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Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top Paperback – Bargain Price, June 5, 2007
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-- Steve Almond, Los Angeles Times
"A Moneyball-style triumph of smart management over conventional wisdom and a redemptive story of athletic success as an expression of inner strength."
-- Lev Grossman, Time
"A revealing . . . account that should engage even readers with little attachment to Red Sox Nation."
-- Mark Hyman, BusinessWeek
Top Customer Reviews
1)It's easy to understand, even if you don't know too much about baseball. I consider myself an avid Red Sox fan and a baseball connoisseur, so explanations of ERA and batting average bored me, but it does make the book more inclusive to a wider audience. It also includes a brief history of the team for those that are less familiar with it.
2)There are plenty of entertaining anecdotes and side stories in here. The sections on Nomar are particularly well-done. I now have more background information on the Red Sox ownership troika than I would have ever thought possible. What an interesting group of people.
3)The section on the sale of the team would make a new book in and of itself, and is very well-done and interesting, providing you have a rudimentary understanding of economics and finance. If you don't, or hate numbers, prepare to be bored silly and skip about 75 pages.
4)There is a lot of new information on the process that brought about the Schilling trade. I found the tale of Jed Hoyer's ugly Thanksgiving stomach virus to be two of the funniest paragraphs in the whole book, though I'm sure Jed would disagree.
5)And, of course, the famous Epstein/Lucchino rift is very well-documented and traced, to the point that I found myself getting frustrated with the characters for not noticing that Theo was acting increasingly bizarre and doing something about it months earlier. If Mnookin noticed, somebody else should have. A very nice job leading into the final explosion.Read more ›
Because people are so passionate about the Red Sox and about baseball I suspect there will be lots of different reactions to the book. Already it seems to have angered those who think they're the only "true" fans. Take the review in the Globe, where the writer (a host of a sports show) said he would prefer to remain ignorant (his words, not mine) about what actually happens in the game, or one of the reviews here written by Bill Nowlin, who has written many, many books of his own about the Red Sox (eight since 2004 alone). He makes fun of the title but doesn't say he's good friends with Rob Neyer and took part in research for Neyer's book. He also says this book made a mistake by saying Kevin Youkilis was on the World Series roster, but Youkilis was indeed on the roster, replacing Ramiro Mendoza, who'd proven himself utterly worthless in the ALCS.
I think that's to be expected when writing about baseball and the Red Sox. People feel very strongly about both, regardless of what else is going on in the world. I wasted many hours of my life reading all of the books that came out after the 2004 World Series, and this is one that finally looks at the whole history of the last six years while giving you the behind-the-scenes access and the beauty of the game. If you want to know anything about either baseball or the Red Sox this may be the best book produced in the past ten years, and may be one of the best baseball books ever.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For a Red Sox fan or a serious baseball fan of the last 20 years, this is a meticulous and detailed account of one of the most tumultuous times and teams of the lasts 15 years: the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Avid Reader
I read the book before the movie. I liked both. Behind the scenes of a winning team. Good read whether you're into baseball or notPublished 17 months ago by thayer
A very revealing, insightful, and enjoyable book. A must read for understanding the inner workings of management and building the Bosox and "Feeding the Monstah!"Published on April 5, 2014 by J. Rabenold
I am a devoted Red Sox fan and life-long New Yorker, so I can never get enough about my favorite baseball team. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by LovesToRead
This book helps a rapid Sox fan from the Midwest to understand all the ins and outs of the Boston franchise. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Dave Berg
This book is an in-depth look at the interworkings of the Boston Red Sox. As with any Red Sox book worth it's salt, it begins with a brief history of the team itself, exploring the... Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by Section36
The count of books on the Boston Red Sox after their 2004 championship mounted up quickly. There is an empty forest in Oregon because of all of the publications. Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by WDX2BB
Could not lay the book down. A must for Baseball fans. The personalities are described in depth, sometimes shockingly so. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by kanegirl
First, a confession. Although I was born a third-generation Yankee fan, I switched my allegiance permanently when I moved to Boston in 1975 and have been a diehard member of Red... Read morePublished on February 1, 2011 by Beth Quinn Barnard