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Built to Win: Inside Stories and Leadership Strategies from Baseball's Winningest GM Hardcover – April 2, 2006
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About the Author
John Schuerholz has been the general manager of the Atlanta Braves since 1990, and before that was the G.M. of the Kansas City Royals. He is the only General Manager in baseball to win a World Series championship in both leagues. Larry Guest is the author of Arnie: Inside the Legend, The Payne Stewart Story and many others.
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Schuerholz comes across as a pompous blowhard who wants us to know that he IS the best dressed man in baseball ("dapper" & "stylish apparel" are used in the book), and that he and Tom Glavine know more about wine than idiots like Stan Kasten. In fact, we get three pages on a Chateau La Fleur Petrus Pomerol, vintage 1961 - oh yeah, that's great reading!! Add some incessant name dropping and a pile of Management 101 anecdotes and you get this opus of self-love.
I really thought I'd enjoy this book. It's too bad the big guy didn't stick to baseball and leave the management cliches for someone as impressed with the author's insights as the author himself. It's almost as if Schuerholz is desperately seeking his share of the credit for the success of the team; so much so that he tries to convince the reader that his management expertise is more responsible for the team's success than the organization Bobby Cox had in place when the author arrived in Atlanta. I'm not buying it, John - even though I was dumb enough to buy this book.
My main problems with the book, John seems to have some vendetta against moneyball, his poetry and he seems to be trying to convince us that winning 14 division titles is worth more than having won more the one World Series. The streak was amazing. And unlike some comments have been made, it doesn't happen without John Schuerholz's help. Just like it doesn't happen without Bobby Cox and the players. It took everyone, and from the General Manager's standpoint there were some interesting topics discussed in the book. But i wouldn't spend more than $5.00 on the book.
And feel free to skip ahead if it gets a little boring.
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It's a decent book, but I could care less about John Schuerholz the poet, I bought the...Read more