Michael Lewis is a great story teller. His books are fast paced and hard to put down.
I'm a Michael Lewis fan, and that's the reason I picked up this book. It was interesting most of the way thru but seemed to never end. I was glad when it did.
You can tell that Michael Lewis is a full blooded believer in Sabermetrics and not an objective reporter of the story; but like he says in the opening it's a great story. Also, I enjoyed hearing it 8 year later, knowing what the outcome of Billy Bean and Paul DePodesta 2002 draft was.
I found this book to be entertaining and quite enjoyable, even though I am not much of a baseball fan. It does get bogged down a bit with statistics, but the collection of statistical data, and new ways to look at these statistics is at the heart of this book. I most enjoyed the stories of the players and the look into the rather odd, superstitious psyche of the professional player.
This was awesome. For any fan of the game of baseball here is a behind the scenes look at a team who didn't spend money. While there is some profanity it is used in direct quotes and helps you understand the person talking better.
If you like keeping score when you attend a baseball game you'll enjoy this book. Baseball is a whole new business now.
Listeners looking for sports (with a bias to baseball), business, and self development nuances will get a little bit of each as they listen to the author narrate his story. The narration by the author is easy and straight forward. There is the potential for some listeners to focus too much on the significance of the statistical theory expressed and/or on feeling comfortable with an unfamiliar story setting if they do not have a prior knowledge of the baseball world and its contemporary players. However, at the end of the day, these listeners will hear a powerful story with excellent underlying messages --- a story that can be thoroughly enjoyed after one discards the dilemma of not fully understanding the numbers and baseball lingo. To those that are baseball enthusiasts and are immersed in that sports love for statistics, your time spent will be a "home run" as the author presents a different twist on what that all means.
As an Oakland Athletics fan, this book brings special significance. This book will show you the innermost workings of the best GM in baseball. Interresting stuff and will actually get your heart rate up in the final moments!
I enjoyed learning about baseball statistics, which had previously seemed uninteresting to me. I find baseball thoroughly uninteresting, but this book is anything but. Well read, too. If I had to pick out a weakness, it is that the author spends a lot of time gushing over how great the Oakland A's management is and not enough on the hows behinds their accomplishments. Also, my own investigations suggest that the interest in better baseball statistics has been around longer than the author suggests. This should not discourage you from a great read.
An interesting "underdog" story even if you aren't a baseball fanatic (but it helps if you are).
"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."