By Michael Lewis
The Oakland Athletics have a mystery: a successful baseball crew is made, no longer bought.In significant league baseball the largest pockets is meant to win: wealthy groups spend 4 occasions as a lot on expertise as terrible groups. yet during the last 4 years, the Oakland Athletics, an immense league workforce with a minor league payroll, have had the most effective documents. final 12 months their megastar, Jason Giambi, went to the superrich Yankees. It hasn't made any distinction to Oakland: their incredible season incorporated an American League list for consecutive victories. Billy Beane, basic supervisor of the Athletics, is placing into perform at the box innovative rules garnered from geek statisticians and school professors. Michael Lewis's extraordinary, irreverent reporting takes us from the dugouts and locker rooms-where coaches and gamers fight to unlearn such a lot of what they find out about pitching and hitting-to the boardrooms, the place we meet vendors who start to seem like fools on the poker desk, spending huge, immense sums and not using a clue what they're doing. mix cash, technological know-how, leisure, and egos, and you've got a narrative that Michael Lewis is magnificently fitted to inform.
About the Author
Author of the bestsellers Liar's Poker, the hot New factor, and subsequent, Michael Lewis can be a columnist for Bloomberg information. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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