Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

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Publisher: Random House

Publish Date: Jul 2004

ISBN-13: 9780739317747

ISBN-10: 0739317741

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"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 giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.
In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Lewis shows us how and why the new baseball knowledge works. He also sets up a sly and hilarious morality tale: Big Money, like Goliath, is always supposed to win . . . how can we not cheer for David?

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Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: Jul 2004
ISBN-13: 9780739317747
ISBN-10: 0739317741
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 0
Abridged: Yes
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 5.5 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 0739317741

About the author

Biography of Lewis, Michael

Michael Lewis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 15, 1960. He received a BA in art history from Princeton University in 1982 and a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1985. He is a non-fiction author/journalist of mostly financial themes. His books include Liar's Poker, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, The Money Culture, and Boomerang.

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Review by Library Journal (2004-02-15)

Lewis's best-selling account of the unorthodox business practices of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane is fascinating from both business and sports perspectives. A former number one draft choice of the New York Mets, Beane was a flop as a player but learned from his experience that he should not draft or trade for superficially flashy athletes like himself. Committing his organization to the teachings of baseball statistics guru Bill James, Beane acquires players who can get on base and pitchers with high out-to-walk ratios, paying little attention to body type and eccentricities.

Winning with players no one else wants, the A's make the playoffs every year despite a low budget. Scott Brick reads ably despite mispronouncing several players' names. One of the most engrossing baseball books ever; highly recommended for all collections.

-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2003-02-01)

The author of Liar's Poker and The New New Thing has written a remarkable book on how a really successful baseball team competes even when the economic odds are stacked against it. He profiles Billy Beene's reign as the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, a team of modest payroll that is nevertheless loaded with young talent. He shows how a new generation ascertains talent by using computers and the caber world with its abundant baseball statistics. Beene discarded older notions of scouting players and spent money wisely instead of gambling on whim to sign unproven players. For most sports collections.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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 giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Lewis shows us how and why the new baseball knowledge works. He also sets up a sly and hilarious morality tale: Big Money, like Goliath, is always supposed to win... how can we not cheer for David?

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