A unique memoir of a "tough guy's" life,Gutsis a sharp and wry meditation on American manhood A self-confessed reckless jerk, Robert Nylen has spent the last four years grappling with Big Diseases (cancer and diabetes), an astonishing twelve broken bones, and ten surgeries. And yetGutsis not a mere chronicle of injuries, but an unsparing and hilarious memoir, war story, self-help book, and confessional. Nylen shows how a callow suburban kid growing up in the 1950s and 1960s became a slovenly, hard-partying, immature fraternity boy before growing up quickly--fighting in Vietnam, and being wounded multiple times in the line of fire. It was then that he started the real risky business--in the media world. Some of his ventures succeeded, and some failed. He exercised feverishly and often displayed a complete lack of common sense. And then he got sick with colon cancer. Hilarious and moving, this is a riveting account seen through the scope of a national obsession with toughness. Whether he's punching Razr-scooter riders in Chinatown or walking point as platoon leader in the Vietnam jungle, Nylen never backs down from a good fight--and he has the scars to prove it. From the Hardcover edition.