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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.
This book is so much better than the movie, it can't even be compared to it. This book focuses much more on the process and explanation and less on the handsomeness of the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Author of Looking Glass
Great story about inefficient markets in an unexpected place. Given me new ideas to apply to my own job marketPublished 11 days ago by Nugget
Highly recommend this book. Not a baseball fan but still wildly enjoyed the storyline. Will probably read this one again.Published 13 days ago by Shirley
Knowing about stats and analysis is one thing, but actually watching them disrupt something as iconic as major league baseball is another. Read morePublished 15 days ago by L. Vogel
I don't follow baseball at all, but I think I will start just to see how the story pans out. Lewis finds hugely interesting ways to make what could be a dry subject brim with life. Read morePublished 15 days ago by D. Knapp
MIchael Lewis does it again. As others I have noted, I find baseball well only slightly less dull than golf. But what I do find fascinating is Mr. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Judith
I am a life long baseball fan, Grew up in the northeast and was a Mets fan in their early years. They weren't very good, but they were fun to watch. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Tom A.