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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.
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 1 day 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 1 day ago by Tom A.
Michael Lewis has another excellent book explaining the world and how money drives decisions-both good and bad. I find all of Michael Lewis's books worth reading.Published 12 days ago by Keith A. Davis
Read this book only if you are prepared to realize that much of what you thought you knew about baseball is nonsense. Read morePublished 16 days ago by D. G. Devin
Not a baseball fan but I picked this up because it was on Forbes' list of smartest books...and I can see why! Read morePublished 20 days ago by Jay
For a fan of baseball it is an interesting read particularly if into the metrics of the gamePublished 27 days ago by Robert J Harding