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Moneyball
The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
"This delightfully written, lesson-laden book deserves a place of its own in the Baseball Hall of Fame." —?Forbes?Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full...
"This delightfully written, lesson-laden book deserves a place of its own in the Baseball Hall of Fame." —?Forbes?Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full...
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  • "This delightfully written, lesson-laden book deserves a place of its own in the Baseball Hall of Fame." —?Forbes?Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis follows the low-budget Oakland A's, visionary general manager Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball theorists. They are all in search of new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.

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  • Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar's Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, and The Undoing Project. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 28, 2003
    Lewis (Liar's Poker; The New New Thing) examines how in 2002 the Oakland Athletics achieved a spectacular winning record while having the smallest player payroll of any major league baseball team. Given the heavily publicized salaries of players for teams like the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees, baseball insiders and fans assume that the biggest talents deserve and get the biggest salaries. However, argues Lewis, little-known numbers and statistics matter more. Lewis discusses Bill James and his annual stats newsletter, Baseball Abstract, along with other mathematical analysis of the game. Surprisingly, though, most managers have not paid attention to this research, except for Billy Beane, general manager of the A's and a former player; according to Lewis, "y the beginning of the 2002 season, the Oakland A's, by winning so much with so little, had become something of an embarrassment to Bud Selig and, by extension, Major League Baseball." The team's success is actually a shrewd combination of luck, careful player choices and Beane's first-rate negotiating skills. Beane knows which players are likely to be traded by other teams, and he manages to involve himself even when the trade is unconnected to the A's. " 'Trawling' is what he called this activity," writes Lewis. "His constant chatter was a way of keeping tabs on the body of information critical to his trading success." Lewis chronicles Beane's life, focusing on his uncanny ability to find and sign the right players. His descriptive writing allows Beane and the others in the lively cast of baseball characters to come alive. (June)Forecast:Lewis's reputation, along with extensive national promotion, first serial in the
    New York Times Magazine and a 13-city tour should help the book hit bestseller lists throughout the baseball season.

  • Lawrence S. Ritter;New York Times Book Review By playing Boswell to Beane's Samuel Johnson, Lewis has given us one of the most enjoyable baseball books in years.
  • Richard J. Tofel;Wall Street Journal A journalistic tour de force.
  • Nick Hornby;The Believer I understood about one in four words of Moneyball, and it's still the best and most engrossing sports book I've read in years. If you know anything about baseball, you will enjoy it four times as much as I did, which means that you might explode.
  • Janet Maslin;New York Times Lewis has hit another one out of the park.... You need know absolutely nothing about baseball to appreciate the wit, snap, economy and incisiveness of [Lewis's] thoughts about it.
  • Garry Trudeau Michael Lewis's beautiful obsession with the idea of value has once again yielded gold.... Moneyball explains baseball's startling new insight; that for all our dreams of blasts to the bleachers, the sport's hidden glory lies in not getting out.
  • Lev Grossman;Time Ebullient, invigorating.... Provides plenty of action, both numerical and athletic, on the field and in the draft-day war room.
  • Mark Gerson;Weekly Standard Moneyball is the best business book Lewis has written. It may be the best business book anyone has written.

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