Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 17, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 320 pages
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"This delightfully written, lesson-laden book deserves a place of its own in the Baseball Hall of Fame." —Forbes

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.
 

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If you liked the movie youll LOVE this book

User Review  - datguy86 - Overstock.com

Its amazing how a book about baseball statistics could be so engaging and exciting. Credit goes to Michael Lewis who reveals the people and their ambitions affected by this new strategy. One of the rare examples where both the movie and the source material are great. Read full review

One of the best baseball books ever

User Review  - frankyg - Overstock.com

This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is such a detailed book and at times you can picture yourself in the room with Billy Beane. The way Michael Lewis captured this story is amazing and is a mustread for all baseball fans. Read full review

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Contents

THE CURSE OF TALENT
4
HOW TO FIND A BALLPLAYER
15
THE ENLIGHTENMENT
44
FIELD OF IGNORANCE
65
THE JEREMY BROWN BLUE PLATE SPECIAL
98
THE SCIENCE OF WINNING AN UNFAIR GAME
120
GIAMBIS HOLE
139
SCOTT HATTEBERG PICKIN MACHINE
163
ANATOMY OF AN UNDERVALUED PITCHER
218
THE HUMAN ELEMENT
245
THE SPEED OF THE IDEA
264
THE BADGER
282
INSIDE BASEBALLS RELIGIOUS WAR
288
Acknowledgments
304
Index
306
Copyright

THE TRADING DESK
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About the author (2004)

Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of The Undoing Project, Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, and The Big Short, among other works, lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

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