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Hustled: My Journey From Fear to Faith [Hardcover]

By Tonya Flynt-Vega (Author)
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Pages   310
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.32" Width: 6.31" Height: 1.19"
Weight:   1.39 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1998
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664221149  
EAN  9780664221140  

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A harrowing account of violated childhood, this is the story of Tonya Flynt-Vega, daughter of pornographer Larry Flynt and is also a compelling manifesto against pornography. Tonya experienced firsthand the inside of the Hustler empire. But years of abuse left her shattered and acting out in self-destructive ways. Finally she fled her father and his world and turned to the church, learning to love God and to forgive those who nearly destroyed her life. Now, Tonya reveals the truth about Larry Flynt, and offers profound insight into the dangers of pornography, showing why it must be challenged, and that it can be challenged without violating the First Amendment. And she demonstrates why pornography is far from a victimless crime. Hustled is the story of a lost childhood, of a daughter's desperate hope for a father's love, and of ultimate triumph. It is both a powerful indictment of a multibillion-dollar industry and an affirmation of faith in the face of adversity.

Publishers Description

As the daughter of pornographer Larry Flynt, Tonya Flynt-Vega experienced firsthand the inside of the Hustler empire. But years of abuse left her shattered and acting out in self-destructive ways. Finally, she overcame her fear of her father and fled the man and his world that offered her wealth and glamour. She turned to the church, learning to love God and to forgive those who nearly destroyed her life--and learning to accept herself.

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Pure Fiction  Jul 2, 2006
Ok, since I konw this woman personally and have worked with her in the past when she was a radio show host, I can tell you from personal experience that this whole book is a load of it. This woman has written a wonderful fictional story, but not a shred of truth. I sincerely hope that people will not be swayed by her seemingly honest and "poor pitiful me" point of views. For someone who supposedly hates her Father, she sure held on to his last name to try and make a buck didnt she?
William Blake was right:  Jul 18, 2000
Prisons are built with Stones of Law; Brothels with Bricks of Religion.

Ya can't have one without the other....

It's really "Larry Flynt vs. The People"  Aug 30, 1999
With Larry Flynt as your father, you're starting life with several strokes against you, but Tonya Flynt-Vega is a survivor and Hustled describes the ordeals against which she had to survive.

Despite the recent movie that glamorized Larry Flynt as an eccentric defender of the first amendment, anyone grounded in reality can easily see through that façade and identify him as a woman-hating, solipsistic pervert. His daughter adds even more fuel to a healthily burning fire. She describes his boastful bestiality, womanizing, drug-use, flag-desecration (fortunately that was back when it was still a crime), and his unnatural twisting of the First Amendment to make it serve his own ends rather than what it clearly states.

Perhaps most controversial-but not at all surprising-is the description of his incestuous abuse of her as a little girl. Larry Flynn has preposterously denied this charge. Obviously, he would go to jail if he admitted it, but a man who has made a career out of celebrating rape is a bit hard to believe when he claims innocence of that very same crime. His physical degradation of her is typical of the behavior he espouses and exemplifies. She details many of his affairs and the overall objectification of women on which his empire is founded.

Still, this book remains far more than a "Daddy Dearest"-type hatchet job. It is a caveat on the pernicious nature of pornography. Far from the "victimless crime" myth and Larry Flynt and his myrmidons perpetuate, Tonya details the destructive nature of this cultural pollution. She introduces us to a few girls who naively believed it was a stepping stone to a movie career only to become trapped in its ruinous vortex. Perhaps the saddest example of all, however, is her own father's pathetic life. Tanya recounts the situation of twenty-some years ago when Larry Flynt flirted with Christianity after a meeting with Jimmy Carter's Evangelical sister. The book portrays him as a lost soul who was at that time searching, and Tanya believes he was legitimately tempted to abandon his life of perdition. Tragically, its pull was too great, and he became even more blasphemously hostile.

While Hollywood's fictional snow job slandered several brave souls who dared to stand up to him, this book shows the heroic actions of Jerry Falwell in bring suit against Flynt. Ruth Carter Stapleton who is expectedly dismissed by Hollywood's agnostic crowd is shown to be an intelligent woman of unbelievable compassion and kindness.

Overall the book is a very good insight into the psyche of one of President Clinton's strongest supporters.

A bunch of lies!  Jun 26, 1999
If you like fiction about a daughters attempt to make money off her father and get revenge on him then read this book. It is a bunch of lies... Larry Flynt went on the Howard Stern show with evidence of parts of the book that were pure lies. Tonya says that she does not need evidence she has her memories. Well that is BS!

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