Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Billy Beane, general manager of MLB's Oakland A's and protagonist of Michael Lewis's Moneyball, had a problem: how to win in the Major Leagues with a budget that's smaller than that of nearly every other team. Conventional wisdom long held that big name, highly athletic hitters and young pitchers with rocket arms were the ticket to success. But Beane and his staff, buoyed Billy Beane, general manager of MLB's Oakland A's and protagonist of Michael Lewis's Moneyball, had a problem: how to win ...

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Title:Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Author:Michael Lewis
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:317 pages pages

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Reviews

  • Eric
    Sep 28, 2011
    I found this book extremely interesting, especially since I didn't read it until eight years after it came out, meaning I knew how all the draft picks and other players mentioned in the book panned out (a topic on which a good deal has now been written). Only my rule of always reading ...
  • David
    Mar 29, 2017
    For the most part, the is a fun book to read about the general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. The first half of the book was very enjoyable. Toward the end, though, it became a bit repetitive. It's not that the author repeats himself--he does not. It's just that the st...
  • Ben
    Apr 17, 2009
    To most people, this book is about stats, how some stats are inadequate, and moreover, how important stats are ignored. But that's not why I like this book. The real story for me is how people with fewer means succeed. It is more than an undercurrent in the book, and it is sadly ignore...
  • Shane
    Apr 22, 2008
    Moneyball is a book that shook the world of professional baseball, but not necessarily in the way it should have. Let me explain... Moneyball is framed around the story of Billy Beane, a hot prospect who never panned out in the majors, who became general manager of the Oakland A's i...
  • Diane
    Jul 22, 2013
    Michael Lewis hit this one out of the park. I love his writing style -- he is able to explain complex and insider ideas to a layperson, and he makes it interesting. That skill is as valuable to a reporter as a baseball player's on-base percentage was to the Oakland Athletics. The st...
  • Kemper
    Apr 19, 2012
    Having the misfortune of being a Kansas City Royals fan, I thought I?d had any interest in baseball beaten out of me by season after season of humiliation. Plus, the endless debate about the unfairness of large market vs. small market baseball had made my eyes glaze over years ago so...
  • Jason
    Sep 06, 2008
    I fucking hate watching sports. Hate it. Then how is it that this book, about applying pertinent statistical analyis to creating baseball teams and playing basesball, so captivated me? It's a testament to a) the skill of the author, Michael Lewis, but also b) the unequivocal appeal ...
  • Patrick
    Dec 17, 2007
    If you're a baseball fan, you'll really appreciate this book. It is more or less a primer on the way the emphasis on statistics has come to prominence in many circles around the sport, and provides insight into some of the seemingly more arcane terms around the sport, such as OBP, OPS,...
  • Caroline
    Apr 30, 2008
    A couple cons: The writing?s a little heavy-handed in places, which might just be a hazard of writing about baseball. Ex: ?The batter?s box was a cage designed to crush his spirit.? Plus, as a poet, I always feel guilty reading books like this when I could/should be read...
  • Nancy
    Feb 26, 2009
    I know next to nothing about baseball, and less than that about statistics, but this book about applying new statistical thinking in baseball to the selection of a winning team (the Oakland A's) was absolutely riveting reading for me. Michael Lewis is just that good. ...
  • Matt
    Mar 01, 2016
    ?It breaks your heart,? A. Bartlett Giamatti wrote of baseball in a piece called The Green Fields of the Mind. ?It is designed to break your heart.? And so it does, year after year. Baseball, as has often been noted, is a game predicated on failure. The game?s best hi...
  • Ryan
    Jan 24, 2012
    Boy did I read Michael Lewis' Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game at the right time: January. (The off-season.) Over the last two years, I've made a real effort to learn about sports. Hockey? Not a problem. The NBA? A gossipy league, but I think it's more popular because...
  • Will Byrnes
    Oct 25, 2008
    This is one of the best baseball books I have ever read, and that is saying something. Lewis? focus is on Billy Bean, the GM of the Oakland Athletics. Because Oakland is a small-market team, Bean must use his brain to tease out the players who can help his team, at a reasonable cost....
  • Riku Sayuj
    Oct 25, 2011
    It was a better story before I knew the whole story. Almost every book on randomness I have read had a reference to Moneyball and I had built up my own version about this story (I had even told a few people that version!) and it imagined everybody doing what Billy Beane was doing...
  • Alex Ristea
    Mar 28, 2015
    I read the book and then immediately watched the movie, and I can confirm that (once again) the book is better than its silver screen counterpart, even when its written by the legendary Aaron Sorkin. A little about why this book was important to me personally. I am not a baseball fa...
  • Jokoloyo
    Feb 01, 2018
    The major taxing of this book is not the baseball terms, but there are so many people appeared in the book, and the similarities in names are not helping. For example, the main protagonist is Billy Beane, and there is another important character whose name is Billy James. That's my onl...
  • Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
    Oct 30, 2016
    A wee bit all over the place and rambling but more than made up for by the fascinating subject matter. ...
  • Alisa
    Aug 01, 2017
    The inside story of the unlikely success of the Oakland Athletics 2002 team at the hands of General Manager Billy Beane and his unconventional talent evaluation methodology that enabled him to field a division winning team at bargain basement salaries. The history of baseball statistic...
  • Brina
    Jul 24, 2012
    I read Moneyball at a time when I wasn't reading too much besides preschool kids books and reread it for the baseball book club I am a part of on good reads. Michael Lewis follows the story of general manager Billy Bean and his 2002 Oakland As, a low budget baseball team that managed t...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Feb 24, 2016
    ?The pleasure of rooting for Goliath is that you can expect to win. The pleasure of rooting for David is that, while you don?t know what to expect, you stand at least a chance of being inspired.? This book came out in 2003, and the movie version came out in 2011; yet, it ...
  • Jason
    Nov 03, 2011
    This is a good book, but not as good as I thought it was going to be. Sometimes I find technical writing to be a bit repetitive and this definitely leans more toward technical non-fiction than biography (I was hoping for more of a human interest story here)?because even though Billy ...
  • Scott Rhee
    Mar 23, 2016
    As a writer, Michael Lewis has that amazing ability to write about one thing but actually be writing about something else entirely. Sometimes it?s meanings within meanings, and it often requires a deeper read between the lines. ?Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game? is...
  • Joshua Guest
    Jul 20, 2012
    If you haven't already seen the movie, you ought to see the movie. And after you have seen the movie, you ought to read the book. I loved the film adaptation, it adds magic and melancholy to the story. This book stands out to me not because it's a good underdog story (though it is a ve...
  • Big League Manager
    Jan 31, 2012
    Well, its kind of about baseball. Its more really about Billy Beane and how terrific a GM he is and, as an extra bonus, he is so much like the swell guys on Wall Street who have it all figured out. Well kinda. You see, the Oakland Athletics were/are a "poor" ballclub. They do n...
  • Kali Srikanth
    Oct 27, 2012
    Billy Beane raises his right hand up- ?There are rich teams, there are poor teams, there is 50 feet of crap and then there is US.? reaches the table level. Thirty pages into book I knew this book is going to be completely different from movie version only time to decide if it?...
  • Wayland Smith
    Mar 23, 2018
    This is a book that's not quite what it seems, or not wholly, anyway. It's mostly about Billy Beane, manager of the Oakland A's, and his unique method of recruiting players. Where most baseball teams rely on scouts and "wisdom" like "This guy is good looking," Beane uses some hard data...
  • Nooilforpacifists
    Nov 27, 2013
    Simultaneously among the top 10 sports books and the top 10 economics books. Without Lewis's typical Princetonian smugness. ...
  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    Oct 05, 2016
    Really enjoyed this, partly because reading a baseball book in October when your team is in the playoffs gives you a great high and partly because I was surprisingly and honestly fascinated by the science of sabermetrics. Science and math have never been my strong points, but like Jura...
  • Howard
    Jun 07, 2014
    In honor of the MLB postseason, I am resurrecting a book review that I wrote back in 2009. I hardly know where to begin in attempting a review of Michael Lewis? Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. It isn?t that I don?t think that the book is well written, because it ...
  • Chase Chandler
    Jun 11, 2018
    Has phenomenal insight on the inner workings of the front office of baseball. Additionally it offers an incredible perspective into the complex world of baseball stats. I feel like I understand baseball waaaaaaaaaaaaay better because of reading this book. A must read for any base...