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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game


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Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. Following the low-budget Oakland Athletics, their larger-than-life general manger, Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts, Michael Lewis has written not only "the single most influential baseball book ever" (Rob Neyer, Slate) but also what "may be the best book ever written on business" (Weekly Standard). I wrote this book because I fell in love with a story. The story concerned a small group of undervalued professional baseball players and executives, many of whom had been rejected as unfit for the big leagues, who had turned themselves into one of the most successful franchises in Major League Baseball. But the idea for the book came well before I had good reason to write it before I had a story to fall in love with. It began, really, with an innocent question: how did one of the poorest teams in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, win so many games? With these words Michael Lewis launches us into the funniest, smartest, and most contrarian book since, well, since Liar's Poker. Moneyball is a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the front offices of major league teams, and the dugouts, perhaps even in the minds of the players themselves. Lewis mines all these possibilities his intimate and original portraits of big league ballplayers are alone worth the


Explains how Billy Beene, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, is using a new kind of thinking to build a successful and winning baseball team without spending enormous sums of money.

About the Author

Michael Lewis, the author of Liar"s Poker, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, Panic, Home Gameand The Big Short, among other works, lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Tabitha Soren, and their three children.

Table of Contents

The curse of talent — How to find a ballplayer — The enlightenment — Field of ignorance — The Jeremy Brown blue plate special — The science of winning an unfair game — Giambi's hole — Scott Hatteberg, pickin' machine — The trading desk — Anatomy of an undervalued pitcher — The human element — The speed of the idea — The Badger — Inside baseball's religious war.

Product Details

W. W. Norton & Company
Baseball - Essays & Writings
Lewis, Michael M.
Lewis, Michael
Michael M. Lewis
Baseball - General
Reference-Sale Books
Sale Books-Nonfiction
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Sports and Fitness-Endcap
Sports & Recreation : Baseball - Essays & Writings
Publication Date:
March 2004

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