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“Charlie Finley takes a commendably even-handed approach to its volatile subject.”—Wall Street Journal
“One of the most promising sports titles on the horizon.”—Wall Street Journal
“[A] marvelous new biography of Finley…Green and Launius have brought an American Original back from the grave.”—Timothy M. Gay, author of Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson
The authors capture not only the enmity Finley engendered everywhere he traveled in the baseball world—including his own clubhouse—but also Finley’s valiant efforts to keep his team alive in the face of a tough Oakland market and exploding free agency. A good complement to the just-published Reggie Jackson.”—Booklist
“Charlie Finley finally gets the recognition--and the well-researched biography--that he deserves. This book bursts with fresh material, vibrant characters, and important historical insight. It's a flat-out winner.”—Jonathan Eig
“I can't imagine that anyone could have done a better job describing the life of Charlie Finley than Michael Green and Roger Launius. The book was wonderfully written and superbly researched. Finley may have been a bad guy, but his impact on the game of baseball was enormous.”—Peter Golenbock, author of The Bronx Zoo and Red Sox Nation
"An insightful, often rollicking, look at one of baseball's true kingpins."
—Tim Wendel, author of High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time
“NASA senior planner Green and Smithsonian Air and Space Museum senior curator Launius do a creditable job pinning down both the mundane and the extraterrestrial aspects of Charles Oscar Finley’s remarkable rise….Most readers will agree with the authors’ final assessment that Finley was an innovative, infuriating jackass whose braying was sometimes sensible, even wise.”—Kirkus
I was never really a big A's fan, but if you love baseball, you should read this book!
They combine the research and analytical skills of scholars with superb writing skills to produce an illuminating and thoroughly enjoyable book.
It is a great read and is filled with lots of inside stories from baseball glory days.
Well researched and well documented. My biggest gripes are ones that have already been stated by others - frequently using words like 'star' and 'superstar' in reference to players... Read morePublished 2 months ago by clemente_in_right
As someone else mentioned, there was a lot of re-hashing old stories. That's not untrue. But, there are some new and fresh perspectives as well. Read morePublished 9 months ago by B.W.
A fascinating bio of a very controversial figure of baseball history. Of interest to virtually anyone, but especially interesting to baseball fans in Kansas City and OaklandPublished 15 months ago by George Odonnell
"Charlie Finley" does an excellent job of pulling from several publications to paint a very real picture of a complicated and successful man. Read morePublished 16 months ago by DavidA7
A Wonderfully detailed bio on the A's famous owner. Its all here, how he started his wealth in medical insurance, grew behemoth business in Midwest, eventually ending up Windy... Read morePublished 16 months ago by E. Alton
I wanted to like this book because I'm an A's fan from way back but the errors bugged me. The obvious ones like Joe Rudie (sic) and Denny McClain (sic), and Corlton (sic) Fisk,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jeff Bullock
This was a gift.....he seemed happy...it was on my sons list. I'll know more next week...find out if he has had a
chance to read it.
A few years back, I read Charlie O's wikipedia stub and decided I wanted to read everything I could possibly find about him. Read morePublished 23 months ago by gojohnnylawrence
Well-researched and well-documented, there's plenty of material for anyone interested in knowing more about Charles O. Finley. Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by Virtualmonk