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All Bets are Off Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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About the Author
Recruited from Sunbury, Schwarz made his AFL debut in 1991. He played 11 seasons with the Demons, retiring in 2002. During his playing days David appeared regularly on Channel 9 s The Footy Show, Sunday Football Panel and also appeared as a regular analyst with Triple M. Since retiring from football, David is still heavily involved in the media, co-hosting SEN s The Run Home, as game day analyst for Channel 7, and columnist for Inside Football. David is been a passionate advocate for Gamblers Help and works with the Australian Leisure & Hospitality Group and many sporting clubs in highlighting the importance of responsible gambling.
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
I heard David Schwarz speak at a local Business breakfast this past Thursday and I have finished his book earlier this morning. Virtually couldn't put it down and it's been read in two days. The reflection David Schwarz delivers (with Adam McNicol) on the self-focussed person he was and the preparedness he has to lay all that bare, gives us the readers, a blueprint for getting out of any deep hole we may have dug for ourselves. This is a story filled with themes of redemption, addiction, and champion people (like Karen, David's incredibly loving and tough minded wife). The story is told very factually and effectively... as the final chapters race the reader to the finish, the efforts to dig out of the debt David built is inspiring.
Worth noting too, that the story starts with an experience (which David refuses to use as an excuse) that will chill you. What he went through as an eight-year-old boy is extraordinarily sad. Throughout the book, despite Schwarz's dad's weaknesses and indiscretions, the affection the son holds for the father permeates the whole story and in the final resolution, there are a couple of paragraphs where a moment of being at peace is shared so poignantly that, as a reader invited into this journey through a living hell, you can only cheer for the hero story teller as he arrives at this calm.
As you might have picked up, I thoroughly recommend this book. It is honest, generous and inspiring.
All Bets Off