This was a great book on the East Bay Boys and their fearless leader, Billy B! While the Moneyball debate rages on (does it really work or not?) the data continues to pile in and lend its support to Billy's mad methods. As a fan of the game I was instantly drawn in to the drama of this book and the many play-by-play descriptions that were thrown in. The vivid pictures combined with the insights on the more recent history of baseball makes this book a fun and engaging read (listen). Whether you love the A's or not (and I do) this book has so much baseball in it, -- if you're a fan -- you must read it!
This is the kind of book that only Hollywood could write. In the curse-breaking year of the BoSox, the authors combined to weave an amazing story that looks suspiciously like the team's history since the trade of the Bambino. Of course, we now know how the story ends but because the authors didn't, this is an incredibly fun and enjoyable read. The back and forth drama is at once bliss followed immediately by intense agony. After all, it's two die-hard Boston Red Sox fans and we would expect nothing else from BoSox Nation! I'm not even a Sox fan and found myself unable to 'put it down'.
This is a great book full of insight, humor and of course -- baseball. The author weaves a good story keeping baseball lore alive and well, while sprinkling in the facts, too (snicker snicker). Seriously, if you love the game, then you'll love the book!
I enjoyed this book to a degree, but Barkley speaks up about a lot of things he doesn't seem to understand or know about, at least not first hand. The book is pretty funny and he does a nice job of narrating the material, but over all the material was lacking. If you're looking for a "pass-the-time" kind of read, this is a good book. If you want something very thought provoking and insightful into the world of sports, this probably will leave you disappointed. =)
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