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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.
I decided to read this book after I got a nagging feeling that I am the only statistician in the US who hasn't read it. Read morePublished 1 day ago by N. Tuzov
I hated it. It was so sad. I want to believe in the dream and mystique of baseball. I am so glad Oakland got knocked in the play-offs. Nobody remembers second place.Published 11 days ago by carpenter
Met the man this May and thought I'd get the book.
A bit technical for this non baseball nut (I live outside the USA) but you don't need to understand it... Read more
Well written, fast paced and interesting even to a non-addicted baseball observer. There are enough personal interest stories to fill out an otherwise big picture approach. Read morePublished 11 days ago by jack k clapper
I have read this twice and wanted to get this for a friend. Great book, well written. Lewis is at his best writing this one. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mike Slife