For this assignment we had to pick and choose a book related about business or economics. I chose to read the book “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis.The book discusses some of the business side of the Oakland Athletics (The A’s) during their historic 2002 season in which they won 20 consecutive games. I personally felt that as a fan of the Oakland Athletics, it was blasphemy that I have not read the book of the legendary season. Some of the business aspects Lewis touches upon in the text is what statistics they use to sign players and techniques that Billy Beane, The A’s General Manager, uses when inquiring trades with other teams.
Michael Lewis, born october 15, 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a financial journalist and a non-fiction writer. His most notable works are “Liar’s Poker”, “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game”, and “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game”. Lewis attended Princeton University where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Art History.He then later enrolled in London School of Economics, where he earned a Masters Degree in Economics. After graduating from the London School of Economics, Lewis was hired by Salomon Brothers, a wall street financial bank, and he had moved from London to New York to participate in their training programs.After training, he went back to London to work in their UK offices. Later he resigned from his position, he became a financial journalist and wrote the book “Liar’s Poker”.
The Art Of Winning An Unfair Game
The book Moneyball starts off with a short preface about why Michael Lewis wrote the book. Lewis states. “I wrote this book because I fell in love with a story. The story concerned a small group of undervalued professional baseball players and executives, many of whom had been rejected as unfit for the big leagues, who had turned themselves into one of the most successful franchises in Major League Baseball” (Lewis 1).This intrigued Lewis because The A’s were consid…