Michael Lewis is the author of the bestsellers Liar's Poker and The New New Thing, among other books. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Tabitha Soren, and their two daughters.
The author of Liar's Poker and The New New Thing has written a remarkable book on how a really successful baseball team competes even when the economic odds are stacked against it. He profiles Billy Beene's reign as the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, a team of modest payroll that is nevertheless loaded with young talent. He shows how a new generation ascertains talent by using computers and the cyber world with its abundant baseball statistics. Beene discarded older notions of scouting players and spent money wisely instead of gambling on whim to sign unproven players. For most sports collections. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
In order to compete in professional baseball, conventional wisdom says a team has to have a solid cash flow and a flawless recruiting program. Oakland A's general manager Billy Bean took another path to success and built a winning team from a collection of traditionally undervalued players. Scott Brick's winning performance combines pitch-perfect narration that captures the spirit of Lewis's text with a knack for reading sports stats, facts, and figures. Brick skillfully navigates an unsteady sea of information to produce a flawless reading that will keep listeners enthralled for hours. They will root for the underdog and gain a solid understanding of exactly why money can't always buy a championship. A Norton paperback. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.