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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis.    If you've read Michael Lewis' other bestseller, Liar's Poker (reviewed on this website), you know that Lewis understands finance.  Yet Moneyball is mainly about baseball, not finance.  Indeed, finance and investing are almost never mentioned in this well-written book.  However, in a sense Moneyball is really about the process of investing, because it describes--in a very entertaining way--how a major league baseball manager (Billy Beane of the Oakland Athletics) finds and focuses on meaningful statistics, invests in new talent, and "sells" high.  In baseball--and investing--the conventional wisdom is frequently misguided.  In baseball--and investing--bargains are typically found where others aren't looking.  Further, in baseball--and investing--popular players/investments are frequently overpriced, while less popular players/investments are the real bargains.  Readers who enjoy baseball, but not necessarily investing, will find Moneyball to be a very interesting book, while investors will be struck by the parallels between baseball management and money management.  All told, Moneyball could be considered a book about smart investing, written in the language of baseball.  Speaking of the language of baseball, be aware that some players are quoted using foul language.

ISBN: 0393324818
Format: Paperback, 316pp
Pub. Date: April 2004
Publisher: W.W. Norton and Company

 

 

 

 

 

"[Moneyball] is the best business book Lewis has written.  It may be the best business book anyone has written."

The Weekly Standard

 

 

"You need know absolutely nothing about baseball to appreciate the wit, snap, economy and incisiveness of [Lewis's] thoughts about it."

New York Times