Taking Flak: My life in the fast lane

Taking Flak: My life in the fast lane

by Dan Pastorini with John P. Lopez
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Taking Flak: My life in the fast lane 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LedHed More than 1 year ago
Many authorized biography books hit the market with the majority of the storyline and recollections told by third parties. Not so, here. Dante Pastorini tells his entire story straight from the heart and directly from his personal, "matter of fact" recollections of his remarkable life. With the expert assistance of respected Sports Illustrated writer, John P. Lopez, Pastorini pulls no punches as he gives a refreshing, illuminating account of his childhood and the driving forces behind his competitive nature, his storied athletic prowess, both from a football and baseball perspective, but also on land and water from a racing perspective and an unflinching look back on the National Football League as it was in the 1970's. Also, Dante Pastorini was one of the most recognizable and most beloved players in 1970's around the NFL and his prowess with women, fast cars, and tough, gritty football play are the stuff of legend. Any sports fan around in the 1970's was well aware of the impact the NFL Houston Oilers "Luv Ya Blue" era had on America with such "larger than life" personalities such as coach O.A. "Bum" Phillips, Earl Campbell, Carl Mauck and Dante himself. Pastorini's candor in telling his story is refreshing in a day when athletes seem to go for the easy quote or the rewriting of history to perhaps "varnish" and polish their legacy, regardless of the truth. Not so here. This, ultimately, is a story of victory and a very honest look at the ups and downs of celebrity, even within one's own family. It is very clear that Mr. Pastorini used great restraint in telling many of his stories, as I got the feeling that I was wishing the book was at least 500 pages or more just to have him expound upon some of the many varied, yet brief, "to the point" recollections throughout the years. Believe me, this guy's life was that rich and full of experiences and I finished the book wanting even more. I got the feeling from reading this story that Mr. Pastorini has evolved greatly from his early legendary wild days, found peace and happiness and is in a good place in his life. Highly recommended....!
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GrantEllis More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this auto biography. I was a fan of Dan Pastorini as a kid from what I saw on TV. Now I am a fan of his for what I know about him as a man.
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