Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael Lewis
Narrator: Michael Lewis
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Biography & Memoir, Self Development, Sports, Baseball
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: May 2005
Length: 1 hour
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Lewis (Liar's Poker; Moneyball) remembers his high school baseball coach, Coach Fitz, a man so intense a room felt "more pressurized simply because he was in it." At the New Orleans private school Lewis attended in the late 1970s, Coach Fitz taught kids to fight "the natural instinct to run away from adversity" and to battle their way through all the easy excuses life offers for giving up. He was strict, but he made such an impression on his students that now, 25 years later, alumni want to name a new gym after him. But the parents of today's students aren't as wowed by Coach Fitz's tough love. They call the headmaster with complaints, saying Coach Fitz is too mean to their children and insisting on sitting on his shoulder as he attempts to coach. A desire to set these new parents straight may be the underlying reason for Lewis's slight book, though he'd probably rather have readers believe he's just written it as a paean to a man who taught him some important life lessons. The book's corny subtitle, lack of heft and hackneyed images of kites flying and fireworks exploding may turn off some readers, but those who persevere will come away with a reminder that fear and failure are the "two greatest enemies of a well lived life."

Reviews (4)

Good Book

Written by Anonymous on February 28th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Really enjoyed this book. Very insightful and entertaining.

short but the best

Written by Anonymous from Elon, NC on May 19th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this audio. Short but listened to it over and over again!!

As good as one disk can be

Written by Shane Nixon from Burlington, NC on July 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I do consider myself a Lewis fan, and am even warming up to his reading style, but even still this one is just good. If you had only the time of a long work out and wanted something to make you nostalgic, this is it. Good read!

Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life

Written by Anonymous from Waterville, OH on November 10th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Coach is a parable about a Coach and coaching. However, in order to have some insight in to the pearls to be gathered you need to know something about coaching as it is currently being described. For me it lacked some key points afterwards to help focus what the author was trying to say. I realize that a parable is sufficient in and of itself, but sometimes a few comments might help. Nevertheless, it is an engaging story/parable.

Author Details

Author Details

Lewis, Michael

"Michael Lewis is the author of several books, including the international bestseller Liar's Poker. He is a contributing editor of The New York Times Magazine, a columnist for Bloomberg News, and a fellow at the University of California-Berkeley. He lives in Berkeley with his wife, Tabitha Soren, and their newborn daughter."