Review Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by MICHAEL LEWIS
Regarded as America’s “National Past Time,” Baseball had always proved to be a sport that brings the average American family together. Possessing such repute, the game had gathered interest in all facets of American society. The secrets to the success of the players and the sport itself are what the book, “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” discusses at length.
The author, Michael Lewis, follows Oakland A’s General Manager, Billy Beane. Beane’s profile and his apparent interest in Baseball is the springboard for the comprehensive analysis of the industry’s success. Backed by a group of amateur baseball theorists, the book is an attempt at gathering new knowledge regarding the game.
Readers agree that the book is an eye-opener and clears up a lot of misconceptions about Baseball. They were enthralled with how Oakland A was able to rise above their low-budget and gather numerous athletic victories.
The approach within the book is considered controversial by some, specifically with its assessment that the walks are of greater value to the team. If one is interested in the material, he or she is advised that the perspective is taken by the author to be taken objectively and with a grain of salt.
About the Author
Michael Lewis is a prolific author and a sports enthusiast. Some of his notable works are: “The Undoing Project,” “Liar’s Poker,” “Flash Boys,” “The Blind Side,” “Home Game,” and “The Big Short.”
Table of Contents
- Chapter One – The Curse of Talent
- Chapter Two – How To Find a Ballpaper
- Chapter Three – The Enlightenment
- Chapter Four – Field of Ignorance
- Chapter Five – The Jeremy Brown Blue Plate Special
- Chapter Six – The Science of Winning an Unfair Game
- Chapter Seven – Giambi’s Hole
- Chapter Eight – Scott Hatteberg, Pickin’ Machine
- Chapter Nine – The Trading Desk
- Chapter Ten – Anatomy of an Undervalued Pitcher
- Chapter Eleven – The Human Element
- Chapter Twelve – The Speed of the Idea