over a little too quickly. Again, the pacing problem: things that can be glossed over or sped up get dragged out, and things that should be explored come and go quickly.

Still a fun read, but could have been better is all.
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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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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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