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    Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (Hardback) By (author) Michael Lewis

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    DescriptionIn major league baseball the biggest wallet is supposed to win: rich teams spend four times as much on talent as poor teams. However, over the past four years, the Oakland Athletics, a major league team with a minor league payroll, have had one of the best records. Last year, their superstar, Jason Giambi, went to the superrich Yankees. It hasn't made any difference to Oakland: their fabulous season included an American League record for consecutive victories. Billy Beene, general manager of the Athletics, is putting into practice on the field revolutionary principles garnered from geek statisticians and college professors. Michael Lewis's irreverent reporting takes us from the dugouts and locker rooms, where coaches and players struggle to unlearn most of what they know about pitching and hitting, to the boardrooms, where we meet owners who begin to look like fools at the poker table, spending enormous sums without a clue what they are doing. Lewis's examination of America's national sport is a combination of money, science, entertainment and egos.

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