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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton; Later Printing edition (May 27 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780393057652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393057652
  • ASIN: 0393057658
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Griffen on July 19 2004
Format: Paperback
Michael Lewis deftly inserted himself into the A's front office to find out how a professional baseball team with a $40 million payroll can win 102 games and consistently 90 or more wins in subsequent years and compete with teams like the New York Yankees who have payrolls exceeding $130 million.
What he reveals is that by approaching baseball in a more rational, analytical way and doing away with all the traditional conventions, you can compete with anyone who doesn't do the same. Too many GMs and coaches are seduced by speed, home runs, and batters who swing at bad pitches when the simple truth of it is that in baseball the most precious thing you have are your three outs per inning. Anything that risks losing one or more of those outs is something you should avoid. As a long-time fan of the game, it's hard for me to swallow some of the anti-traditional things Lewis describes in this book. But the proof is in the pudding as they say and the A's success over the past several years is hard to argue with.
The focus of the book is A's GM Billy Beane, a former A's player himself who had a world of talent but could not transform that talent into a Hall of Fame career. He didn't have certain intangibles that are needed. Beane now recognizes those talents in the players he drafts, recruits and trades for. Beane's obsessive personality and unorthdox ways make for interesting reading. He's a man who seems horribly tortured by the game and yet thrives on his success in the game as well.
There are excellent mini-biographies in the book including one on A's first baseman, Scott Hatteberg, a Red Sox catcher who was thought all but done with baseball after he ruptured a nerve in his throwing arm.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on Dec 16 2009
Format: Paperback
Let me start out by stating this: I'm not a baseball fan. Hockey is my game. But Moneyball transcends the game itself because it is a great story. The failed athlete and now General Manager of the poor and humbled Oakland Athletics must figure out a way to compete against the freespending New York Yankees who have triple their budget. With a rag tag team of defective players, GM Billy Bean takes on the big market teams and baseball traditionalists with a couple of Havard grads with laptops.

And baseball will never be the same again.

Sure it has baseball and statistical analysis for content, but the real story is about a group of underdogs that by wit alone figure out a way to win an unfair game.

Buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28 2003
Format: Hardcover
Lewis is a gifted writer who draws attention the great things that Billy Beane has accomplished in Oakland. This is really the first time that Beane has been given the credit he deserves in the mainstream, and it is long overdue.
When discussing Beane's player evaluation techniques, Lewis outlines a field of study known as "sabermetrics." For anyone who has not yet been exposed to sabermetrics or has only a passing familiarity with the subject, this will be an eye-opening book and could change the way you view the game of baseball. Many of the things you thought you knew about baseball will be proven incorrect, and you will be introduced to a number of new concepts that you will undoubtedly use in the future.
On the other hand, for anyone who is already quite familiar with sabermetrics (and more specifically, Billy Beane), you will not get much out of this book. Chapters 2, 5, and 9 will be informative, but the rest is either filler or a review of concepts you already know. You won't regret reading the book, but it may not be a particularly memorable one for you (it wasn't for me, hence the three stars). For people in this situation, it would be fine to wait for the book to come out in paperback and save a few bucks.
Overall, I would recommend reading Moneyball, but don't set your expectations too high if you're already familiar with the subject matter.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Max Frause on June 24 2003
Format: Hardcover
As an avid baseball fan, avid Seattle Mariner's fan, and avid Oakland Athletic's hater, I am in complete awe of this book. While I don't agree with every one of Billy Beane's philosophy's, so much of it makes sense. When you break it down, it's hard to dispute that it works for him. If every team used his thoughts would it work? Probably not, but that's the beauty of Billy and his team of computer nerds, they made a new way of thinking in baseball work.
Even if you're not a baseball fan, this book is a fabulous read. While he does go into great detail about many aspects of the game a casual observer wouldn't understand, he does it with such grace and elegance that it doesn't get the least bit heavy handed. Micheal Lewis is a master at turning in something that may seem dry to some, and making it a personal, touching story, with fabulous characters and incredible plot development. I highly recommend this book to anyone. It will be talked about for the next few decades for sure, if not beyond.
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By Patrick Sullivan TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 26 2014
Format: Paperback
Lewis is a great story teller, and this book is no exception. Lewis lays out the tale, of how a cash poor team succeeded against much richer teams. The Oakland A`s general manager Billy Beane, develops a unique approach to selecting baseball players. Traditionally baseball scouts, used a strong sense of instinct to select players. If the scout likes look of the player, they tended to favour the prospect. Billy Beane dismisses baseball tradition, and sets out on his own agenda.

Lewis details all of Beane`s methods of player evaluation. In particular, Beane is impressed with a players on base percentage. He feels getting players on base, is the key to generating runs and winning games. In his opinion, a walk is just as beneficial as a hit. The rest of the scouting community, never even consider a players ability to generate the base on balls. This new set of data, enables Beane to develop an edge in player selection. The other general managers, are unaware of this valuable information. Beane also finds these players carry a cheap price tag, because no one else recognizes the available talent.

Most readers will enjoy, the wheeling and dealing of baseball`s corporate backroom. Beane seems to skate circles around the other baseball general managers. Beane also deals with lots of personnel management issues. It all adds up, to make for a fun read.
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