Review of “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis

MoneyballMoneyball was an interesting, if long book. Charting the success of the Oakland A’s baseball team despite their lack of funding, the book details the decisions Oakland made to achieve that success.

The book goes into every decision that led to Oakland winning more games than they should have done. However, it goes into those details in a little too much depth. In order to demonstrate a particular statistic’s worth, Lewis uses a player as an example for each.

The players are examined from their early childhood up to their getting bought by Oakland in great detail. Detail that I felt was often unnecessary. After reading five pages on a player, I felt I understood the point, but it might continue for another thirty or forty pages talking about the same point.

The underlying message of the book, however, is very powerful: that we accept conventional wisdom just because our “betters” tell us to. And that analysing that wisdom and finding flaws is often a way to achieve great success. It’s something I think can be applied to many walks of life.

That message is frankly what kept me going through the book. I’m not a baseball fan, I was there for the ways they reanalysed the game, not for the game itself. However, the book is very long for the message it contains. The author also seems to have a problem with commas that makes the book occasionally hard to read. Sentences are missing commas at a rate of one every few pages or so, which interrupts flow as you have to go back and re-read a sentence to find out what he meant.

Overall, I did enjoy Moneyball, but I can’t give it more than 2/5 stars (3/5 on Amazon), meaning it was okay. You can pick up a copy here:

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The movies was much better than the book, in my opinion. I’ve watched it twice. You can grab a copy of that instead here:

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