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Lewis (Liar's Poker; Moneyball) remembers his high school baseball coach, Coach Fitz, a man so intense a room felt "more pressurized simply because he was in it." At the New Orleans private school Lewis attended in the late 1970s, Coach Fitz taught kids to fight "the natural instinct to run away from adversity" and to battle their way through all the easy excuses life offers for giving up. He was strict, but he made such an impression on his students that now, 25 years later, alumni want to name a new gym after him. But the parents of today's students aren't as wowed by Coach Fitz's tough love. They call the headmaster with complaints, saying Coach Fitz is too mean to their children and insisting on sitting on his shoulder as he attempts to coach. A desire to set these new parents straight may be the underlying reason for Lewis's slight book, though he'd probably rather have readers believe he's just written it as a paean to a man who taught him some important life lessons. The book's corny subtitle, lack of heft and hackneyed images of kites flying and fireworks exploding may turn off some readers, but those who persevere will come away with a reminder that fear and failure are the "two greatest enemies of a well lived life." Agent, Andrew Wylie. (May)
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Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, The Money Culture, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, Panic, Home Game, The Big Short, and Boomerang, among other works, lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.See all Editorial Reviews
In case you were wondering and even if you weren't, Michael. Even a strong and useful and entertaining lesson can be devalued.Published 3 months ago by George Fowler
A different kind of book for Michael Lewis; one of personal experience and life.
However he manages to make the point that life has changed since "way back... Read more
In a day where grit and perseverance are treated as relics, Michael Lewis engages readers with his fascinating account of his high school baseball coach.Published 5 months ago by Joel S.
Biased bc I am am Lewis fan
But it is a great true story and being a coach it helps me take a look in the mirror
I am a coach and i read it over and over to remind myself of the lessons in this bookPublished 8 months ago by BTJP
Parents, please, let us coach. We are on the same team. This is a great story of how parents ruin the best thing going for their child- a coach who cares.Published 9 months ago by James Leath
Michael Lewis really hit it home. This is what's really happening to most athletic programs in most sports all over the world. It is the game of parents not the child anymore.Published 9 months ago by Mark