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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (2003)

by Michael Lewis

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Business. Sports & Recreations. Nonfiction. Economics. HTML: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?
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NF
  vorefamily | Feb 22, 2024 |
Sports
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Story: 10 / 10
Characters: 9
Prose: 7
Content density: 9

An absolutely incredible book and I don't even watch sports.
Moneyball will probably teach anyone to love data, numbers, and mathematics.

Highly recommended. ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
Fascinating and gripping read. Interesting that clubs don't take this more seriously, but seeing how it is changing as well. I'd like to maybe read more from Lewis. ( )
  robkoechl | Oct 27, 2023 |
This is a great sports book. If you love baseball you have to read this. Everyone can learn from what Billy Beane and the A's did when they decided to question they way baseball players had traditionally been evaluated. Of course those who argue against the new perspective are only afraid that the new philosophy of "Moneyball" proves that they have been doing their jobs wrong the entire time. ( )
  CMDoherty | Oct 3, 2023 |
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Lately in a wreck of a Californian ship, one of the
passengers fastened a belt about him with two hundred
pounds of gold in it, with which he was found afterwards
at the bottom. Now, as he was sinking-- had he the gold?
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Business. Sports & Recreations. Nonfiction. Economics. HTML: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?

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