Moneyball is a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.
In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Lewis shows us how and why the new baseball knowledge works. He also sets up a sly and hilarious morality tale: Big Money, like Goliath, is always supposed to win.... How can we not cheer for David?
"Lewis has hit another one out of the park... You need know absolutely nothing about baseball to appreciate the wit, snap, economy and incisiveness of [Lewis'] thoughts about it." (The New York Times)
"I understood about one in four words of Moneybal, and it's still the best and most engrossing sports book I've read for years. If you know anyting about baseball, you will enjoy it four times as much as I did, which means that you might explode." (Nick Hornby)
"Engaging, informative and deliciously contrarian." (Washington Post)
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Interesting book, overdramatic reader
Yes, if they were interested in baseball. Pretty dull if you're interested in sports/math.
It's about the statistical revolution in baseball which is basically synonymous with the title of the book and it's worked incredibly well. It's a great book about modern sport and has a great mix of underdog narratives (fat guys, weird pitchers, etc) and math.
No... he's just too over dramatic. He does not fail to pronounce "any" as anything but "an-ny". Throwaway phrases like "there wasn't anything that anyone could do" become smug triumphs: "there wasn't AN-NY-THING that AN-NY-ONE could do." I made it through the endless Atlas Shrugged also read by him and the moment I started listening, I recognized his over dramatized style. Not every sentence needs to be a revelation.
Recommended reading for all sports fans