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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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4.2 / 5
Fantastic, and not too 'inside baseball'
November 14th, 2014
Once I opened this book, I couldn't put it down; I read the whole thing between two flights and a layover at an out-of-the-way airport. A fascinating look at the strategy that goes into building a winning baseball team; Billy Beane is presented as honestly as possible, his strategies, flaws and strengths laid out for the whole world to see. Great book, way better than the movie!
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Quite good
October 12th, 2014
I've read this book the first time in 2003 and it introduced me to Sabre metrics, which is good as far as I'm concerned. The book has its lengths, especially when Lewis talks about Beane as if he had a crush on him. The book has its place in any baseball fans shelf, whether you like Sabre metrics or not. The book proves, that Sabre metrics aren't really helpful in projecting careers, just in understanding careers past and assessing current careers. There is too much that goes into the development of a player that can't be counted to make really useful projections, meaning the draft will always be mostly guess work. But the book also shows, that the classical stats are in itself not really helpful to understand the value of a player, and the work of a good GM should be to find the weaknesses in his own team and fill those holes within the available budget. That is where Sabre metrics comes in, it can help find the holes and it can give you a helping hand in filling them. The biggest value of this book is, that it shows it can be done, lots of TV stations by now use and display values like OBP or OPS, even WAR (wins over average replacement) is used in ESPN analyses. This book helped to pave the way for the ideas. What if the author went overboard in idealizing the people, you have that in most reality based books.
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Collision of business and passion
May 23rd, 2014
Michael Lewis is a writer with a style I cannot resist. I was reading this book at every opportunity. Once again it is amazing to see how "market inefficiency" can be found in many sectors and how passion can blind people to facts. This "market inefficiency" is described in human terms and the story of the underdog succeeding (players and the team) is always a favourite theme. I loved the baseball establishment's reaction epilogue of the book. It put what the book revealed in context to the sport - and how entrenched ideas are hard to change. Sad to see how once again challenging the establishment has unintended consequences.
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January 23rd, 2014
This was another great book by Michael Lewis, even though I have seen the movie I found the book more entertaining. Even though I don't really follow baseball, the use of statistics to pick undervalued players and the consequent use of the same method by many more teams and in many different sports made it an inspiring read.
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January 10th, 2014
A fascinating look at a guy who should have been a great player but turned out to be a better strategist.
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January 2nd, 2013
A fascinating read.
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