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Lewis was in the room with the A's top management as they spent the summer of 2002 adding and subtracting players and he provides outstanding play-by-play. In the June player draft, Beane acquired nearly every prospect he coveted (few of whom were coveted by other teams) and at the July trading deadline he engaged in a tense battle of nerves to acquire a lefty reliever. Besides being one of the most insider accounts ever written about baseball, Moneyball is populated with fascinating characters. We meet Jeremy Brown, an overweight college catcher who most teams project to be a 15th round draft pick (Beane takes him in the first). Sidearm pitcher Chad Bradford is plucked from the White Sox triple-A club to be a key set-up man and catcher Scott Hatteberg is rebuilt as a first baseman. But the most interesting character is Beane himself. A speedy athletic can't-miss prospect who somehow missed, Beane reinvents himself as a front-office guru, relying on players completely unlike, say, Billy Beane. Lewis, one of the top nonfiction writers of his era (Liar's Poker, The New New Thing), offers highly accessible explanations of baseball stats and his roadmap of Beane's economic approach makes Moneyball an appealing reading experience for business people and sports fans alike. --John Moe --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Purchased this for my husband after watching the movie. When I gave it to him he thought there wouldn't be anything new in it but he is reading it and enjoying it! Read morePublished 1 day ago by EJ
I am conversant with both baseball and financial statistics, so the topics covered in this book were not new to me. Read morePublished 3 days ago by musicandarts
This is an interesting book. We bought copies to gine to my team at work. "The way we've always done it is not always the best way."Published 3 days ago by Matt M
Excellent read about the inner workings of Major League Baseball.Published 6 days ago by Angela Park
I loved the movie, but the book was tons better. I know, I know. That's always the case, right? Well, this is one of the very few books that I actually read all the way through,... Read morePublished 8 days ago by M. Klongpayabal
this was a great read!
not sure why I waited so long to finally read it. very informative and entertaining.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a page turner as many of his books are.Published 20 days ago by Paul B
According to editorial reviews here on Amazon, Mark Gerson of the Weekly Standard once said that this book, Moneyball, "may be the best book ever written on business. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zachary Thomas