Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 17, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 96 pages
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A story with a big heart about a boy, a coach, the game of baseball, and the game of life.

"There are teachers with a rare ability to enter a child's mind; it's as if their ability to get there at all gives them the right to stay forever." There was a turning point in Michael Lewis's life, in a baseball game when he was fourteen years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis's ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. "I didn't have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do." The coach's message was not simply about winning but about self-respect, sacrifice, courage, and endurance. In some ways, and now thirty years later, Lewis still finds himself trying to measure up to what Coach Fitz expected of him.

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User Review  - Kevin Murray - Goodreads

Lewis is a great writer, and essay is no exception. But it doesn't live up to the promise. The author is still in awe of the coach who showed not a hint of sympathy when a one-hopper shattered Lewis ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael LaRocca - Goodreads

It would be a great article in a sports magazine. But as a hardcover book, it's just too light on content. I got it at the library, which is great. If I'd bought it, I'd be disappointed. Read full review


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About the author (2005)

Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of Liarís Poker, The Money Culture, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, Panic, Home Game, The Big Short, and Boomerang, among other works, lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

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