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Moneyball

Genre: Sport, popular economics

Stars: 4

Links: Amazon UK and Amazon US

 

The Blurb:

Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis follows the low-budget Oakland A’s, visionary general manager Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball theorists. They are all in search of new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.

 

My Review:

With a story so well-written that draws you in as if it was a novel, and the characters so well-described you leave the narrative with a feeling of knowing them intimately, this is non-fiction at its best.

When Billy Beane, ex baseball player, takes over the Oakland As as general manager, he and a crew of “nerds” and “misfits” turn the world of baseball upside down by winning against the financial odds.

Part explanation of the application of economics and statistics to the value of baseball players, part ode to an idea, this is a beautifully written and absorbing read. It has something for everyone. And no, I don’t watch baseball, but this book has given me a new appreciation for the dilemmas faced by sport managers and the creative ways of building teams with little money in the era of “money talks”. Brilliant.

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