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“You need know absolutely nothing about baseball to appreciate the wit, snap, economy . . . and incisiveness of [Moneyball]. Lewis has hit another one out of the park.” —Janet Maslin, New York TimesBilly Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager, is leading a revolution. Reinventing his team on a budget, he needs to outsmart the richer teams. He signs undervalued players whom the scouts consider flawed but who have a knack for getting on base, scoring runs, and winning games. Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball and a tale of the search for new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.

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Thomas Chandler, November 11, 2011 (view all comments by Thomas Chandler)
Michael Lewis' Moneyball is a rousing David and Goliath story about an underdog Major League Baseball team that takes a data-driven approach to buying and selling baseball players, and ends up winning many more games each season than their much richer counterparts.

At times the writing itself feels a little repetitive and breathless, but overall, this a fun, engrossing read.

Lewis rides along with the Oakland A's for a season and profiles the people who have rejected baseball's hidebound "conventional" approach to player recruitment, which relies largely on intuition, painfully restrictive rules of thumb, and a flawed approach to statistics.

Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane is at the center of the story, and Lewis couldn't have asked for a more colorful -- or even sympathetic -- character.

The most interesting part of the book may have been the epilogue (I read the Barnes & Noble ebook version), which outlines the responses of establishment baseball figures and sports journalists to the hardcover version of the book. They're mad and they clearly want to attack the book, but do little more than buttress Lewis' contention that baseball's inner circle is little more than a social club with little interest in modernization.

A very fun read of a book made popular again by the movie.
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The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
W. W. Norton & Company
Lewis, Michael
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